Maisie passes away

Maisie is pictured as she celebrated 101st birthday last year.
Maisie is pictured as she celebrated 101st birthday last year.

Edzell’s oldest resident has passed away just weeks short of her 102nd birthday.

Maisie Traill was born in Edzell on February 20, 1910 attending primary school there from the age of five to fourteen.

In the early part of her working life, Maisie worked in the Post Office as a qualified wireless operator.

From there, Maisie worked for the government in London at the Code and Cypher School, where she was responsible for intercepting communications from enemy intelligence during the World War Two – an experience Maisie was proud to have been a part of.

Maisie stepped into this role following the death of her brother Iain was killed in Holland during the war, feeling this was her chance to help. Maisie returned to Edzell after the war, and took up her position in the Post Office, where she remained until 1970.

Early in 2010 Maisie received the Commemorative Medal from the government in recognition of her vital work during the war and it was only then that Maisie realise just how vital her role in the war was.

Maisie died peacefully at the Balhousie Glens Care Home, Edzell on Wednesday, January 11.