A West Kensington veteran of the Women's Land Army has died just three weeks after being honoured for her efforts in the Second World War.
Margaret Wicks (nee Palmer) known as Peggy, spent 70 years living in Lewis Trust flats in Avonmore Road. Her family moved there from Scotland in 1935.
At the age of 15, she left school to work at the Dubarry perfumery factory at Scotch Corner, Knightsbridge. She then worked at Keith Prowse music publisher in Soho.
She gathered many autographs from leading lights of the music industry and became close friends with famous band leader Joe Loss.
In 1939, she applied to join the RAF but was drafted to become a forewoman in the Timber Corps of the Land Army. Mrs Wicks was in charge of 20 women and they travelled across Britain felling trees for pit props in mines.
The work was extremely gruelling and one day Mrs Wicks could not work as her hands had become blistered and stripped of skin.
She often flouted the strict 9pm curfew imposed on the land girls' days off. Caught more than once, she was demoted from her position and fined two shillings and six pence from her wage of 12 shillings and six pence.
In 1943, Peggy married her husband Frank in St John's Church in Allen Street, Kensington. After the war they set up home in the Lewis Trust flats and became parents to five children - Peter, now 61; twins Brenda and Brian, 59; Thelma, 56; and Eric, 54.
Their children attended Sunday School at St Mary's Church in North End Road, Fulham. Between 1970 and 1980 Mrs Wicks worked in Woolworth's, also in North End Road.
Last month Mrs Wicks was awarded a Land Army medal for her services to the war effort. Eric said: "Mum suffered with dementia in her later years and was not always coherent, but her face was a picture when shown the Land Army Medal.
"She struggled to keep her family together after her husband Frank left the marital home in 1965, but was selfless in her efforts and determination. This made the bond in our family all the stronger.It continues to this day and is a fitting legacy to this remarkable lady."
Peggy had 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Her funeral was held on Friday at Garth Road Cemetery, Morden.