In August 1942, Blanche was hired as stenographer for the new federal government National Selective Office, a position in which she remained until the fall of 1943 when she decided to join the army. After enlistment on 1 December, Blanche left for Halifax to await her basic training, which started in January 1944 in Kitchener, Ontario. At the end of six weeks, she was posted to the office of chemical warfare in Ottawa. Shortly thereafter, she was transferred to post-war planning.
Blanche got home for a visit with her parents in June 1944 and then returned to the nation's capital where she had a small apartment with a roommate. Her discharge came through in February 1946 and she returned to Summerside to resume work with the Department of Labour, which had its office in the Journal Publishing Company building.
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