I have been tracking my father (Gordon Charles Dinnis) through the Second World War, and in one of his letters sent home to his mother, Annie Dinnis, he writes about his time on board a Troopship on his way to Italy in 1943. The well-known bandleader Geraldo was on board, on his way to entertain the troops, and with his Orchestra he also performed some concerts on board ship.
Dorothy Carless was in this band, and I have found some more information about her from the magazine ‘Memory Lane’ which is dedicated to the band music of this era. In an obituary published in the most recent copy (Issue 180 Autumn 2013) I was surprised to learn that she only passed away in October 2012, at the age of 95. I wish I had begun this journey of mine earlier, I might have been able to correspond with her.
The article mentions that the turning point in her career came in 1940, when she joined with Geraldo and his Orchestra, making her first recording with them in July of that year. She was also regularly broadcasting to the Armed Forces with her own radio show.