Victoria Drummond was a God daughter of Queen Victoria, she went to sea as a junior engineer. When war broke out the authorities decided that she should be prevented from staying at sea. She transferred to other flagged ships. She was an engineer on the Har Zion, during the evacuation from the south of France. She was awarded the MBE for remaining at the controls of the steamer Bonita during an attack, having sent the other members of the engine room crew to the deck, where they would have stood a better chance of survival if the ship had sunk. She was among the 50,000 merchant seamen who volunteered for 'the mass invasion of Europe', taking a demotion to return to a British ship; she was again frustrated in her attempt to share in the action, her ship did not leave the Solent.