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Stories categorised in 'Women's Royal Naval Service'. These stories may contain references to other themes.

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In the WRNS with Laura Ashleyicon for Recommended story

While we waited, we Wrens had various jobs to do, and Laura and I were 'Messengers', taking these...

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At the time, General Morgan was working on the plans for the D-Day invasion, so my work was extremely...

What the WRNS did in North Shieldsicon for Recommended story

I was a supply officer in the WRNS my WRNS officer was very strict but she was good... Our WRNS officer was...

One Wren's Waricon for Recommended storyicon for Story with photo

Most of the civilians had been evacuated, but we had a large number of Service Personnel, Wrens, Waaf and...

A Bird’s Eye View of the Yalta Conference by A Wrenicon for Recommended story

I was one of Churchill's cypher officers at the Yalta Conference. Three of us were to go to Yalta as...

Life as a Wrenicon for Recommended story

As a qualified naval driver I was sent to Scotland to ferry Naval officers around in Largs, and...

D-Day Experience: A Wren at Portsmouthicon for Recommended story

Extra hours In the spring of 1944, increased numbers of personnel appeared - not only Wrens and naval...

Olive Joins the WRENsicon for Recommended storyicon for Story with photo

So on Saturday 16th August 1941 I left home to travel by train from Sheffield to Dundee up in Scotland,...

Teenage Years in the Wrensicon for Recommended story

From there I went to Crail in Fifeshire, Scotland where I was a driver and drove the officers around, even...

Pauline Rice -evacuee to W.R.N.Sicon for Recommended storyicon for Story with photo

My remembrance of that time is fire watching with my wee stirrup pump on the roof of the wrenery and...

The Listeners: WRNS Listening Postsicon for Recommended story

Special Duties Y Section, WRN I was in the WRNS from December 1942 to April 1946, as part of the Special...

The Listeners: WRNS Listening Postsicon for Recommended story

The Orkney Isles - Late WW2icon for Recommended story

The Orkney Isles — late WW2 Muriel Bacon, ex WREN. I have been nudged to recall my time in the WRNS...

Overlordicon for Recommended story

Householders dragged their piano outside for a great singsong and soldiers threw down their coppers for the...

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Recollections of a War-time Wren (part 1 of 3)

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Tuppence a Day Danger Money

We also wrote messages on the balloons to Hitler, Goering, Goebbels and any other poor German who saw them....

Recollections of a War-time Wren (part 2 of 3)

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A Wren's WW2 Experiences..... As Narrated at Schools in Sydney by Doreen Orr

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Kathleen Cartwright -My Experience of Life in the Wrens

After one spell of duty, however, I was called to the Duty Officer and informed that I was to return to...

Escape and Wounding in Wartime

So I found myself setting up Lancing College for all these naval officers with the help of a 19 year old...

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After my days work was over sometimes I would enjoy a visit to the cinema, and then on Saturday I would go...

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