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15 October 2014
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Recollections of a War-time Wren (part 3 of 3)

The airfield was quite sizeable and home to a squadron of Expeditors of the Fleet Air Arm, planes that...

Nancy recalls her service with the WRNS at Station Xicon for Story with photo

At night, from the dark streets where they dodged cars and buses, with their merest glim of light from...

A Family in Uniform

Most of his war service was spent on escort duty in the Atlantic, the North Sea,the Mediterranean and the...

Olive the WREN in Liverpoolicon for Story with photo

I shared a cabin with several WRENs until I gained promotion to Petty Officer WREN - I was then moved to a...

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Wartime Wren

We changed ships at Port Said to the SS Orion a much grander vessel and so to Aden - a sun scorched...

World War 2 Plane Stories

In the FAA Museum, there is an Albacore, a really old FAA World War 2 plane, but part of that relic came...

My Time as a WRN

After training at Brighton I went to Liverpool to work on HMS Eaglet, with two friends who I had asked to...

Mrs. Hirst: Second World War Memories: In the WRNS

After training my friend and I were sent to a holding depot in Portsmouth, and then on to London, where we...

War Snippets

Many interesting people travelled, I can remember a few i.e. Jessie Matthews, Sunny Hale, Robert Newton an...

Training to be a WRNS Wireless Telegraphist and My Posting in N. Irelandicon for Story with photo

At the beginning of 1943 I volunteered for the WRNS as a wireless telegraphist, and on the 25th May, aged...

A WREN prepares for D-Day

The office was staffed by the Flotilla Coxswain who had been in the Navy, coming from a Barnardos home, two...

Ivy Garraway - WREN AND IVY'S STORYicon for Story with photo

After completing her training, Ivy was transferred to HMS Shrapnel which was in fact The Great Western...

The War Years

Thank God we've got a Navy” as we watched the dog fights overhead between RAF and German planes....

World War 2 story

Priscilla's father was a special constable, her mother worked in a munitions factory and her brother...

World War 2

Priscilla's father was a special constable, her mother worked in a munitions factory and her brother...

My First Posting by Olive the WRENicon for Story with photo

On the walk to the wireless office we would see liners used as troop ships, aircraft carriers and other...

A Chief of Staff's Secretary in Falmouth in the lead up to D-Day.

The Memories of 2nd Officer Kay MartinW.R.N.S. In the Spring of 1945 I was promoted to Second Officer...

Greenock: WRNS and Blitz

I joined in Greenock and had my medical in Glasgow where I wanted to be a dispatch rider but unfortunately...

Initial Training or Endurance Test

I was told to report to Tullichewan Castle on Loch Lomond. Some of the girls were crying so I got up,...

My Recollections of D-Day: A Wren Attached to HMS Cicala

In January 1944 I was a Wren stationed in Kingswear, South Devon, attached to H.M.S."Cicala" a...

A Wren's Experience

We had to keep the transmitters, receivers and photographic equipment in good order so that the operators,...

A Wren's Romance at Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight

The baby and I were on the Isle of Wight and as I was expecting our daughter, I went to stay with...

Cigarettes And Alcohol

The dock police would confiscate the rum if they found it on a sailor... The police got their ciggies, the...

Joining the Wrens

I remember when it was my 21st birthday I got a late pass when my Mum and Dad came down from Aberdeen...

A Bird's Eye View: Invasion Day at Dover 6th June 1944icon for Story with photo

This account was written the day after D-Day by Dorothy Graeme who was a WREN stationed at Dover at the...

Wartime in the Wrens: In Plymouth and Yeovilton

One week later we reported to HMS Raleigh at Torpoint, Plymouth, which was a training base for the Royal...

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