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Night Shift at The Admirality

The machines clattered away constantly printing out their messages, some in plain English and others in...

Memories of Bletchley Park

I was posted to Bletchley Park How exciting!...

How I Came to Start Smoking

During the 1942/3 Battle of The Atlantic, I was a Wren in Western Approaches, Liverpool, employed in the...

The Luminous Ankle

My primary work was in Boon Defence, managing hydrogen balloons, initially on a shift basis. My hands were...

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A Boscombe Lady Remembers [B.Ryder]

Her firm evacuated Betty to St.Albans; it was lovely there as she were housed in a girls school. In 1941...

Mrs Ballantynes War

Later in 1942 she was transferred to Gibraltar travelling over on a fast passenger ferry the Ulster Monarch...

Entertaining in India

I was one of the last of the wrns to leave Colombo and returned on SS Strathleven to Liverpool, Chatham and...

A WREN from Dublin

I went to Liverpool and then to the Lake District before going to the Royal College at Greenwich, lecturing...

My Mum Won the War

She remembered the iron table cum air raid shelter, food shortages and mums doing dads work, but mostly -...

Love Story

I joined the Wrens, and I was stationed in Plymouth. I was stationed in Plymouth, and once I had been on...

Unfortunate Civilian Incidents

The BBC was evacuated to Bedford, and Sir Adrian Boult, leader of the Symphony Orchestra the other. Due to...

Bombing Of Bottom of Margate High Street

I went to work in a drapers shop in Margate High Street, Tyler & Dingwell....

WRNS Rifle Team

It was at the time of the Dieppe Raid. I was a member of the WRNS Rifle team and we were due...

The WREN in Paris

In January 1945 she was given 7 days leave, when with her friend Peggy Hammond who was also a WREN, was one...

Serving in Panto with Tony Hancock

I was stationed at Weston-Super-Mare with the WRENS and remember a notice was put up one night by an airman...

Wireless Telegraphy in the Wrens

I joined the Wrens in April 1943 to be trained as a Wireless Telegraphist....

The Reason I Joined the Wrens

The war 1939 to 1040 was called the Phoney war as troops stayed behind Maginot Line and German border until...

Life in the Wrens

I was in the plymouth command stationed in various southern ports as well as London... I was too busy going...

The Wrens

I worked for Professor Oliphant, Dr.Boot and Dr.Randall, developing the Magnitron for radar during the...

Decoding AND Army Life

While Grandpa was in the Desert rats as tank commander, my granny joined the wrens. Grandpa was a member of...

Jewish Decoder in Whitehall [Mrs.Bratter]

Jewish Decoder in Whitehall. I had been evacuated from East London, I was advised to go into the women...

Photograph WRNSicon for Story with photo

Photograph of Wendy when she joined WRNS at 17. Stationed at Devonport, Motor Transport Duties....

Life in the Wrens

Brief notes of her time in the Wrens were dictated by Rosemary Buchan of Devon on a train journey to Janet...

Life in the Wrens

Brief notes of her time in the Wrens were dictated by Rosemary Buchan of Devon on a train journey to Janet...

WRENS - Sheila Brewinicon for Story with photo

Sheila ran away from home, near Lincoln, at the age of 16yo to join the WRENS. She served in the Signals...

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