A History and Honour news article
16 Nov 10
A service of commemoration and rededication for the Association of Wrens was held in this, their 90th anniversary year, at the church of St Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square, London, at the weekend.
The service was attended by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, patron of the Association, and Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope, First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff.
The service was attended by over 450 members of the Association and followed by a reception in the church's crypt.
Small groups of Association members were presented to Her Royal Highness at the ceremony on Saturday 13 November 2010, including the Royal Navy uniformed ushers and those modelling uniforms from through the decades...
The Women's Royal Naval Service (WRNS or 'Wrens') was created in November 1917 as a result of heavy naval losses in the previous years and a resulting shortage of manpower for active sea service...
During the Second World War, the Service lost 303 women.
In 1977, the Service was brought into line with the Navy itself and was subject to the Naval Discipline Act. This allowed a greater number of trades to be undertaken by women in the Service. It also meant they had parity with their counterparts in the Air Force and Army....
A very interesting article about an amazing group of women. Go here.