Hello, I would love to hear from anyone who was at Guildford in Basic Training in January 1979, or anyone who was in H&D at Guildford the Summer of 1979, or anyone who was at Bicester from 1979 to 1982. At Bicester I worked on B-sites and remember Eddie Normington, Karen Buchan (who was from Dumfries and married Barry the stacker driver), Dot Hill, Sgt. Bradley, Cpl Ince, the list goes on. There were also some civilians, David Wales (Welly) whose mother was Daphne, there were loads of people. I'd love to hear from anybody and you can contact me at lindahilton2 at fsmail dot net. Kind Regards Everyone.
Date of Posting: 15 March 2017
Posted By: Linda Hilton (nee Armstrong)
Hello, I have just made a donation of £100 to your Benevolent Fund in memory of my later mother, Mrs Edith Francis. The money was donated by friends and family who attended my mothers funeral in January 2017, as it was her wishes for donations to be shared between yourselves and the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.
My mother served in the ATS from December 1941 to May 1946, and there were many stories which she used to tell of her adventures. It wasn't until later in life, after she became a widow and the children had grown up, that she reunited with the Association becoming a standard bearer and formed the Crewe Branch of the Association with other ex-service ladies, she then went on to become the Area Secretary. The various reunions that were held were always attended and thoroughly enjoyed by my mother and the friendship and support she received was a pleasure to watch, share and remember.
Various colleagues from the Association formed a Guard of Honour at her funeral which was extremely gracious of them and very much appreciated by the family and we were all very touched by this as I know my mother would have been. I would like to sincerely thank the Association and its members for the love, support, friendship and laughter you shared with my mother, I know it meant the world to her and I shall for ever be grateful for that. Many thanks, Pauline Francis
Date of Posting: 12 March 2017
Posted By: Pauline Francis
I am conducting the funeral of former WRAC member: Kath Dicker who served 1941 to 1971 and ended up as QM with the RCT 31/05/1965 as Lt, where she remained until her departure in march 1971. Kath was awarded the BEM in 1955 and served in Kenya, Egypt, Cyprus and BAOR. For anyone who might know of her - her service is at Sutton Crematorium on Monday 13/3/17 @ 11:30 - I'd be happy to receive and memories of her.
Padre Vic Van den Bergh
Date of Posting: 10 March 2017
Posted By: Vic Van Den Bergh
I often travel to Devon on the A303, through my old stomping ground when I was a driver at HQUKLF 1973-76. One day last year, due to the road being closed past Stonehenge, I ignored my sat nav and took (to me) the obvious route. This took me straight past the old HQ. This definitely gave me a melancholy feeling especially as it was being reduced to a pile of bricks:). Also bringing back some great memories of having many a drink in the Wheatsheaf with good friends back in the day. I hope they are still enjoying life as I do. Mandy
Date of Posting: 03 March 2017
Posted By: Mandy Jarvis (Nee Baker)
Hi, I'd like to find anyone who trained worked with me. I was at Guilford in 1975 and then posted to RAVC Melton, army number W458349.
Date of Posting: 03 March 2017
Posted By: diane williams
Did my basic training at Guildford August / September 1971. 2 coy 7 Platoon. w/440812. Then on to Hounslow for a crash course on signals for comcen operators - instead of Catterick. Then to HQSE dist Aldershot. Then RAF Shawbury for Assistant Air Traffic Controllers course! Ending up in flight planning, Netheravon. Competed a free fall parachute course at Joint Services Parachute Centre. Great fun. Married a REME AAC Guy, left thr army, worked at RAF Andover, and the went to Germany in 1976 - Soltau, Hannover, Hildesiem,Detmold and returned to uk in 1981, Would love to hear from anyone serving the same time etc.
Date of Posting: 23 February 2017
Posted By: Gillian Brench nee Owens
I would like to get in touch with three people from my WRAC days. Rose Leadbetter who was stationed in Edinburgh in the early 60s and Hong Kong 1965 - 1967. Peggy Bruce, also in Edinburgh, then Hong Kong from February 1964 - 1966. She married George Grant in 1967. Thelma Jacques who was stationed at Catterick in the mid 60s, then Germany in the mid 70s.
Date of Posting: 18 February 2017
Posted By: Bett Cope
Message for Pam Land (nee Broderick)
Hello Pam, I read your message left on 13 September 2016 on page 3 and thought I'd get in touch. My name is Beverley Jones (nee Graham). I was a medic at Wilton 1978 - 1980 and lived in the same block, on the same floor as you. I'm not sure if you remember me? I seem to remember that you came from Westwood and at the time of joining I was living in Bretton. I am in touch with Debbie Burnham (now Floyd). I was also in touch with the other medic Louise O'Donnell (also know as Antonio and Mann) but sadly Louise died 5 years ago.
I remember a few names from that time, Rowena Burke (?) from Birmingham, Ann McKeown, Scotty Storrar, Midge, Jan (Clerk), Jenny Cook (nee Shapowal) who I met again in Hong Kong and several girls from 22 squadron RCT and the signal girls.
I was at Guildford in March 1978, then did my medics training, went to Wilton July 1978 until 1980 and then to Lisburn NI. I remember a lot of people of people from my basic and trade training days but am only in touch with Ellen Dunleavy (nee Groves).
I would love to hear from anyone who remembers me and would like to get in touch. I'm on Facebook and the WRAC FB page too.
Date of Posting: 15 February 2017
Posted By: Beverley Jones (nee Graham)
The picture was taken in August 1973 of members of 242 Sig Sqn, Craigiehall Edinburgh, fund raising via a swear box for handicapped children. I remember the names of Babs Lightfoot, Jan McKenzie, Margret Shields, Pat Fury and Violet Wilmot the others have slipped my memory. I would like hear from anyone who has memories of this happy time and place.
Date of Posting: 12 February 2017
Posted By: David Booth
Remembering my mother, Janet Henley Child - 1921 to 2017 - who served in the ATS from 1942 to 1950 as a driver then a subaltern.
Date of Posting: 08 February 2017
Posted By: Mike Eldridge
Comradeship, esprit de corps, benevolence and preserving traditions. The WRAC Association: maintaining contact between former members of Queen Mary's Army Auxiliary Corps, the Auxiliary Territorial Service, the Auxiliary Territorial Service Territorial Army, Women's Royal Army Corps, Women's Royal Army Corps Territorial Army, WRAC Territorial and Volunteer Reserve and women still serving in the Army.