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The Queen and The Princess Royal have attended a reception to mark the centenary of the Women's Royal Navy Service (WRNS) and the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC).
During the reception Her Majesty and Her Royal Highness met a number of women who have served or are serving; including Betty Webb, 94, who worked at Bletchley Park and Joan De-Vall, 92, and Barbara Danter,90, who served in Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS).

The Queen is Patron of the WRAC Association which incorporates the WAAC and the ATS. In 1945, aged 18, Her Majesty joined the ATS and became the first female member of The Royal Family to joined the Armed Services as full-time active member.

The Princess Royal has a long connection with the WRNS, she is Patron of WRNS Benevolent Trust, the Association of Wrens and the WRNS100 Project. Her Royal Highness is also Admiral and Chief Commandant for Women in Royal Navy.

Read more: http://bit.ly/2i6NOAa

Please be aware that our plot at the National Memorial Arboretum will be closed for approximately 2 weeks (from today's date) whilst the path is being re-layed.

It is with great sadness that we report the death of ex-Commandant The WRAC Center, Guildford, Col Vere Fisher aged 95.

 

Details of Funeral:
Cremation at Glynn Valley Crematorium near Bodmin on Tuesday 29 August at 10.30am followed by a Service of Remembrance and internment of Ashes at Stoke Climsland Parish Church, Callington, Cornwall at 4pm. There will be refreshments after the Church Service. The family have said that all will be welcome at both the Crematorium and Stoke Climsland Church but that the main service will be at the Church at 4pm.

It is with great sadness that we report the death of Col Frances Cook.

 

The funeral will take place on Monday August 14th at 3:40 pm

York Crematorium Bishopthorpe Rd, York YO23 2QD

 

There will be a small gathering afterwards, please contact Julie Skinner via email: drjulies@live.co.uk before Monday 7th August, if you wish to attend.

A celebration of the role of women in uniform through the years and the contribution made in many conflicts. Our Women’s Services Day highlights the contribution of women in our armed services, something that for many years has lacked the recognition it deserved.

 

More information can be found here - http://yorkshireairmuseum.org/event/womens-services-day/

On Friday 7th July 2017 The Royal British Legion will mark the centenary of the formal recognition of the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC), the first time women were fully enrolled in the UK Armed Forces, by holding a Drumhead Ceremony and Reception at The National Memorial Arboretum.  This event will more widely commemorate the contribution of women who have served the Crown on operation or in uniform.

 

Guests will need to be seated by 11:30 for the Drumhead Ceremony, which will be followed by a Reception.  The National Memorial Arboretum will be open from 09:00 – 17:00 and we encourage guests to take the opportunity to explore the more than 300 thought-provoking memorials that can be found on the 150-acre site.

There will be guest parking at the NMA and, for those coming by train, shuttle buses between the Arboretum and both Tamworth and Burton-upon-Trent stations will be provided.

The Association has a number of tickets available for this event. Current Association members are invited to apply to attend using the online form here. (if you have any issues with submitting your application using this form please call 0300 400 1992 (mornings).

On the 7th July 2017, The Royal British Legion intend to lead commemorations at the National Memorial Arboretum marking the centenary of the formation of the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps. The Legion’s intent is to work closely with the widest possible range of relevant partners to ensure that attendance at the ceremony most accurately reflects the breadth of contribution by women in war, whilst appropriately marking this important anniversary. Further details will be made available via Associations and on the Legion's website in due course. Image copyright IWM Q5734

To mark the centenary of the formation of the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC), later renamed the Queen Mary’s Army Auxiliary Corps (QMACC) WRAC Association member Marg Davies is undertaking a 100 mile solo walk to raise funds for the WRAC Association and Cancer Research UK. The walk will start on 13th March 2017 at the WRAC Association Plot, National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire. Using the canal towpaths of the Trent & Mersey, Birmingham & Fazeley, Coventry, Oxford, Grand Union and Stratford Canals, Marg will complete her 100 mile journey on 17th March at the Stratford-upon-Avon Canal Basin in time for the WRAC Association AGM and WAAC/QMAAC Centenary Dinner.

You can sponsor Marg via Virgin Money Giving.

The National Army Museum is currently working on a project regarding the service of colonial and Commonwealth soldiers in the British Army. They are looking to interview female veterans (so far we have only had male veterans come forward) who were born in ex-colonial or Commonwealth countries and served in the British Army. They want to document why they joined the British Army; their experiences, good and bad, and the contributions that colonial/Commonwealth soldiers make. If you would like to assist please email Kirsty Parsons, Community Curator, National Army Museum on kparsons@nam.ac.uk or phone 020 7881 2459

A reminder that applications are now being accepted to attend the WAAC/QMAAC Centenary Dinner on Saturday 18 March 2017 at the Crown Plaza Hotel Stratford-upon-Avon. The event is open to WRAC Association members only, if you meet the membership criteria it's not too late to join the WRAC Association in order to attend the Dinner. To apply for the Dinner online click here.

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