WRAC Association News

All the news related to Association announcements and events will be presented on this page...

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Sheelagh Wilson, secretary of Suffolk Branch on Sunday 4th March.


Funeral details to follow.

With great sadness, we confirm the death of Joan De-Vall.


Her funeral will be on Friday, Feb 16th at 13:30 at Gilroes Crematorium Groby Road Leicester LE3 9QG

Followed by a wake at the Heathley Park Groby Road LE3 9QE


If you are intending on attending please inform the Association on or 0300 400 1992

The funeral details are as follows -

York Crematorium, Bishopthorpe Road, York, YO23 2QD

On Thursday 15th February - 3:40pm

Please let Association HQ know if you are intending to attend. Email: or phone 0300 400 1992

It is with great sadness that we report the death of Col. Hazel Powell.

(Center with Kathleen Hughes on the left & Col. Francis Cook on the right)

Funeral details will be announced in due course.

It is with great sadness that we report the death of Life Vice President Captain Eileen Carter MBE TD.

(seen here in uniform in this picture from 1985)

Funeral details will be announced in due course.

Over the coming months, the National Memorial Arboretum will be moving the ATS Lady statue from it's current position to within our Association plot.
There will be a Re-Dedication of the statue at the NMA on Sunday 8th July 2018 which will also commemorate the 80th anniversary of the formation of the ATS.
Further details will be announced in the next Lioness.

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.

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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 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: before Monday 7th August, if you wish to attend.

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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.                                                                      

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