WRAC Association News

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

A programme of refurbishment of the planted beds in the WRAC Association plot at the National Memorial Arboretum has been completed, including the replacement of all the timbers.

Well done to all the WRAC Association Patron's Lunch Entertainment Parade volunteers, with a special mention to 90 year old Helen Morse (sharing a birthday year with our Patron HM The Queen).

The funeral of Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Audrey Purton OBE will take place at 13:15 on Thursday 09 June 2016 at Chichester Crematorium (Westhampnett Road, PO19 7UH).

It is with sadness that we announce the death of Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Audrey Purton OBE WRAC Provost on 20 May 2016, a few days after her 90th birthday. Funeral details to follow.

Don't forget that you can now follow the WRAC Association on Twitter

Good luck to WRAC Association member Marg Davies who has embarked on a 100 mile walk along the South Downs Way to raise money for the MS Society and the WRAC Association. Marg started her walk on Monday 18 April and this photo was taken at her lunch stop in Exton. If you would like to sponsor Marg you can do so via her Virgin Money Giving page.


The meeting of the Council of the WRAC Association on 10 February 2016 agreed on the publication of the Area Chairmen Role.

At the meeting of the Council of the WRAC Association on 10 February 2016 amendments to the Area structure, and allocation of Branches to Areas, were agreed. Full details are attached.


It is with sadness that we announce the death of Colonel (Retired) Eleanor Bowles on 04 February 2016 at the age of 94. Eleanor enlisted in the ATS in 1942 and was commissioned in 1944. She retired from the Army in 1978, her final posting was as Comdt WRAC College. Eleanor was a Life Vice President of the WRAC Association and served as Chairman of Council for many years.

Her funeral will be held at 15:45 on Wednesday 24 February 2016 at Aldershot Crematorium, followed by refreshments at the Army Golf Club, Aldershot.


It is with sadness that we announce the death, on 30 January 2016, of Chelsea In-Pensioner WO2 Win Phillips. Win enlisted in the ATS in 1948 then transfered to the WRAC on its formation in 1949, she served for 22 years. In 2009, at the age of 82, she joined the Royal Hospital Chelsea, becoming one of the first female Chelsea In-Pensioners. Her funeral will be held at the Royal Hospital Chelsea on 17 February at 14.00.

Congratulations to Barbara Kemp (age 91) of Plungar, Nottingham on her recent presentation of France’s highest award, the Légion d’Honneur, for her role in the country’s liberation during the Second World War whilst serving in the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS). 


It is with sadness that we announce the death of Lt Gen Sir Christopher Wallace KBE DL on 7th January 2015 at the age of 73. General Wallace was commissioned in to the Royal Green Jackets in 1962 and retired in 1999 from the post of Chief Joint Ops Northwood. He was a great supporter of the Adjutant General's Corps, of which the WRAC is an antecedent corps. A Memorial Service will be held, probably in April 2016.

Congratulations to Dame Joanna Kelleher (nee Henderson) DBE who celebrates her 100th birthday on 24 December 2015.  She enlisted in the ATS in 1941 and rose to the rank of Brigadier, serving as DWRAC 1964-67. Dame Joanna is a Life Vice President of the WRAC Association.

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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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