SERVICE RECORDS If you have a relative who served in one of the women’s forces, her next of kin should be able to obtain her service record. Application is via the Ministry of Defence and you can download the relevant forms at gov.uk/requests-forpersonal-data-and- service- records. ASSOCIATIONS Each of the three women’s forces has its own association for former members, and they all publish regular newsletters. You can find the Women’s Royal Army Corps Association (covering the ATS) at wracassociation.org.uk, the WAAF Association at waafassociation.org.uk and the Association of Wrens at wrens.org.uk. MUSEUMS The National Army Museum ( nationalarmy- museum.ac.uk) holds material on the ATS, including the uniform worn by the Queen – alias Second Subaltern Elizabeth Windsor – during her time as a motor mechanic.
The Royal Air Force Museum ( rafmuseum.org.uk) contains material relating to the WAAF, and The Royal Naval Museum ( royalnavalmuseum. org) covers the WRNS. For information on women who served in the Navy’s Fleet Air Arm, visit the Fleet Air Arm Museum ( fleetairarm.com).
The Imperial War Museum ( iwm.org. uk) holds a lot of valuable material relating to all three women’s services, and its archives include wonderful photographs as well as first-hand accounts, both written and recorded. ONLINE ACCOUNTS The BBC’s People’s War project ( bbc. co.uk/history/ww2peopleswar) includes hundreds of memories from former servicewomen. Click on the Armed Forces tab, and then follow the links for the ATS, WRNS and WAAF.