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Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine - - WOMEN IN UNIFORM -

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.

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