UK Wrens – Request from Janette Crisp, Co-Coordinator Dauntless Division Photos 47-81

I am hoping to get in touch with any Wrens who trained at HMS Dauntless (Reading) in the UK between 1947-1981 (in the early years it was also known as Training Establishment Burghfield).

We have created a project called Dauntless Division Photos which, once complete, will provide an archive of easily accessible Division photos. But right now the project is also linking thousands of Wrens from this time period – rekindling old friendships, making new ones, reliving memories, sharing anecdotes and generally being a support and comfort during this unsettling time.

It’s a mammoth task being created by Wrens for Wrens.

If you know of anyone who was a post-World War II Wren, chances are they trained at HMS Dauntless. Please tell them about this project and ask them to contact us.

I can be contacted at ddpwrens@gmail.com– Many thanks Janette Crisp

Wakey, Wakey, Rise and Shine!

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The time has come for all good Wrens – and their descendants – to show they had heeded the call.

It is 78 years since the WRCNS began and this year in the time of Covid 19 pandemic, many of our them are in their 90s and sadly leaving us at an accelerated rate.

It is the time to request that our Wrens or their children, consider their historical connection to the Royal Canadian Navy as one of the 6783 WRCNS – a small group but mighty.

A draft Volume of all the Women who joined the WRCNS during Second World War is nearing completion. Where known, this lists their service number, maiden, married, first and nicknames, rank and trade.

A Second volume now underway will describe their times and lives in the service and will include photos, histories, memoirs, etc, which will tell the stories in the words of the Wrens themselves, wherever possible.

To date, the maiden names of some 800 Wrens can not be matched with their married names.

These women varied in age from just 18 to 45. In a time of crisis, they answered the call to service.

Do you hold any Wren photos, trivia, biographies, memoirs, notes, memorabilia or documents, of yourself, your aunt, cousin, sister or your mother, or even your grandmother? If so, please let us know so we can make arrangements to obtain copies of such items.

Tell us what you have.

Write to:

LCdr D Freeman, RCN Ret’d
CFB Esquimalt Naval & Military Museum
PO 1700 Station Forces
Victoria, BC
V9A 7N2

Or, Send an email via this web site:
https://navalandmilitarymuseum.org/contact/

Attn: D Freeman

Out Pipes! All hands on deck. Step lively there!

NOTE: This invitation will ONLY be open to 31 JANUARY 2022.