Recruitment poster for WAAC "Every girl who
enlists in the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps releases a man for
the British Expeditionary Forces"
Ministry of National Service:
Records. WAAC in France. 1920
The National Archives' Catalogue: NATS
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Women have played an important role in wartime, working in diverse
roles including nursing, teaching and farming and as clerks, fitters,
cooks, pilots, drivers, anti-aircraft gun operators, decoders,
RADAR operators and spies.
In this ‘Focus on…’ feature we profile individual women
and some of the organisations in which they served. Using diverse
documents sourced from the FamilyRecords.gov.uk partners, including
diaries, census entries and service records, we cover a 100-year
time period from the Crimean War to World War II.
The wealth of information available to family historians is vast and it
is often difficult for the beginner to know where to begin. Although
we have not been able to cover all of the services in detail, our
in each section give you information on how we researched this
project, along with pointers to help you to find out more
"Women in Uniform" will give you an insight into the
variety of records you can use to research your
female ancestors who were members of any of the featured services.
you see the symbol,
there is a link to a glossary. The symbol
indicates a link to the National Archives' Catalogue.
If you would
like explore this subject further, from 15 October 2003 until
18 April 2004 the Imperial War Museum in London are
staging a major exhibition on the role of women in wartime. "Women
and War" is the most ambitious exhibition of its kind ever
mounted on this theme, telling the story of servicewomen, nurses,
land girls, factory workers, secret agents, pilots and peacekeepers
from the First World War to the present day.