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The following are a selection of books that should prove particuarly useful and are relatively widely available. It is not a complete bibliography. These books are also available to view, by appointment, at the Imperial War Museum (IWM) library. For more information on the Imperial War Museum Department of Printed Books see http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/ref-books.htm

General histories

FLETCHER, M.H.
The WRNS: a history of the Women's Royal Naval Service / Commandant M.H. Fletcher CBE. - London : Batsford, 1989. - 160p.: ill., facsims., ports. ; 29cm. - index.
ISBN 0-7134-6185-3
IWM Classification: 13(41).91 [ Women's Royal Naval Service]/1
IWM Accession No.: 89 / 1653

MASON, URSULA STUART
Britannia's daughters: the story of the WRNS / by Ursula Stuart Mason; with a foreword by HRH The Princess Royal. - London : Leo Cooper, 1992. - 184p., 16p. of plates: ill., ports. ; 24cm. - bibl. p.171-173 - index.
ISBN 0-85052-271-4
IWM Classification: 13(41).91 [ Women's Royal Naval Service]/1
IWM Accession No.: 92 / 2114

MASON, URSULA STUART
The Wrens 1917-77: a history of the Women's Royal Naval Service / by Ursula Stuart Mason; with foreword by HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, KG, KT. - Reading : Educational Explorers, 1977. - 160p.: ill., ports. ; 21cm. - bibl. p.156 - index.
ISBN 0-85225-901-8 (pbk.)
IWM Classification: 13(41).91 [ Women's Royal Naval Service]/1
IWM Accession No.: 98 / 1274


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FURSE, KATHARINE (DAME)
Hearts and pomegranates: the story of forty-five years 1875-1920 / by Dame Katharine Furse, GBE, RRC. - London : Peter Davies, 1940. - xx, 407p., 12 leaves of plates: ill., frontis., ports. ; 22cm. - index.
IWM Classification: 23(=41)/1 [ Furse, Katharine (Dame)]
IWM Accession No.: 42933

WRENS
The Wrens: being the story of their beginnings and doings in various parts - [London : W.R.N.S. Headquarters], 1919. - 48p.: ill., figs., ports. ; 28cm.
IWM Classification: 13(41).91 [ Women's Royal Naval Service]/3
IWM Accession No.: K. 93 / 1773

Second World War

BATSTONE, STEPHANIE
Wren's eye view: the adventures of a visual signaller / Stephanie Batstone. - Tunbridge Wells : Parapress, 1994. - 184p., 8p. of plates: ill., figs., ports. ; 23cm.
ISBN 1-898594-12-0
IWM Classification: 23(=41)/5 [ Batstone, Stephanie]
IWM Accession No.: 94 / 1281

BIGLAND, EILEEN
The story of the W.R.N.S. / Eileen Bigland. - London : Nicholson and Watson, 1946. - 188p., 16p. of plates: ill., frontis. ; 19cm.
IWM Classification: 13(41).91 [ Women's Royal Naval Service]/5
IWM Accession No.: 20392

BURGH, LYDIA DE
Lydia's story / Lydia de Burgh. - Hanley Swan, Worcestershire : Self Publishing Association, 1991. - 288p.: ill., ports. ; 24cm.
ISBN 1-85421-138-2
IWM Classification: 23(=41)/1 [ Burgh, Lydia de]
IWM Accession No.: 92 / 129

CHITTY, JEAN
Kent House - Colombo: letters from a Wren: May 1944 to November 1945 - Belhaven : Jean Chitty, 1994. - xi, 189p., 32p. of plates: ill., facsim., ports. ; 21cm.
ISBN 0-9505869-6-X (pbk.)
IWM Classification: 23(=41)/5 [ Chitty, Jean]-2
IWM Accession No.: 95 / 344

DRUMMOND, JOHN D.
Blue for a girl: the story of the W.R.N.S. / John D. Drummond. - London : W.H. Allen, 1960. - 207p., 16p. of plates: ill., frontis., ports. ; 23cm. - index.
IWM Classification: 13(41).91 [ Women's Royal Naval Service]/1
IWM Accession No.: 43079

FREEMAN, RAY
A Wrens-eye view of wartime Dartmouth / [compiled by Ray Freeman]. - Dartmouth : Dartmouth History Research Group, 1994. - 32p.: ill., maps, ports. ; 30cm. (Dartmouth History Research Group; paper 12).
ISBN 1-899011-01-3 (pbk.)
IWM Classification: 13(41).91 [ Women's Royal Naval Service]/5-2
IWM Accession No.: K. 94 / 977

topGREGSON, PADDY
Ten degrees below seaweed: a true story of World War II Boat's Crew Wrens / [Paddy Gregson]. - Braunton, Devon : Merlin Books, [1993]. - 131p., 12p. of plates: ill., ports. ; 22cm.
ISBN 0-86303-660-0
IWM Classification: 23(=41)/5 [ Gregson, Paddy]
IWM Accession No.: 93 / 2339

LUND, PAUL
Nightmare convoy: the story of the lost Wrens / by Paul Lund and Harry Ludlam. - London : W. Foulsham, 1987. - 128p., 12p. of plates: ill., maps, ports. ; 23cm.
ISBN 0-572-01452-X
IWM Classification: 12/5(261).02 [ 1941 OG 71]
IWM Accession No.: 88 / 115

MATHEWS, VERA LAUGHTON
Blue tapestry / by Vera Laughton Mathews D.B.E., Director W.R.N.S. 1939-1946. - London : Hollis and Carter, 1948. - 293p., 27p. of plates: ill., frontis., ports. ; 23cm. - index.
IWM Classification: 23(=41)/5 [ Mathews, Vera Laughton]
IWM Accession No.: 23896

MILLER, LEE
Wrens in camera / by Lee Miller. - London : Hollis and Carter, 1945. - 79p.: chiefly ill., ports. ; 26cm.
IWM Classification: 13(41).91 [ Women's Royal Naval Service]/5-5
IWM Accession No.: 20019

PAGE, GWENDOLINE
Growing pains: a teenager's war / Gwendoline Page. - Sussex : Book Guild, 1994. - 198p.: figs. ; 23cm.
ISBN 0-86332-910-1
IWM Classification: 23(=41)/5 [ Page, Gwendoline]
IWM Accession No.: 94 / 370

RAYNES, ROZELLE
Maid matelot / Rozelle Raynes. - Lymington, Hampshire : Nautical Publishing, 1971. - 160p., 4p. of plates: ill., figs., ports. ; 21cm.
ISBN 0-245-50602-0
IWM Classification: 23(=41)/5 [ Raynes, Rozelle]
IWM Accession No.: 63549

SPAIN, NANCY
Thank you - Nelson / by Nancy Spain; preface by Mrs. Laughton Mathews, C.B.E., Director, W.R.N.S. - London : Hutchinson, [1945]. - 144p. ; 19cm.
IWM Classification: 23(=41)/5 [ Spain, Nancy]
IWM Accession No.: 19776

STEWART, MARY JEAN
Stewart Marker, fall in! / Mary Jean Stewart. - Huddersfield : M and N Publishing, 1996. - 156p.: ill., ports. ; 21cm.
ISBN 1-899865-90-X (pbk.)
IWM Classification: 23(=41)/1 [ Stewart, Mary Jean]
IWM Accession No.: 97 / 2038

THOMAS, LESLEY
WRNS in camera / Lesley Thomas and Chris Howard Bailey. - Stroud, Gloucestershire : Sutton, 2002. - xiv, 107p.: chiefly ill., frontis., ports. ; 27cm. - index.
ISBN 0-7509-1370-3
IWM Classification: 13(41).91 [ Women's Royal Naval Service]/5-5
IWM Accession No.: 03 / 6

topTYLER, ANNA
Dear James: letters from a Wren in World War II / [Anna Tyler: compiled by] Susan Slater; illustrated by Helen Ridehalgh. - Grantham, Lincolnshire : Barny Books, [1996?]. - 117p.: figs. ; 22cm.
ISBN 0-948204-66-4 (pbk.)
IWM Classification: 23(=41)/5 [ Tyler, Anna]
IWM Accession No.: 97 / 1461

WELLS, MAUREEN
Entertaining Eric: letters from the Home Front 1941-44 / Maureen Wells. - London : Imperial War Museum, 1988. - 176p.: ill., figs., ports. ; 26cm.
ISBN 0-901627-41-0
IWM Classification: 23(=41)/5 [ Wells, Maureen]
IWM Accession No.: 88 / 1429

WILLIAMS, MARJORIE
My island war: recollections of a Wren / by Marjorie Williams; with a foreword by Lady Mary Wilson of Rievaulx. - Winchelsea, East Sussex : Marjorie Williams, 1990. - 48p., 20p. of plates: ill., facsims., ports. ; 21cm.
ISBN 0-9515206-0-1 (pbk.)
IWM Classification: 23(=41)/5 [ Williams, Marjorie]
IWM Accession No.: K. 92 / 496

WILLSON, ROSEMARY-CURTIS
c/o G.P.O. London: with the Women's Royal Naval Service overseas / by Rosemary Curtis-Willson; with a foreword by Admiral of the Fleet the Viscount Cunningham of Hyndhope, K.T., G.C.B., D.S.O. - London : Hutchinson, [1948]. - 191p.: ill., frontis. ; 22cm.
IWM Classification: 23(=41)/5 [ Willson, Rosemary Curtis-]
IWM Accession No.: 25431

topWINTER, MARGARET
The journey back / Margaret and John Winter. - Upton-upon-Severn, Worcestershire : Images Publishing, 1994. - 220p.: ill. ; 24cm.
ISBN 1-897817-31-2
IWM Classification: 23(=41)/5 [ Winter, Margaret]
IWM Accession No.: 94 / 181

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