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 including pension records, 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 sources pages in each section give you information on how we researched this project, along with pointers to help you to find out more for yourself.
'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.