On 23rd November 1940, German airplanes attacked the South Coast. 24 Wrens had gathered for dinner in the dining room of Mansfield Hostel, Lee on Solent (HMS Daedalus) when an anti-aircraft shell hit the dining room directly and exploded.
The photos taken this month represent our Association members throughout the UK as they solemnly show their respect and commitment to the memory of the women who formerly served in the WRNS and the Royal Navy, and those serving today .
An overseas AOW member has offered to arrange a reunion in the USA to enable our North American members and any former Wrens from the UK or World Wide to celebrate our Centenary.
The proposal is a 3 day visit with the possibility of extending the stay in the US, staying at her family hotel in Shepherdstown, overlooking the Potomac River. Shepherdstown is in West Virginia, approx. 1 hour from Washington DC. Venue www.bavarianinnwv.com
Veteran Wren Patricia Davies can be heard on the link below to BBC Radio iPlayer describing her World War Two experiences at a Royal Naval Y Listening Station 'manned' by members of the Womens Royal Naval Service,.with one male RN Mechanic for the receivers. Pat's pre-service knowledge of German meant that she was selected, upon entry, to serve as a W/T Special Duties Linguist. Her younger sister, Jean, also volunteered for the services and was appointed as a Cypher Officer in the FANYs (the First Aid Nursting Yeomanry).
At the Association AGM on Saturday, 29 September 2018, Commandant Anthea Larken CBE, announced that she would be standing down as the Association President with effect from 18 May 2019. Anthea has been our President since 1999 and has been an extremely capable and elegant 'figurehead' who has represented the Association at the highest levels and is well respected by all who know her. She hands over the Presidency to Captain Alison Towler Royal Navy (Rtd) a most appropriate successor.
Today is the Centenary of the sinking of Royal Mail Ship Leinster which will be marked both in Ireland and Holyhead, and at Plymouth by members of the Association, with special mention of the only Wren who died as a result of enemy action in the First World War. . ..
Members from various areas have kept the flag flying for the Association at military and community events over the past months. Bourenmouth Branch supported the Air Show via the AOW stall for FOUR days - thank you!. We were pleased to get a distant shot of HMS DIAMOND in our new 'feather flag' shot. ..
They have also enjoyed light hearted get togethers celebrating that unique friendship gained from sharing their service memories and hearing from those who are serving today,
The 2018 Standard Bearers Competition was held at HMS Collingwood on Saturday 12th May to coincide with the RNA competition. Their members supported and encouraged the competitors and provided the judges. Carol Gibbon organised the Association section and was one of the markers for both the AOW and RNA competitions. Many Association of Wrens members came to Collingwood to cheer on the competitors. The winner was Chris Walker with Marie Taylor and Val Gleave coming second and third respectively.
March is the traditional Rugby Six Nations Rugby month, but wait ....
.... .if you were at St Helen's Ground, Swansea on Wednesday 14th March (despite the very blustery winds and rain showers) you would have witnessed a great rugby match between the RN Women and Swansea Uni Ladies. The final result was a win for the Royal Navy Women 19-15!
Please follow this link to a Youtube video (World News NOW) taken when AOW members, the WRNS 100 Committee and WRNS BT supporters enoyed a most special occasion on 12th October 2018. Commentary, and still, shown together with a full text in the Comments column:.
Field of Remembrance on Thursday with HRH Prince Harry at Westminster Abbey
Cenotaph Parade Sunday - Chairman Carol Gibbon was invited to lay the Naval Services wreath in this the centenary year of the formation of the WRNS.
An AOW contingent of 150 members took part with WO1 Barbara McGregor RN leading the Parade assisted by WO1 Annette Penfold RNR & CPO Ann Miller-McCarthy at the rear. WWII Veteran, Jean Farguson aged 91 years was thrilled to take part for the first time.