Wrens Out Walking UK & Overseas 2019/20

Wrens Out Walking – 100th Anniversary Initiative

This is your chance to be a part of an international enterprise to raise awareness of the Association’s 100th Anniversary together with your individual opportunity to raise funds.

We are challenging all AOW branches, informal groups and individuals, to organise a walking event in their local area; your impact could be huge. We have put together an easy to follow guide which it is hoped will help you with your planning. The rule of thumb is don’t make it complicated keep it safe and simple. 

Everyone's a winner in RN & RM sports

From the RN Football Associaton FB post  4 April 2019  

Last night saw the RN Women team defeat the Army 2-0 in Inter-Service 2019,the first time in 15 years to lift the Knight Cup.

Player of the match AB Ciara Boylan was presented her award by Tony Tite Lockheed Martin UKIS, RN Womens Sponsor.

RNFA President Admiral Sir Clive Johnstone KBE,CB awarded AB Emily Wyse with her first Inter Service cap.


From the Royal Navy Royal Marines Bobsleigh team FB post 1 March 2019

Historic 16C ship tribute by AOW founder

A model of the Golden Hind made by Dame Vera Laughton Mathews DBE (1888-1959) which is currently on loan to the Fairlynch Museum in Budleigh Salterton from Dartmouth Museum as part of its upcoming Devon’s New World Explorers Exhibition opens 19 April. It is not known when the model was made.

The first Sea Ranger Company was known as SRS Golden Hind led by Skipper (former WWI WRNS Officer Veronica Erskine.

Happy International Women's Day

We've had a good year meeting lots of interesting women, both former Wrens and those serving in the Royal Navy today - Blue and Gold Together.

We're known as a 'Mighty Sisterhood of Women'.

Join us and find out why!

The "last" Wren to leave Malta returns

On 31st March 2019 as part of the forthcoming 40th anniversary of the British Forces leaving Malta in 1979, I most unexpectedly received an invitation from Matthew Balzan, the Curator of Malta Heritage, inviting me to be interviewed for a special presentation to be shown in the Fort St Angelo Malta Heritage Museum. 

D Day Invasion Plotter's100th birthday!


Family will gather today for the 100th birthday of a woman who played a remarkable role in world history during the Second World War's D-Day Invasion. A special gathering will take place at Langholme Care Home in Falmouth.

Beaujolois Cavendish from Constantine, near Falmouth, was one of just nine people who saw the invasion plans for D-Day in the months ahead of the assault on Nazi-occupied Normandy.

WWII PO Wren receives her medal at last!

A former Wren has been belatedly presented with a service medal for her efforts during the Second World War.  Modest 96-year-old Kathleen Blower served as a Petty Officer stores 9V) in the W.R.N.S. in Portsmouth during the war but thought she wasn’t due a medal.

AOW members support local charities

Yeovil Hospital Charity

26 January 2019

Thank you to the Association of Wrens, Yeovil & District Branch, for coming to our Oncology Unit, to present a cheques for £250 towards our Chemotherapy Chair Appeal.

We really appreciate your support

Beth Liney 


Veteran Outreach Services

28 January 2019

Many thanks to the Association of Wrens Fareham Informal Group for raising £400 for VOS from their various events throughout 2018.

Veteran Wren & Chevalier Marie Scott

Congratulations to our Veteran Wren Marie Scott, a member of Kingston-on-Thames Branch, who has been recognised by the French Government for her service in the combined WRNS, WAAF and ATS Switchboard Operators' team who contributed to Operation Overlord from the nerve centre of SHAEF at Fort Southwick. Operation Overlord was the codename for the Battle of Normandy, the Allied operation that launched the successful invasion of German-occupied Western Europe during World War II.

We Will Remember Them - November 2018

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 .

Also included preparations and rewards!



Ten Wrens lost in air-attack Nov 1940

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.

Members honour and follow traditions

Photos and news from the regions as AOW members meet together to mark the various annual events in this significant year

AOW 2020 Proposed USA Reunion June 2019



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 

Pat Davies Y Station Wrens BBC Radio 4

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).

President appoints Successor

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.

Loss of the Leinster & Wren J. Carr WWI


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. . .. 

AOW members out & about Aug & Sept

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, 

Spring into Summer - AOW on show June...

AOW on show Part Three 

In this Year of Recruiting we have made the most of every opportunity to get out and about promoting the Association.

Here are photos taken throughout the UK of some memorable events and enthusiastic members from April to July - with many more still to come .

Names for those pictured have only been supplied where permission has been granted to include them - GDPR legislation