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.
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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.