Over 5,000 women joined The Women’s Royal Naval Service during World War One, popularly known as the “Wrens”. These records are now available online for the first time from The National Archives.
The Women’s Royal Naval Service was formed to carry out shore-based duties and allow sailors to go to sea. Recruitment posters encouraged women to “Free a man for sea service”. The Admiralty aimed to recruit 3,000 women but eventually over 5,000 women joined.
Search by surname, forenames, date or place of birth and discover if your great grandmother was in the “Wrens”.