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christine

christine Report 13 Sep 2013 14:30


TRYING TO CHECK FAMILY STORY OF AUNT BEING A WREN,SHE CAME FROM THE ESSEX AREA
QUESTIONS ,WHAT AGE RECRUITED.
WHERE WERE THEY RECRUITED FROM,AND WHERE WOULD THEY BE SENT.
MANY THANKS FOR ANY HELP OFFERED.
CHRISTINE :-S

Reggie

Reggie Report 13 Sep 2013 14:35

Not normally 'recruited'.............enlisted voluntarily. Minimum age, I believe, 17

Postings would be to any shore-based naval station..............it's only in very recent times that females have served on board ships

BUT..............................

To find out about the way the service operated........google WRNS

nameslessone

nameslessone Report 13 Sep 2013 15:18

When are you talking about?

At the very beginning of WW2 they were only recruiting Wrens from coastal areas. Much to the annoyance of Mum who came from a London based Navy family.

Andysmum

Andysmum Report 13 Sep 2013 16:47

Lower age limit was 18, reduced to 17½ in late 1950's.

I don't know about coastal areas, but I know someone who joined at the outbreak of war and she lived in Bath.

They were sent to Naval Shore Bases (as Reggie said), and Naval Air Stations both at home and abroad.

nameslessone

nameslessone Report 14 Sep 2013 09:28

The coastal area recruitment didn't last for long but by then then Mum had joined the ATS.

christine

christine Report 14 Sep 2013 17:27

THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP,RE: WRENS
I WILL BE ABLE TO MOVE FORWARD
AND ANY SUCCESS I HAVE WILL BE POSTED
KIND REGARDS
CHRISTINE