Women Of The Waves


The WRNS, more commonly known as The Wrens, was formed in 1917 when the Royal Navy faced a shortage of men during the First World War. It was disbanded in 1919 and then revived at the beginning of the Second World War. In 1993 the Wrens were fully integrated with the Royal Navy and ceased to exist as a separate service.  

Listen to former Wren Helen Reilly as she talks to veterans of the Women's Royal Naval Service (WRNS) and the Royal Navy about their experiences.  

This programme was made in 2017 to celebrate 100 years since the formation of the WRNS.

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