WRAC Association News

All the news related to Association announcements and events will be presented on this page...

It is with great sadness that we report the death of Life Vice President Captain Eileen Carter MBE TD.

(seen here in uniform in this picture from 1985)

Funeral details will be announced in due course.

Over the coming months, the National Memorial Arboretum will be moving the ATS Lady statue from it's current position to within our Association plot.
There will be a Re-Dedication of the statue at the NMA on Sunday 8th July 2018 which will also commemorate the 80th anniversary of the formation of the ATS.
Further details will be announced in the next Lioness.

The Queen and The Princess Royal have attended a reception to mark the centenary of the Women's Royal Navy Service (WRNS) and the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC).
During the reception Her Majesty and Her Royal Highness met a number of women who have served or are serving; including Betty Webb, 94, who worked at Bletchley Park and Joan De-Vall, 92, and Barbara Danter,90, who served in Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS).

The Queen is Patron of the WRAC Association which incorporates the WAAC and the ATS. In 1945, aged 18, Her Majesty joined the ATS and became the first female member of The Royal Family to joined the Armed Services as full-time active member.

The Princess Royal has a long connection with the WRNS, she is Patron of WRNS Benevolent Trust, the Association of Wrens and the WRNS100 Project. Her Royal Highness is also Admiral and Chief Commandant for Women in Royal Navy.

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Please be aware that our plot at the National Memorial Arboretum will be closed for approximately 2 weeks (from today's date) whilst the path is being re-layed.

It is with great sadness that we report the death of Col Frances Cook.


The funeral will take place on Monday August 14th at 3:40 pm

York Crematorium Bishopthorpe Rd, York YO23 2QD


There will be a small gathering afterwards, please contact Julie Skinner via email: before Monday 7th August, if you wish to attend.

It is with great sadness that we report the death of ex-Commandant The WRAC Center, Guildford, Col Vere Fisher aged 95.


Details of Funeral:
Cremation at Glynn Valley Crematorium near Bodmin on Tuesday 29 August at 10.30am followed by a Service of Remembrance and internment of Ashes at Stoke Climsland Parish Church, Callington, Cornwall at 4pm. There will be refreshments after the Church Service. The family have said that all will be welcome at both the Crematorium and Stoke Climsland Church but that the main service will be at the Church at 4pm.

A celebration of the role of women in uniform through the years and the contribution made in many conflicts. Our Women’s Services Day highlights the contribution of women in our armed services, something that for many years has lacked the recognition it deserved.


More information can be found here -

On Friday 7th July 2017 The Royal British Legion will mark the centenary of the formal recognition of the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC), the first time women were fully enrolled in the UK Armed Forces, by holding a Drumhead Ceremony and Reception at The National Memorial Arboretum.  This event will more widely commemorate the contribution of women who have served the Crown on operation or in uniform.


Guests will need to be seated by 11:30 for the Drumhead Ceremony, which will be followed by a Reception.  The National Memorial Arboretum will be open from 09:00 – 17:00 and we encourage guests to take the opportunity to explore the more than 300 thought-provoking memorials that can be found on the 150-acre site.

There will be guest parking at the NMA and, for those coming by train, shuttle buses between the Arboretum and both Tamworth and Burton-upon-Trent stations will be provided.

The Association has a number of tickets available for this event. Current Association members are invited to apply to attend using the online form here. (if you have any issues with submitting your application using this form please call 0300 400 1992 (mornings).

On the 7th July 2017, The Royal British Legion intend to lead commemorations at the National Memorial Arboretum marking the centenary of the formation of the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps. The Legion’s intent is to work closely with the widest possible range of relevant partners to ensure that attendance at the ceremony most accurately reflects the breadth of contribution by women in war, whilst appropriately marking this important anniversary. Further details will be made available via Associations and on the Legion's website in due course. Image copyright IWM Q5734

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Comradeship, esprit de corps, benevolence and preserving traditions. The WRAC Association:  maintaining contact between former members of Queen Mary's Army Auxiliary Corps, the Auxiliary Territorial Service, the Auxiliary Territorial Service Territorial Army, Women's Royal Army Corps, Women's Royal Army Corps Territorial Army, WRAC Territorial and Volunteer Reserve and women still serving in the Army.                                                                      

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