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Women's Royal Naval Service (WRNS)
The Royal Navy was the first of the armed forces to recruit women. Formed in 1916, the Women's Royal Naval Service (WRNS) took over the role of cooks, clerks, wireless telegraphists, code experts and electricians.
When the Armistice was signed in November, 1918, the WRNS had 5,000 ratings and nearly 450 officers.
Members of the Women's Royal Naval Service
on leave during the First World War.