18th July 2017

It was a privilege to be part of the Old Royal Naval College WRNS100 celebration.

Various charities working together at the Wrens 100.

The Old Royal Naval College at Greenwich has not seen such a large gathering of Naval Servicewomen since the Women’s Royal Naval Service (WRNS) Officers’ training was transferred to BRNC Dartmouth from the College just over forty years ago in 1976.  

Up to 300 veterans from the WRNS including women from all ranks and rates serving in today’s Royal Navy enjoyed a grand reunion at the national summer celebration held in London to mark the formation of the women-only service in 1917, to release men from shore-based duties to man ships in the closing stages of the First World War.

The collective noun for a gathering of wrens – of the feathered variety - is the rather unflattering term; a herd of wrens - but ladies and ex-pat former Wrens literally flocked to their former alma mater, flying in from Australia, the United States, Singapore, Canada and from closer to home, from Europe and ports and bases across the UK.  The women’s ages ranging up to the mid-90s representing the last seven decades since the WRNS re-commissioned at the start of the Second World War.

Women’s Royal Naval Service Benevolent Trust, RNRMC, Association of Royal Navy Officers ARNO & Royal Navy Officers’ Charity RNOC and The Royal Naval Benevolent Trust, 4 charities working alongside each other for the benefit of retired and serving Royal Navy personnel. Job well done and a fabulous day was had by all.