Monday, 10 July 2017

Thanks for visiting my blog today


This is my final blogpost on I Think I Prefer the Tinned Variety Blog.

I’ve developed some health problems which have disrupted my blog writing career.

I’m trying to keep my Cabbage and Semolina Blog updated so you might like to check out Don’t leave it too late.

I’ve enjoyed writing my Tinned Variety blogposts and I hope you’ve enjoyed reading them.

Very best wishes,

Cathy Murray

Monday, 3 April 2017

Women's Royal Naval Service WRNS #history

Following on from an earlier post

I've been looking on YouTube for some material on the history of the WRNS.

This film clip is from 1918 

and shows an inspection of the WRNS by Commander Sir R. William Buleley, Bart,. C.B., R.N.R.
The film is remarkably clear and you can see the uniforms really well.
Sir William barely looks at the WRNS as he walks past but they don't seem to care.

The WRNS was founded in 1917 

and by 1919 there were 7,000  Wrens including Cooks and Stewards, Despatch Riders, Sail Makers and those in Intelligence. Tellingly, their motto was ‘Never at Sea’.

At the start of WW2, 3,000 women were recruited for the WRNS

into the same roles as before and also in new roles such as Radio Operators, Meteorologists, Bomb Range Markers together with sea-going  Cypher Officers, Coders and Boat’s Crew Wrens. By 1944 there were 74,000 WRNS Officers and ratings.
This time their motto was ‘Free a Man for the Fleet’.

This is another nice clip. 

It shows Queen Mary inspecting the WRNS but exactly where and when is unclear. The caption just says that they're on the sports field of a naval barracks and one version of the clip dates it at 1941. Some good shots of the uniforms and at least this time the person inspecting the ranks seems a bit more interested in the recruits.


And a great little bit of film to finish with: 

some WRNS actually at work on a boat! Note the change of clothes into something much more practical.
And no standing on ceremony here.

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Friday, 17 March 2017

War work #advert

I found this advert in the British Newspaper Archive.
It's from the Sunday Mirror on Sunday 28 December 1941.

I've saved the clipping in three sections to make it easier to read.

Image © Trinity Mirror. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

Image © Trinity Mirror. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

Image © Trinity Mirror. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

I wonder if anyone took any notice of the exhortation. And how the Ministry defined a war worker? And what essential job the woman in the picture is involved in?


This second promotion was designed to encourage women to join the WAAF. 

It was in the Hartlepool Northern Daily Mail
on Monday 27 October 1941.

Image © Johnston Press plc. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

Image © Johnston Press plc. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

The Women's Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) was the female auxiliary of the Royal Air Force during World War II and established in 1939. At its peak strength, in 1943, WAAF numbers exceeded 180,000, with over 2,000 women enlisting per week.


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