Association of Wrens – Women of the Royal Naval Services

Why not join?

The Association of Wrens was formed in 1920 yet is still relevant today for those who wish to keep in touch with friends and colleagues from service days. Over 5,500 women members from both the UK and overseas share a unique camaraderie based on their determination that the spirit of the service is kept alive.

At the end of WWI, when the Women’s Royal Naval Service was disbanded, there was a need to administer the large amount of money granted to ex-service women by the Navy & Army Canteen Board. This led to the Service Women’s Fund Committee being established in 1920. The WRNS Friendly Association, first renamed the Society of Wrens, finally named the Association of Wrens, was formally set up in November that year with Dame Katharine Furse as President.

The Association is open to all former members of the WRNS, WRNR, VAD as well as past and serving women members of the RN, RNR and Commonwealth Navies.

The object of the Association is to celebrate past achievements, preserve history, foster friendship and bind together in practical comradeship all who have served or are still serving.

They are very proud to include all women who have served in the Royal Navy in particular those who are serving today.


The benefits include; comradeship, learning about the history of women in the Naval Services and joining in ceremonies and social events with others who are proud to follow in the footsteps of women who served in the two world wars.

Occasionally members have the opportunity to visit HM Ships where they can see that women are not fully intergrated into the Royal Navy. The AOW membership card entitles members to a reduction in the cost of accomodation at the Royal Maritime Club, Portsmouth.

How to join

The Association of Wrens is a perfect place to meet up with former colleagues at reunions, or to meet new friends locally and share your experiences.

The Association has branches situated across the United Kingdom and some located overseas. To be eligible to join you should have served with the WRNS, WRNR, WRNVR, VAD, QARNNS or Royal Navy.

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