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This uniform belonged to a Leading Wren in the Women's Royal Navy Service (WRNS) and dates from 1944. The Royal Navy formed the WRNS in 1917 as the women's branch of the Navy. During World War Two the women who served in the WRNS (Wrens) took on the roles of clerks, wireless telegraphists, radio and air mechanics and cooks. In the 1990s the WRNS ended and women started to work at sea with other sailors.

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