Objects and Photographs


First Wrens Going Overseas
First Wrens Going Overseas

This August 1943 photograph captures the first members of the Women's Royal Canadian Naval Service going to Great Britain.

Just over 500 Wrens went to much-coveted postings in Britain. They initially replaced members of the Women's Royal Naval Service on loan to the Royal Canadian Navy in London, and subsequent reinforcements were posted to Greenock, Scotland, Plymouth, England, and Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Roughly one in six Wrens served outside Canada; in addition to Britain, over 500 Wrens were posted to Newfoundland, which was not yet part of Canada, and some 50 were sent to the United States.

George Metcalf Archival Collection
CWM 19850304-021

Calgary Half Company, RCNVR, 1938
Halifax Dockyard
HMCS Micmac
Calisthenics at HMCS Cornwallis
Canadian Sailor in Hospital
Service Club, Sydney, Nova Scotia
Three Sailors at Rest Base, Northern Ireland
Commander Dorothy Isherwood Inspecting Wrens, Halifax
WRCNS Acceptance Letter to Eleanor McCallum
HMCS Conestoga
WRCNS Summer and Winter Uniforms
WRCNS on Parliament Hill, Ottawa
WRCNS Training at HMCS St. Hyacinthe
WRCNS Quarters, Halifax, 1945
Wrens Listening for German Radio Transmissions
Plotting Room, Naval Service Headquarters, Ottawa
Combat Simulator Ship Model
First Wrens Going Overseas
Jenny Whitehead at Work
Canadian Naval Staff in London on V-E Day
Modelling WRCNS Uniforms and Civilian Wear
Fifth Victory Loan, 1943
Seventh Victory Loan, Halifax, 1944