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The Women's Royal Naval Service was formed in November 1917. The Admiralty restricted the WRNS to 3,000 women who were only allowed to do "shore service" mainly domestic work. They became cleaners, cooks and waitresses. The number eventually doubled, with Wrens doing many different jobs for which women had been thought unsuitable.
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WW1 Women's Royal Naval Service uniform. Worn by Sybil W Aspinall, who joined the WRNS in 1918. She was Assistant Principal(again, women were not allowed to have navy ranks), and she worked in Admiralty House, London. She was awarded the British War Medal. The WRNS was formed in 1918. There were two branches, the Mobile, whose members could be sent anywhere in Britain, and the Immobile, who lived at home and worked locally. Only women who had a male relative in the Navy were eligible to enlist.