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    Hello All,

    I've unexpectedly come across a 1918 postcard of a a direct ancestor showing her in what appears to be a WRAF uniform.
    She is pictured with her husband who is also in his army uniform. The postcard has a date stamp on the back of it.

    According to relatives the postcard is based upon a large photograph which used to hang in the 'best' room in their house.

    Researching this WRAF connection is now on my list of things to do.

    Can anyone point me in the direction of good WRAF sources?
    From what I've seen the records on WRAF are pretty scarce as it only existed between 1918 - 1920

    Thanks

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    have you searched for her on the TNA database

    https://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/...rds-1918-1920/
    Dennis Burke
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    What is her name, her records may be in Findmypast.com

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    Try https://www.rafa.org.uk/wraf-branch/.
    The WAAF/WRAF Assoc (www.waafassociation.org.uk) was OK a few years ago, but their WW2 members (let alone their WW1 members!!!) were getting a bit 'long in the tooth'!!
    I used the WAAF Assoc for info on Met WAAFs in WW2. V helpful.
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    Cheers chaps, the information is much appreciated.

    I went on the TNA website and turned up several possibles using her maiden name.
    They are close but no one fits the bill exactly.

    The person I am looking for is:
    Name: Alice Maud(e) Smith
    DoB: 1898
    County of birth: Norfolk

    Now I remember her as being an old lady with stooped shoulders. Even then she was quite tall, say 5ft 10In, min

    Still looking though....

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    Scottyboy,

    Alice Maud Smith

    b. Q4 1898 Norfolk Reg (in the then Dist of) Guiltcross 4b 239
    Enlisted 2021873 (TNA AIR 78/145/7 Image 46 Top Left). But the dates I have for Block 2000000-2099999 WAAF I of R 01-May-41 to 31-Jul-42 dont fit, so is this the same Alice Maud(no e) Smith? There were/are quite a lot of them!!!

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    Peter Davies

    Addition. MMS Baker (FMP). Q4 1895 Henry Smith m Margaret Elizabeth Baker Reg (in the then Dist of) Guiltcross 4b 663 (FREEBMD)
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    Scottyboy,

    On the other hand, this looks more like her!!!

    First name(s) Alice Last name Smith
    Enrolment date 08 July 1918
    Service number 13198
    Image link http://discovery.nationalarchives.go...ils/r/D7518492
    Archive ref AIR 80/221/5
    Record set British Women's Royal Air Force Service Records 1918-1920

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    @ Resmoroh. Thanks and nice try.


    I saw Alice Smith (service no: 13198) and thought she was unlikely.
    Her age is too old @ 28, the height of 5 ft 3in is too short, build type (slight) is wrong.


    I would be looking for someone who is 21 (+/1 year) in 1919 and a height of 5ft 10in, min
    Her physical build would be: athletic (or perhaps strong)


    Her husband left the army in 1919-03 and they married in 1919-09.
    So I assume the photo of them in their army & WRAF uniforms was taken sometime earlier than 1919-03

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    There is another Alice Smith, No 23435 who is the right age, 20 and taller at 5' 6". Use the link for the NA given in Dennis Burke's post.

    DaveW

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