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    Chris Woods Guest

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    Good morning,

    Can anyone identify this lady's uniform?

    http://rmhh.co.uk/identify2.html
    The photo was taken in 1919

    Beside her is an R.N. C.P.O Shipwright, or a CPO Artizan
    but her uniform is not thought to be naval.

    Could it be a forces nursing uniform?

    Chris

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    The hat is that of the WRAF (1918-1920) and she appears to be wearing an overcoat over her collar and tie uniform.

    A picture of a WRAF (scroll to the last pic)

    http://www.raf.mod.uk/history_old/wraf2.html

    A better image with the two types of jacket

    http://www.jamd.com/image/g/3165582

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    Chris Woods Guest

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    Thank you very much for your reply, and the photo confirming the uniform.

    I've also just received this:

    "The young lady in the photo is wearing the second uniform of the Women's Royal Air Force.

    The WRAF came in to being along with the RAF on the 1st April 1918. It was formed of Women's Army Auxiliary Corps & WRNS personnel serving with aviation related stations/units of the RFC & RN respectively although most of the WRNS opted to
    return the RN. T
    he WRAF initially wore the khaki uniform of the WAAC but as the RAF sorted itself out a new pale blue uniform came in to service (I have no introduction date but I suspect it was at least late 1918 & more probably early 1919).
    The WRAF (unlike the WRNS) was intended to be a permanent organization however it was disbanded in 1920 when the early post war economies began to bite"


    As her companion is an R.N. CPO, it might be reasonable to suggest she was previously in the WRNS

    I now have a copy of the hat badge which came from:
    http://1914-1918.invisionzone.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=24410
    For anyone interested, I can also send it of list as an attachment (unless it is possible to post photos on this site)

    Thank you again,
    Chris

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    Chris

    The RAF was formed in 1918 by the amalgamation of the Royal Flying Corps with the Royal Naval Air Service. The young lady's cap badge is of RNAS; many items of uniform from the earlier services were still seen for some time after the merger.

    regards

    DaveW

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    Dave,

    Many thanks for identifying her capbadge as RNAS
    We think the gentleman's moustache indicates he was, or had been in the Reserve which allowed a degree of relaxation on rules of facial adornements.
    Regards,
    Chris

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Woods View Post
    Dave,

    Many thanks for identifying her capbadge as RNAS
    We think the gentleman's moustache indicates he was, or had been in the Reserve which allowed a degree of relaxation on rules of facial adornements.
    Regards,
    Chris

    I believe so.

    DaveW

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