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With regular army regiments its often easy to work out approximately when a man joined up. At least until he might have been later transferred to another regiment with a new service number.

Is there a record of the WAAC/QMAAC service numbers and how these relate to when a woman enrolled?

 

Paul

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Hello Paul,

  Welcome to the forum.

 WAAC's appear to have been numbered consecutively, so the higher the number, the later enlistment the date. WAAC's didn't actually enlist, they aplied to join and had to provide to references. Not all records have survived but many are availabe. at The National Archives. They all have the prefix WO/398 followed by a number. Each woman's record is normally £3.55 to download. However, due to the covid, these records are available free once you register {very easy}.  https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/results/r?_q=WO 398%2F&_p=1900&_hb=tna&_col=200    You can the download 50 records in a 30 day period for free, but you can only order 10 records at a time. These records make interesting readinf and you may want to download a few. The service numbers will be in the records along with the date of enrolment.

 

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Alf McM

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Hi Alf,

 

Thanks for the welcome.

 

I was aware of the records at the NA and have already looked at a couple. The record for the woman I am researching does not exist and I was trying to establish approximately when she might have enrolled in the WAAC. I had hoped there was a list of names against numbers.

 

If this dies not exist I will try and find a record with a number close to my woman. Knowing my luck it will mean a lot of downloads............

 

Paul 

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Paul,

   The National Archives has medal record cards for WAAC/QMAAC. Use vthis search, but change the last number to nearer the one you are interested in.  https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/results/r?_col=200&_d=WO&_tsj=C10060&_p=1900&_hb=tna&_q=wo+372%2F23+WOMEN'S+ARMY+AUXILIARY+CORPS+14780    This will give you names to check the records for. Also note that many WAAC/QMAAC also served in the W.R.A.F. and W.R.N.S. Try checking your woman's names against their records.

 

Regards,

 

Alf McM

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Jim Strawbridge

Thanks all,

 

The NA MICs dont seem to indicate start and end service dates.

 

I am not a member of Ancestry and dont really want to join just for this one enquiry. The number I am interested in is 7063. I beleive she enrolled in late summer 1917?

 

Paul 

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Paul,

  She is on the medal roll, as an Acting Forewoman, landed in France 10/11/1917, left France26/11/19. It is not actually clear if these are the dates in France, or total service dates with WAAC/QMAAC.

 

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Alf McM

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Thanks Alf,

 

I think the earlier date is when she actually arrived in France rather than when she joined the WAAC. From my basic research on service numbers she would have joined a few months earlier in 1917 so the difference in the two dates would account for her training. I understand that was a month or two at most.

 

Paul

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Paul,

  Yes, the first date is arrival in France. There are other women with lower numbers who arrived in France at a later date.

 

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Alf McM

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Alf, 

I looked through some of the WAAC/QMAAC war diaries in the hope that I spotted her name but so far no luck. There are quite a few and as I dont know what she was employed as I cant narrow down the search.

There was some talk of her driving at one time but there is no evidence to support this as she was a clerical worker pre 1917.

 

Paul

 

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