From 1945 until 1981, a collection of war-time huts built to accommodate munition workers in 1942, became the new entry training establishment for the Women’s Royal Naval Service.
It was named HMS Dauntless and was a situated at Burghfield near Reading in Berkshire. Every one of the 30,000 new entrants who spent their first month in the Service at Dauntless, remembers learning to march, polishing floors, undergoing x-rays, being immunised and practising shouting their official number whilst thrusting their pay book under the Pay Writer’s nose.
The current HMS Dauntless, a Type 45 Destroyer, has adopted the Association of Wrens as one of its Affiliates. The Association has received many invites to go onboard when the ship visits ports around the country and to other exciting and very special events such as a day at sea and a mess dinner. The Association very much values this relationship and holds the ship’s company close to its heart.