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OBITUARIES

View the recent obituaries of fellow Association of Wrens members below.

VIVIEN CATHERINE MARGARET  CRINGLE  (Nee – CREESE) RIP

VIVIEN   CATHERINE MARGARET   CRINGLE    (Nee – CREESE) Vivien was born in Oxford in 1949. Her father worked in East Africa and as Vivien grew-up, she could speak Swahili before she could speak English.  As her mother and father moved from place to place 7 times in all Vivien went to a Convent […]

Joan Stevenson nee Ozanne RIP

Joan Stevenson nee Ozanne died on the 30th November 2021 aged 92. The time she served in the WRNS was one of the happiest times of her life and she was always keen to recall it. She was stationed in Plymouth, Lossiemouth, Abbotsinch, Culdrose and Malta, returning back home to Portsmouth.  For most of her Naval career […]

Joan Allen Nee Hale RIP

Joan Allen (Nee Hale) died on 18th January 2022 – aged 101, following a fall and subsequently contracting pneumonia.  Her close family were with her – she was bright and chatty to the end.   Joan was born in Melbourn Cambridgeshire and applied to join the WRNS as war was rumbling.  She seemed to be ignored and then […]

Obituary – Ruby Nicoll-Heijmans 1923 – 2021

Ruby Nicoll-Heijmans was born in Dundee on the 16th March 1923 and died on the 22nd November 2021 aged 98, peacefully in her adopted home of Leiden in the Netherlands. She was a woman of extraordinary spirit, and courage. Devoted to her immediate and extended family. Ruby drew people to her like a magnet, always full […]

Vera Manuel nee Bonny 1925 – 2021 RIP

Vera Manuel (nee Bonny) was born on the 16th December 1925 at East Runton in Norfolk. She joined the WRNS on 1st March 1944, her service number was 75396, and she was discharged on 17th January 1947. The family knew that she worked on Seafires, Barracudas and Swordfish and that she was posted to a […]

Valerie Pinker Died 11 September 2021 aged 94. RIP

Excerpt from the memoirs of Valerie Pinker   It was 1946, I was nearly nineteen and I was getting restless about my future. It would be years before I could earn money from my art and my parents were no longer well off. My friend Polly and I were miffed that we had been too […]

Mollie Macartney RIP

Mollie Macartney was a Stoll veteran and resident who has passed away at 95 years old.  Mollie was adored amongst young and old.  She embraced life and her infectious smile won the hearts of many at Stoll’s Mansions. Mollie Macartney was an avid horse rider and very fond of taking an annual flying lesson on […]

Betty O’Connell 1925-2021

Obituary: Betty O’Connell. The Wren who was in the first team at Bletchley Park to operate the Colossus Mk 1 that cracked Hitler’s ‘Lorenz’ messages The Times – 28 Sep 2021 The Colossus computer was used by Betty O’Connell and others to decode the Lorenz encrypting machine. She saw one of the latter for the […]

Felicity “Fizz” Sellers

1945 – 2020     Felicity “Fizz” Sellers, nee Pearce Felicity “Fizz” Pearce joined the WRNS in 1964 at the age of 19 and served with the MT (Motor Transport) division RNAS Culdrose in Helston, Cornwall. Fizz’s naval career was cut short after meeting John Sellers and she left in March 1966 – Fizz & […]

Edith Bruce Weames

1922 – 2021   Edith Bruce Weames, née Townson When I joined the WRNS in January 1977, my Aunt was so proud, I am sure she would have rejoined with me if she could. She never passed up the opportunity to tell everyone that she had been in the WRNS and now her niece had […]

Sheila Jean Snowley

Served 1955 –1979   Fleet Chief Wren (QA) Sheila Jean Snowley Sheila Snowley was born in Norwich in April 1929 and was brought up in March, Cambridgeshire until she left school at the age of 13. During the war she worked at Lowestoft hospital and on VE Day, at the age of 16, danced with […]

Janet Ann Dalton

04/07/1945 – 14/02/2021   ‘Crossed the Bar’ Former Fleet Air Arm Wren flies off into the sunset Our ‘oppo’ Janet Dalton a former ‘Jenny Wren’ – WRNS and shipmate of the Royal Naval Association (RNA) Torrevieja Branch sadly ‘crossed the bar’ before us and leaves a huge gap for her husband Bryan, their daughter Evonne […]

Kathlyn Bray

06/03/1930 – 14/02/2021   Kathlyn Bray, née Mason Kathlyn passed away peacefully on 14th February 2021. She joined the Wrens on 12 July 1949 and served in Portsmouth in the pay office and also with the Malta station RN in Valetta, Malta. She was discharged on 19 March 1954. Kathlyn was the only one of […]

Paddy Wall

1926 – 2021   Paddy Wall (née O’Brien) former Secretary of the AOW and a Vice President. I am sad to announce the passing of our mother Patricia Wall, she passed on April 15 2021. She was the National Secretary of the Association of Wrens based in Chesham Street, London for a number of years […]

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