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Women at War 100

  • Ruth Theaker
    "Leading the way for women in the RAF"

    When the WRAF was formed in 1918, Ruth Theaker was one of the first to sign up. In this blog, part of our Women at War 100 series, her grandson David Rainford tells her story.

  • Gladys Wissett
    "We were stronger than the Germans!"

    For 96-year-old Gladys, a call-up to the WAAF in 1940 was her chance to help the war effort.

  • Michelle Partington
    "Proving my doubters wrong made me realise I could do anything"

    Considered a trailblazer as the first female medic to serve on the frontline with the RAF Regiment, former Flt Lt Michelle Partington had a successful RAF career. Despite her achievements she insists she was nothing special, "just one of the lads doing the job".

  • Polly Perkins
    'We should heed that warning... lest we forget'

    In a series of blogs to mark Remembrance and 100 years of women in the Armed Forces we ask 'what does Remembrance mean to you?' Air Commodore Polly Perkins is currently Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff British Forces Cyprus.

  • Michelle Partington
    "I remember all the comrades I could not save"

    In a series of blogs to mark Remembrance and 100 years of women in the Armed Forces we ask  'what does Remembrance mean to you?' Former RAF medic Michelle Partington served for more than 20 years before PTSD led to a medical discharge.

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