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Female Tommies: Women in uniform in WWI - A Talk by Elisabeth Shipton
Mon 19 June 2017, 19:00 – 21:30 BST
Female Tommies: Women in uniform in WWI
This event is part of Derby Remembers - Derby’s First World War Cultural Programme
2017 marks the centenary of the Women's Army Auxiliary Force and the Women's Royal Naval Service which were followed by the Women's Royal Air Force a year later. By 1918 nearly 200,000 women had seen active service with the British military.
Elisabeth Shipton will examine the militarisation of women in the war zone during World War One, specifically how the voluntary medical units paved the way for the auxiliary services. How did women prove their value in the field and win the acceptance of the War Office?
A military historian and a researcher for BBC television and radio, Elisabeth Shipton is the author of Female Tommies: The Frontline Women of the First World War. She is the former archivist for the Soldiers of Oxfordshire and the Royal Green Jackets and her research focuses on the role of women and the military.