Margaret Weir War Widow: The WANS WW11

Posted on: Mon 7 Dec 2020

The Women’s Australian National Service (WANS) was inaugurated in 1940, when enlistees of the WANS did training for air raid drills, first aid, basic military drills, and even shooting, signalling, and mechanics. This was the period leading up to the formation of the Australian Women’s Army Service (AWAS), and Margaret, now approaching 100 years of age is still proud of her service in the WANS.

Margaret’s World War Two uniform consisted of dark blue uniform jacket and skirt, peaked cap, dark blue tie, red belt and a khaki shoulder strap.

Photo: Members of the WANS 1942 marching in a War Bonds Parade of combined voluntary womens’ services groups.  AWM

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