The Women’s Royal Canadian Naval Service or "Wrens" was a very important part of the Canadian naval war effort in the Second World War. The Wrens, like the other women’s branches of the armed forces, served in shore positions normally filled by men so that the men could be released for combat duty. These included Clerk, Cook, Coder, Messenger, Stenographer, Sail Maker, Switchboard Operator, Teletype Operator, Wireless Telegraphist, Sick Berth Attendant, Wardroom Attendant, Steward, Motor-Transport Driver, and Supply Assistant, among others. Once Wrens had proven their worth in the navy, recruitment ads were constantly in evidence as the Royal Canadian Navy tried to entice as many women as possible into service to release sailors for duty at sea.
The Women’s Royal Canadian Naval Service or "Wrens" was a very important part of the Canadian naval war effort in the Second World War. The Wrens, like the other women’s branches of the armed forces, served in shore positions normally filled by men so that the men could be released for combat duty. These included Clerk, Cook, Coder, Messenger, Stenographer, Sail Maker, Switchboard Operator, Teletype Operator, Wireless Telegraphist, Sick Berth Attendant, Wardroom Attendant, Steward, Motor-Transport Driver, and Supply Assistant, among others. Once Wrens had proven their worth in the navy, recruitment ads were constantly in evidence as the Royal Canadian Navy tried to entice as many women as possible into service to release sailors for duty at sea.

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"Life With The WRENS is a Full and Satisfying Life: Join the Wrens and Release a Sailor Who Wants to Go to Sea." Women's Royal Canadian Naval Service Recruiting Poster.

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Learning Objectives

  • Develop an understanding of the participation and role of Canada’s Navy in the World War II.
  • Examine the contributions, sacrifices and experiences of individuals who participated in naval events during World War II.
  • Identify the locations in which Canada’s Navy operated during World War II.
  • Evaluate the weapons and technology involved in the war at sea.


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