Women's Royal Naval Service
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Members included cooks
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, clerks, wireless telegraphist
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s, radar plotters, weapons analysts, range assessors, electrician
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s and air mechanics. It was formed in 1917 during the First World War
World War I
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, and by the end of the war had 5,500 members, 500 of them officers. In addition, about 2000 members of the WRAF
Women's Royal Air Force
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had previously served with the WRNS supporting the Royal Naval Air Service and were transferred on the creation of the Royal Air Force.