Women Urgently Wanted for the WAAC

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  • Art.IWM PST 13171
Department
Art and Popular Design
Place made
Great Britain
Subject period
Materials
  • Support: paper
  • medium: lithograph and letterpress
Dimensions
  • Support: Height 760 mm, Width 508 mm
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  • object category: Poster
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posters

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whole: the image is positioned in the upper left. The title and text are separate and positioned down the right-hand half and in the lower third, in black and in red. All set against a white background and held within a red border. image: a full-length depiction of a member of the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps. text: G R WOMEN URGENTLY WANTED for the W.A.A.C WOMEN'S ARMY AUXILIARY CORPS WORK AT HOME AND ABROAD WITH THE FORCES COOKS CLERKS WAITRESSES DRIVER-MECHANICS ALL KINDS of DOMESTIC WORKERS AND WOMEN in MANY OTHER CAPACITIES TO TAKE THE PLACE OF MEN GOOD WAGES QUARTERS UNIFORM RATIONS FOR ALL INFORMATION AND ADVICE APPLY AT NEAREST EMPLOYMENT EXCHANGE THE ADDRESS CAN BE OBTAINED AT ANY POST OFFICE M 4.0/23/21

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The Women's Army Auxiliary Corps was formed in January 1917 and recruited the first women into the British Army to serve in a non-nursing capacity. The WAAC provided catering, storekeeping, vehicle maintenance and clerical duties for the British Army, freeing more men to take up combat roles. In 1918 Queen Mary became patron and the corps was renamed Queen Mary's Army Auxiliary Corps. Over 57,000 women enrolled in the WAAC/QMAAC during the First World War and though not given full military status, often worked close to the frontline. Three Military Medals were awarded to members for gallantry. The QMAAC was eventually disbanded in September 1921.

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M 4.0/23/21.

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