Women Wanted Urgently

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  • Art.IWM PST 13195
Art and Popular Design
Display status
IWM London
Place made
Great Britain
Subject period
  • Support: paper
  • medium: lithograph
  • Support: Height 741 mm, Width 501 mm
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  • object category: Poster

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whole: the image is positioned in the upper third. The title is separate and positioned across the centre, in red. The text is separate and positioned in the lower two-thirds, in black. The title and text are set against a white background and held within a black border. The remainder is set against a red background. image: a half-length depiction of Britannia standing with her arms around the shoulders of, on the left, a member of the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps, and on the right, a member of the Women's Royal Naval Service. text: PATRIOTIC SERVICE for BRITISH WOMEN WOMEN WANTED URGENTLY to enrol for the duration of the war in the W.A.A.C WOMEN'S . ARMY . AUXILIARY . CORPS and the W.R.N.S WOMEN'S . ROYAL . NAVAL . SERVICE ENROL TO-DAY Apply at the nearest EMPLOYMENT EXCHANGE for full particulars. Ask at the nearest Post Office for the address. M.104. THE DANGERFIELD PRINTING CO., LTD., LONDON.


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.

Physical description

M. 104.

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