Dring wrote to the WAAC in September 1940 offering some works, as well as asking for help finding wartime employment as an artist. Dring was also recommended to the Committee by Walter Lamb of the Royal Academy. In addition Gleadowe appears to have helped Dring find employment as a teacher at the Southampton School of Art (20).
The Committee purchased a picture of Dring's which appeared in the Royal Academy exhibition (LD 1080) (22)
Over the next few years, Dring was given numerous small commissions for portraits, and also submitted numerous works, many of which were purchased, at prices mostly around 10 to 20 guineas each.
Specific works have not usually been indexed but there are occasional comments on works - at (109) the committee's view of Dring's usefulness is outlined to his employers at Southampton School of Art; at (158) they make an amusing suggestion about the shape of the subject of IWM:ART LD 2420.
In early 1942, it Dring was offered a six-month commission as a salaried portrait artist. He sought release for this period from his post teaching at Southampton School of Art but there was a dispute and he had to resign to take up the WAAC commission (102 and later), at the risk that he might then be called up for military service if the contract was not extended.
The contract began in June and involved some travel around the country, as far as the Orkneys (162). His contract was renewed in January 1943, for 6 months working on Admiralty subjects, and again in September 1943, to work on "general subjects" chosen by the WAAC. Again, in January 1944, he was given a further two months' contract. During this latter period in particular, there was much correspondence regarding the possible call-up of Dring, from which his salaried position exempted him. A further Air Ministry commission completed his service, although there is very little detail on file of the work done under this contract.
The remainder of the file largely concerns enquiries from the subjects of Dring's portraits, and their families. Post war material concerns loans of works by Dring from the IWM.