Work by members of the Women's Royal Naval Service at a Royal Navy coastal torpedo boat base on the south coast of England, probably 1917 or 1918.
Two WRNS in overalls work out of doors under the supervision of a petty officer, one reassembling a stripped Lewis machine gun and the other cleaning a pistol. Indoors, probably the WRNS officers' mess, decorated with embroidered cushions, where a few of them sit reading or writing, all very camera-conscious. Outside a supervisor marches a group of WRNS in nursing uniform past a hut. Other WRNS in overalls work whitewashing the stones on a flower bed. A close-up of three of the women, again very camera-conscious. The two women complete assembling the Lewis gun and take it indoors. One woman works as a switchboard operator. A group of five WRNS clean the upturned hull of a coastal torpedo boat. Two others work painting the superstructure of another motor boat.