From the Archives: WRCNS - Royal Roads Wrens

Woodley 30 Wrens at RCNC Mar 1945 RRMC RRU Archives

The Women's Royal Canadian Naval Service (WRCNS or "Wrens") was as a division of the Canadian Navy created during the Second World War to add military personnel in the war effort. Wrens began their service at Royal Roads in 1944 as cooks, clerks, and wardroom attendants. Along with the naval cadets, they were inspected by the Governor General of Canada and Princess Alice when they toured campus and, as the 1944 Log yearbook attests, "their cheerfulness and efficiency added much to College life." At least two academic years included Wrens; as the division was disbanded in August 1946, women were not to return to Royal Roads as military personnel until the 1980s. (More on that in a later Crossroads.)

The above photograph is of senior Wren officers from Ottawa who visited in March 1945, and the photograph below is of one of the service years that included Wrens.

Wrens at Royal Roads 1940s RRMC fonds RRU Archives

You might also be interested to know that there is a red rose named "Rosa Navy Lady"  that honours the service of Wrens, which you can see on the right just as you enter the Rose Garden here at Royal Roads University. 

Rosa Navy Lady RRU rose garden 2014

Caroline Posynick
RRU Archivist 
250.391.2600 ext 4122