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Auxiliary service (2nd of 2)

Auxiliary service

For women, war work never meant fighting. Instead they performed a variety of roles in a vastly expanded military, as listed on this recruitment poster for the Women's War Service Auxiliary.

The poster reads:

We're in – won't you join us!

The Navy, Army and Air Force require many thousands of women for various duties, such as clerks, shorthand typists, telegraphists, cooks, mess hands, transport drivers and personnel for Anti-aircraft batteries. Minimum age for enlistment 18 years. Apply today! Application forms at all the local offices of the Women's War Service Auxiliary.

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Charlotte Macdonald, 'Women and men - War and suburbia', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/ephemera/29240/auxiliary-service (accessed 25 July 2024)

Story by Charlotte Macdonald, published 5 May 2011, updated 1 Aug 2017