Story: Military and sport

Women's tug-of-war, Étaples, 1918 (4th of 4)

Women's tug-of-war, Étaples, 1918

Women of the Queen Mary's Auxiliary Army Corps compete in a tug-of-war at the New Zealand Base Depot Sports at Étaples, France, on 3 August 1918. The corps, formerly the Women's Auxiliary Army Corps, was attached to units such as the New Zealand Division to carry out duties including driving, gardening, cooking, clerical work and operating telephones and telegraphs, freeing up men to serve as front-line soldiers. The women who served in the corps were recruited in Britain. Clearly their participation in the sports day was strongly supported by the New Zealand soldiers.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Royal New Zealand Returned and Services' Association Collection
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Photograph by Henry Armytage Sanders

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Ian McGibbon, 'Military and sport - South African and First World wars', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 1 December 2023)

Story by Ian McGibbon, published 5 Sep 2013