Two Norfolk Sisters
The Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps’ (WAAC) khaki uniform was a single breasted tunic with side pockets, a blouse, tie and a skirt 30cm off the ground. Round brown felt hats were worn at home and peaked caps were worn abroad. Coloured insets on their shoulders indicated their roles; brown for clerical, red for domestic workers, claret for drivers and purple for other occupations.
RNAS Pulham opened in 1916 and was known as the Pulham Piggery because the airships were known as Pulham Pigs. Many women came from nearby counties and served in different roles. These included pigeon women who looked after the lofts that supplied the message carrying birds, riggers and fabric workers who sewed and glued the seams of the airship fabric. There is only one record of a Norfolk woman working as an armourer. Winifred Aldous from Dickleburgh worked at Pulham servicing the guns and replenishing ammunitions.
Land Army Agricultural Section
LAAS, as well as standing for “Land Army Agricultural Section”, stood for “Loyalty, Ability, Ardour, Service”. While in uniform a girl should not enter the bar of a public house, smoke, or stay out too late at night. Good Service Ribbons were awarded to anyone who had been six months in the WLA and kept up a high standard of work and conduct; 169 were awarded during the summer of 1919 to women working in Norfolk.