Worker Mary Bourne

Worker Mary Bourne served in the Woman Army Auxiliary Corps and the Queen Mary’s Auxiliary Army Corps (QMAAC) during WW1. She is entitled to the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. Her service number was 1799.

She was born on February 11, 1885 in Paddington, London, England

Trade: household waitress       Religion: Church of England

Status: single              Height: 5′ 0″              Weight : 95 lbs.

Address of her mother : 71 Kisdale road, Kensal Rise, London

July 16th, 1917 : She enlisted in the Woman Army Auxiliary Corps in London as a waitress.

Woman Army Auxiliary Corps recruitment poster

(source Imperial War Museum website)

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August 13th : She embarked for France in Southampton and arrived in Dieppe, France on the 14th.

She was posted with the 3rd B.R.D. at Bakery Camp.  She was employed at the QMAAC quarter.

The Woman Army Auxiliary Corps was renamed Queen Mary’s Auxiliary Army Corps in 1918

May 10th, 1919 : She was transfered to M R Depot and posted at the Bakery Camp to unit #1 in Dieppe, France.

July 1st : Attach to 43 Auxiliary Pet Company

July 14th : She was discharged on compassionate ground. She had to take care of her mother.

In her file there is a lot of correspondence between her and the government and her, showing that she had problem receiving the 5 £ demobilization benefit for the clothing allowance given on discharge.

If you want to see a small video on the British Pathé website of first inspection of the  Queen Mary’s Auxiliary Army Corps done by Queen Mary on the click here

If you know more information on this lady, please leave me message so I can add it to her small biography.

British War Medal and Victory Medal

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  • gpcox  On 2013/01/21 at 04:53

    Quite a woman.

  • Medic  On 2013/01/21 at 07:01

    every woman who served during WW1 was quite a woman ……….. in Canada, women got the right to vote only in 1919 so they went to war and they were not even considered a “full” citizen, just that tell the character of those women

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