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Saturday Morning Pictures

A hundred years ago this month, the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps was founded. The first recruits – just 14 cooks and waitresses – arrived in the battlefields in France that month. By the time the war ended in November 1918, more than 57,000 women had served.

1. A member of the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) holds up two loaves of bread she has made at the British Army bakery at Dieppe, France, on 10 February 1918.

2. Fitters of the WAAC at work on a car at Etaples, 7 July 1918.

3. Four WAAC members enjoying a swim on a beach in France.

4. Group of WAACs off duty seated on a roof wall in their billet at Rouen, 24 July 1917.

5. Group of WAACs outside their billet at Rouen, 24 July 1917.

6. Members of the WAAC working in a British Army bakery at Dieppe on 10 February 1918.

7. Members of the WAAC tending the graves of fallen British soldiers in a cemetery at Abbeville, 9 February 1918.

8. Members of the WAAC playing hockey, France.

9. Members of the WAAC clearing up the ruins of Nissen huts after an air raid at Abbeville, France, on 22 May 1918.

10. The WAAC’s recruiting sergeants taking particulars from recruits in Trafalgar Square, 1918.

11. As 10.

12. WAACs displaying their tinned rations in German steel helmets at Etaples, 26 April 1918.

13. WAAC cooks hand out dinner to mess orderlies at a British infantry camp at Rouen on 24 July 1917.

14. A member of Queen Mary’s Army Auxiliary Corps peers out of a tent with a dog in her arms in Crecy Forest, France, on 7 June 1918.

Catch up with our previous Saturday Morning Pictures here.

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