Wenches in Trenches are a group of like minded women who aim to raise awareness of the VADs, Nurses and Women who served and worked from WW1 onwards.
We are very proud to have funded our first memorial bench to the Nurses and VADs at Lochnagar Crater on The Somme in France in June 2015, followed by a granite memorial which was placed next to the bench in November 2016
As we go into 2017 and beyond we aim to have the names any women who were omitted from the War Memorials after WW1 in their hometowns in the UK.
Why We Do What We Do
Many women served as nurses and Voluntary aid detachments (VAD’s) during the Great War, most of the volunteers were middle class daughters who normally would have stayed in the home and never gone out to work. Because of these women it went a long way to changing the way women lived their lives post war.
Trained nurses and Military nurses were at first opposed to the VADs but soon they realised their worth. Many women died from infection, some were killed but a great deal returned home to normal lives. These women seemed to be forgotten and memorials to them are few and far between.
The aims of Wenches In Trenches, as set out in our Articles of Association are as follows :
1. The aim of the company is to raise funds for worthwhile projects and causes
2. Raise awareness of role of medical staff in World War One
3. Help with funding for projects directly associated with conflicts of WW1 & WW2
4. Helping individuals who have life changing injuries and illnesses to enrich their lives
If you would like to join us on a future walk, or are interested in donating please contact us for more information
Wenches In Trenches is a not for profit organisation, reg number 8793983