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Sheila Mills arrived in Dunfermline on 1st October 1940 for her initial training as a Wren.  She volunteered for service 2 weeks after her 18th birthday without waiting to be called up. She spent just a month here before being posted to Dundee, eventually serving overseas in Egypt and Germany

The Women's Royal Naval Service (WRNS) was founded in 1917, during the First World War, when the Royal Navy became the first of the three services to officially recruit women.

Women who served in the WRNS were nicknamed 'Wrens'.

Wrens were initially recruited to release men to serve at sea. This was reflected in their recruiting slogan 'Join the Wrens today and free a man to join the Fleet.' As the wartime navy expanded, the WRNS took on tasks that the Royal Navy had previously considered beyond their capabilities. WRNS responsibilities included driving, cooking, clerical work, operating radar and communications equipment and providing weather forecasts.

Wrens with language skills were drafted to stations around the coast to intercept and translate enemy signals. As well as serving on the Home Front, thousands of Wrens served in overseas units, including Sheila Mills.