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Pair of shoulder titles, Queen Mary's Army Auxiliary Corps, 1918 (c)

Two rectangular badges with the unit abbreviation, 'Q.M.A.A.C', in buff embroidery upon khaki cloth.

The Queen Mary's Army Auxiliary Corps was formed as the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) in 1917 to free up men to go and fight in World War One (1914-1918). It was the first time women had served in the British Army other than as nurses.

Impressed with the WAAC's work, Queen Mary became its patron in 1918. The corps was renamed Queen Mary's Army Auxiliary Corps (QMAAC) to reflect its fine conduct during the German Spring Offensive of that year.

By the end of World War One, 50,000 women had volunteered. The corps was eventually disbanded in 1921.

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NAM. 2003-03-589-2


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National Army Museum, Study collection

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