WRANS Coding Class – HMAS CERBERUS, March/April 1943

First WRANS Coding Class held at HMAS CERBERUS in March/April 1943

Back Row L to R:
Joan Browning, Barbara Baillieu, Sylvia Newman, Mac Gillies, Cynthia Letts, Joan Parry-Okeden, Margaret Sanderson.


Front Row L to R:
Pat Fuller, June Shelton, CPO Stafford, Thelma Walker, Marie Bird.

Sent by Marie Stubbs (nee Bird) who says:

I’m not sure why we had a sailor with us. It was suggested that he might have been there to carry the Chief’s books. Perhaps he was for moral support for our instructor, as we were the first WRANS to go through it was probably a very new experience.

When we completed our six week course we were thrown into watch-keeping at the CRS at Flinders. It took a while to adjust to lack of sleep but it is amazing what you can get used to and we were soon seasoned watch-keepers.