Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC), with the WRNS and WRAF provided backup to the combatants both at home and abroad. Tasks varied but all three required cooks, cleaners, mechanics, drivers, telephonists and clerks.
Another organisation to attract middle and upper-class women was the Women’s Volunteer Reserve (WVR).
The WVR were an educative force in preparing public opinion for the regular uniformed WAAC and other military units.
Part of WVR were the Voluntary Aid Detachments (VADs). Made up of men and women, the VADs carried out a range of voluntary positions including nursing, transport duties, and the organisation of rest stations, working parties and auxiliary hospitals.