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[p][b][span=color: #ff0000;]I have successfully completed my walk but my page is still open if you wish to donate.[/span][/b][/p][p][b][span=color: #ff0000;]I am already planning my next walk in May 2018 - watch this space!![/span][/b][/p][p][b]Who?[/b][b] Margaret Davies (Age: 65years)[/b][b] [/b][/p][p]Retired Officer in Women’s Royal Army Corps (5 Year Short Service Commission)[/p][p]Retired Primary School Teacher[/p][p][b]Charities?[/b][b] Cancer Research UK[/b][/p][p]In 2007 I was diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer. I went through a couple of operations & 5 years of treatment. I have many friends who have had or are still dealing with cancer. In late 2016 I lost an inspirational mentor and teaching colleague to cancer. The battle continues and every penny is needed to fund much needed research.[/p][p][b]Charities?[/b][b] [/b][b]WRAC Association[/b][b] [/b][/p][p]In 2008, when I suffered panic attacks and a crisis of confidence, some members of the Women’s Royal Army Corps Association with whom I had served found me. The comradeship and support that they and the Association gave me helped (and still helps) me fight the demons that a life-threatening illness can produce. In 1992 the Women’s Royal Army Corps was disbanded. It is unique in that it is the only Corps or Regiment within the British Army whose Association is no longer funded or supported by the MoD. This is because female soldiers were absorbed individually into the various arms and services of the British Army and not as a Corps. Unless considerable funds can be raised the WRAC Association Headquarters in Winchester, with its many nationwide Branches, will cease to exist within 6 years and will no longer be available to help veterans like myself. There is a mind-set and camaraderie that any soldier and veteran will tell you is peculiar to British ex-forces. It is this that we valued during our service and it is this that we treasure as veterans.[/p][p][b]Why The 100 YEAR Walk?[/b][/p][p]2017 will mark the 100 years that women have officially been part of the British Army. In January 1917, Lieutenant-General H Lawson recommended women serving in the army in France. By March 1917, even Sir Douglas Haig (C-in-C), had come round to the belief that women could play a vital role. The Army Council Instruction Number 1069 of July 7th, 1917, is the date considered to be the official start of the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps the pre-cursor of the Women’s Royal Army Corps. However, the WAAC was already sending its first members to the front in March 1917. Women serving in the British Army went through a number of guises starting with the WAAC then becoming Queen Mary's Auxiliary Army Corps (QMAAC) in 1918. (It was disbanded in 1921.) There was a re-incarnation of women serving on 9 September 1938, when the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) was formed which existed until 1 February 1949, when it was merged into the Women's Royal Army Corps (WRAC).[/p][p][b]Where and When?[/b] To mark the contribution of women in the British Army my walk will [b]start on 12th March 2017[/b] at the WRAC Memorial Plot, National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire. Using the canal towpaths of the Trent & Mersey, Birmingham & Fazeley, Coventry, Oxford, Grand Union and Stratford Canals I will [b]finish[/b], after a 100 mile journey, [b]on 18th March 2017[/b] at Stratford-upon-Avon in time for the Women's Royal Army Corps Association AGM and 100 Year Celebratory Dinner.[/p][p]Follow my Blog at:[/p][p]margdavieswalks.blogspot.co.uk[/p][p][b]MY WALK HAS NOW FINISHED BUT PLEASE READ ALL ABOUT IT ON MY BLOG. THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR SUPPORT. MY PAGE IS STILL OPEN TO ACCEPT DONATIONS[/b] [/p][p] [/p]
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