Sixteen members of the Corps took part in the Commemoration of D-Day at Portsmouth today alongside Her Majesty The Queen, HRH The Prince of Wales, Prime Minister Theresa May, U.S. President Donald Trump, and the Secretary of State for Defence Penny Mordaunt MP. Heads of state and government representatives from the countries involved in the historic military operation also attended.
Commander Caroline Squire introduced the section remembering those in the Special Operations Executive (SOE), Military Intelligence and other secret services. The FANYs served with distinction during World War II.
One major contribution by the FANY to the work of the SOE was in Communications, in both Signals and Cipher departments, where they received intensive training on Morse code.
Another major contribution was the FANY agents in the field: they worked mainly in France. Thirty-nine of the 50 women sent into France were FANYs, of whom 13 were captured and murdered by the Gestapo.
Today, the Corps of volunteers is still an essential part of London’s emergency response capability. Members are on call 24/7 to provide surge relief to civil and military authorities in times of national crisis.