Petty Officer Signaller Shirley Drew A/M WR 13, Women’s Royal Australian Naval Service (WRANS)
A day girl from Chatswood, Shirley left Presbyterian Ladies’ College at Pymble in 1930.
During World War II, she was an early member of the Women’s Emergency Signally Corp (WESC), many of whom went on to become members of the Women’s Royal Australian Naval Service.
Shirley died in 1997 aged 77.
Letters and photos
Letter written to Miss Knox from Shirley Drew on the 3rd of January 1944
HMA Naval Wireless Station
Dear Miss Knox,
What a lovely surprise I got to receive a Christmas card from you, thank you very much.
I do hope you had a happy Christmas and new year, I was one of the lucky ones and managed to get home for Christmas.
So far as I know Gloria Rose and I are the only girls here, but if I hear of any more
I’ll let you know.
With all best wishes for the new year to you and every success to Pymble.