Women’s Transport Service (FANY)
Group From 1907
All-women unit, affiliated to the TA, formed as the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry and active in both nursing and intelligence work during WW1 and WW2. The original role was to ride horseback (hence "yeomanry") to rescue wounded soldiers and provide first aid. In WW1 they drove motor ambulances and ran hospitals for the French and Belgian armies. At the start of WW2 they formed the Women's Transport Service and this became the cover for women who volunteered for espionage work for the Special Operations Executive. Our picture shows the Countess of Athlone in the WTS, though from the length of the skirts we think it must be when it was still known as FANY.