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Two cooks of the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry

The two women cooks in this image are members of the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (FANY).

 

Through showing that they could easily do the same work as men, women strengthened their case for having the franchise extended to them. Organisations such as the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry were certainly important in the long-running campaign to win women the vote, especially since so many of their members were influential upper-class women. Women over 30 were given the vote in March 1917, and UK females first voted in the so-called 'khaki election' in December 1918.

 

Established by Lord Kitchener in 1907 to form a professional medical link between the wounded men on the front line and the field hospitals, the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (FANY) performed a wide range of front-line duties including driving, nursing and cooking. Most of the early female recruits were drawn from the ranks of the upper classes. However, many males, often conscientious objectors, also served in this organisation as drivers and nurses.

 

[Original reads: 'SCENES ON THE WESTERN FRONT. Two cooks of the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry.']

 

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Taken circa 1918