Mela Brown Constable in Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps uniform, possibly taken in November 1917 when based at Sutton Coldfield. Mela joined the WAACs in September 1917 and was appointed a Unit Administrator.
On 21st November, Mela wrote to her fiancée, Cyril Sladden, enclosing the photo: “How do you like this snap of me? It was taken the day Maud came to see me. A man was going round the camp taking snaps and asked us if he might snap us. I am sorry I’ve got my Burberry on because you cannot see all my decorations! On each shoulder strap of my tunic coat I have 3 metal roses and the WAAC badge on the lapels of the coat – and the Royal standard buttons in bronze.
- 1 rose = Subaltern Company
- 2 roses = OC Company – also adjutant
- 3 roses = Commanding Officer of an Unit
By the way the other lady in the snapshot is Mrs Collard – with whom I am dining tomorrow night.”
[Someone at some stage cut the photo so that only Mela can be seen.]
We are grateful to Rosemary Richards (granddaughter of Mela) for providing us with a copy of this photo.