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Memories of Service 4 - Barbara Rowarth Web (Full Length Episode) – 2017 Documentary War

Memories of Service 4 - Barbara Rowarth

Web (Full Length Episode) – 2017 Documentary War

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Early in World War ll Barbara Rowarth was desperate to join the Navy. But what became WRENS (Women’s Royal New Zealand Naval Service) was yet to be formed, and Barbara had to wait until 1942. Initially the WRENS were only taking cooks and stewards, but she joined up anyway and ended up in signals with the rank of 4th Officer. Barbara loved the WRENS and aged 93, looks back at that time with affection. That’s despite a bout of rheumatic fever which almost certainly would have killed her if not for a dose of the first penicillin to be made in Auckland.

Key Cast & Crew

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David Blyth

Director, Interviewer, Producer

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Patricia Stroud

Research, Producer

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Jed Town

Composer

I went in with the cooks and stewards but I never did cook or stew.
– Barbara Rowarth