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Memories of Service 4 - Barbara Rowarth

Web (Full Length Episode) – 2017

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.

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

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

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Edward Larsen

Editor

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Stephen Latty

Camera, Sound

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Produced by

ILA Film Productions

Source

David Blyth