Records tagged with Keywords: Wren

Catherine Johnston

Leading Wren
about 1922 - 26 Dec 1944

The daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth Johnston, Catherine was Leading Wren on the HMS Fortitude.

She died in Renfrew Hospital, following an illness.

Margaret Helen Isla Marion Tennant

Other names: 
Her maiden name was Ogilvie
23 July 1920- 22 January 2014

Margaret Ogilvie was born in 1920, the second of six children of David Ogilvy, Earl of Airlie, and Lady Alexandra Coke. Her brother Angus married Princess Alexandra.

She was educated at home. She joined the Wrens during the Second World War and worked as an ambulance driver.

She married Sir Iain Tennant in 1946 and had three children. Her husband was Lord Lieutenant of Moray, and she was active in the community taking a particular interest in the WRI and McMillan Cancer Support.

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh stayed with Sir Iain and Lady Margaret when visiting Gordonstoun.

Press & Journal 5 March 1981
Royal actor draws the Queen to Gordonstoun

Margaret Watmore Barnes

Chief Wren
Other names: 
She was known as Madge.
1922- 19 August 1941

The daughter of William H and Lily Barnes, she was born in Edinburgh in 1922. She was a member of the 41st Girl Guide Unit. Each year on Remembrance Sunday a representative of this unit lays a poppy cross at the memorial. She attended Leith St Paul's church.

On her eighteenth birthday, Madge enlisted in the W.R.N.S (the Wrens) and was sent to Scarborough. In August 1941 a group of Wrens were sent to Gibraltar on board the Aguila, which was sailing as part of a convoy. Their ship was hit by a torpedo fired by a German U-boat, and twelve Wrens, including Madge Barnes, died.

Information provided by Pilrig St Paul's Church
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