With the 75th anniversaries of VE day and VJ day due to be celebrated in 2020, the search is on to find the oldest surviving women of the Second World War and to mark their contribution.

The Women’s Royal Army Corps Association has launched a #FindourOATS campaign, to see if they can locate veterans of the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) and include their memories in the anniversary celebrations.

During the Second World War women served a vital role in the armed forces, with over 300,000 of them serving as clerks, drivers, code-breakers and manning AckAck guns.

And according to local WRACA representative Janice Maciver, the fact that there may not have been as many roles for women actually in the islands themselves does not mean they weren’t involved.

She said: “We are trying to find out if Western Isles women did join up and go away to serve. For all we know they could have served anywhere on the mainland and may still be alive, with memories they could share.

“Families may also have memories or photographs of a relative during her army service. We’re really keen to celebrate anyone who was in the ATS, or who has family who were.

“They may not still be alive, but their legacy is massive. They were strong women who paved the way for all the service females who came after them.”

Anyone who has information can contact the team via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or read the full appeal on Facebook at