RIP Cora


War Hero
I attended the funeral today of former WW2 Wren Cora Williams at Wessex Vale Crematorium near Southampton. She was 94.

Originally from East London, Cora was a teenage bride but widowed two years later when her husband was lost with the escort carrier HMS Avenger in 1942. She then joined the WRNS and served until the end of the war. She later re-married - to another sailor - and raised a son and a daughter,although the marriage ended in divorce.

She was a longstanding member of the Association of Wrens.

Cora lived in Portchester and Horndean before ill-health required a move to a care home in Winchester. The word "feisty" was probably not in in widespread use in her youth, but could well have been coined to describe her.

At her funeral service, her coffin was draped in a White Ensign, on which rested her blue WRNS hat with the simple cap tally "HMS". The service included the Naval Hymn and the Wrens' Prayer.

RIP Cora. It was a privilege to have known you.


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