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Jo sheds light on life in Royal Navy for women.

Byline: STEPHANIE FINNEGAN @StephanieFinneg

A MARSDEN academic has written another book about maritime history.

Jo Stanley's book 'A History of the Royal Navy: Women and the Royal Navy' was published earlier this month.

The 68-year-old, a research fellow at Lancaster University's Centre for Mobilities Research, said: "I wrote the book because I'm fascinated by women who go away to sea as a way to get new and more fulfilling ways of living life.

"It breaks new ground because it's the first to talk about ALL women in naval services, including 'toothwrights',' sawbones', Wrens and auxiliary nurses in the Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) unit."

One of the women interviewed was Norma Hanson, a VAD worker from Almondbury.

Copies of the hardback book, which was published by I B Tauris, cost PS20 each.

Jo's previous publications include 'Hello Sailor! The Hidden History of Gay Life at Sea', 'Risk! Women on the Wartime Seas' and 'Bold in Her Breeches: Women pirates across the ages.'.

"My next book will be about a cross-dressing sailor set in 1815. 'William Brown', from Grenada, was the only known black woman to disguise herself as a man on naval ships," Jo added.

Jo will give a talk about writing at Marsden Mechanics Hall on January 15 at 7.30pm.

Norma Hanson, a VAD worker from Almondbury who was interviewed for Jo Stanley's book


Norma Hanson (second from right) a VAD worker from Almondbury, on HMS Cabbala with Sick Berth staff in 1943

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Nov 14, 2017
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