Women’s Royal Army Corps veteran from Halifax chosen for London Cenotaph March Past

Women’s Royal Army Corps (WRAC) veteran, Caroline McEwan-Smith, from Halifax, will participate in the 2023 London Cenotaph March Past.
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Caroline served in the WRAC between 1984 and 1990 as a data telegraphist, following in the footsteps of her grandfathers and father who all served in the Army.

Caroline recalls doing drills in the Maastricht caves to prepare for a full-blown war: “We didn’t realise how severe the Cold War threat was. We would’ve been right on the front lines."

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While billeted at Mill Hill in 1988, soldier Michael Robbins was killed by an IRA bomb. Caroline attended Michael’s memorial earlier this year, describing his death as a “huge shock".

Eventually, in 1990, Caroline left the Army to pursue a career in the police, serving for 20 years.

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