The band of the Women's Royal Army Corps

Object number

LDVAL 2007.31.4


after 1950


18 blank pages of headed letter paper. From the Band of the Women's Royal Army Corps, Queen Elizabeth Camp, Guildford, Surrey. Belonged to Joyce Reeland (9/11/1921 - 10/2001) who joined the Dagenham Girl Pipers in c1935. She was a bass drummer and rose to the rank of Sergeant. She travelled the world with them, visiting Paris, Ceylon and Germany, and entertained the troops during the war. On 14th April 1939 Joyce was one of the party who boarded the SS American Trader in London and set sail for America. She docked in New York on 24th April 1939. Joyce left the Pipers soon after and joined the Women's Army Corp band as a drummer and attained the rank of Corporal. In 1945 she demobbed and returned to the Dagenham Girl Pipers, and as part of a small group she travelled to Germany for 3 months to entertain the troops. She returned on New Years Eve the same year, and six weeks later went to India and Ceylon for 10 months. Joyce lived with her family at 34 Osborne Square, Dagenham. She left the Dagenham Girl Pipers in 1950. These items were rescued from a house clearance after her death by Nick Medway. See also Archive collection ACQ2007/16.

Physical description

18 pages of cream writing paper. Headed with dark green text and the embossed WRAC emblam. Wrapped in a strip of pale blue paper fastened with brown paper tape.






Whole length: 203mm
width: 165mm

Collection type



Inscription Printed Top front: The Band of the Women’s Royal Army Corps QUEEN ELIZABETH CAMP GUILDFORD SURREY

Alternative reference

Entry Number 1705/4 (2007-08-18)

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Start dateafter 1950
InstitutionValence House Museum
Collection typeEphemera