Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) uniform



Women volunteering for service during wartime dated back to the First World War, but during the Second World War the phenomenon really took hold and female ATS units were attached to existing male Territorial units. Liverpool women were able to join the ATS and serve in England alongside the territorial branch of the King’s Regiment during the Second World War. They were not allowed into combat. Women today continue to join Territorial units, but they are still barred from joining regular infantry battalions and going into combat. Florence Bolton served with the ATS and her unit was attached to the 38th Searchlight Battalion, King’s Regiment. She later became very active with the Poppy Appeal.