I've been reading about the Queen Mary Army Auxiliary Corps (QMAAC) in connection with these beautiful WW1 medals which were awarded to Worker N.L.Barker. The QMAAC ladies served their country both at home and in France in a number of roles, which helped free up some of the men for more active front line duties. I note that these ladies carried out there work wearing skirts that were no more that 12" off the ground (a detail that seemed to be very important in the 1900s). Unfortunately most of the records for the 57,000 women that served have been lost. So I stand little chance of discovering what Miss/Mrs Barker got up to. I don't yet know who she was or why my dad kept her medals along with his own, and those of both my grandfathers. "Barker" does not appear to be a family name, but I suspect she was someone close to my fathers family, and that the answer probably lies in Dorset, not a million miles from Sherborne where my dad grew up in the 1920s.