Caning Of British Military Women

A Taste Of The Birch has quoted in full several letters published recently in Britain’s Daily Telegraph, from British women recounting canings they received during military training. Thus:

Errant Wrens

If Douglas Dickins (letter, January 22) is interested, I attended a Wrens’ Naval Cadets training school in London, in the early 1950s. We were subjected to similar discipline, which did sometimes include being caned on the behind, though it wasn’t bare but over our knickers. I don’t think it did me any harm, but I don’t think it did me any good either. What I do know is, bullying still went on, but we did tend to show more respect to authority and we were certainly not as rude as our modern-day counterparts, male and female.

(Mrs) Gwen Lawes, Cobham, Kent


Bare bottom caning

Your correspondent who as a Wren was caned over her knickers had it easy
(Letters, January 29). In the 1940s, it was a daily routine for cadets at
the Royal Naval School in Portsmouth to be beaten on their bare buttocks.

Once, for carelessly discharging a clip of live ammunition, the commanding
officer gave me 30 of the very best and I could not sit down for five days.

Mavis Parker, Quorn, Leicestershire

For a negligent discharge on that scale, I must say 30 strokes actually sounds pretty lenient to me.

  1. Sarah commented on February 6th, 2006:

    “For a negligent discharge on that scale, I must say 30 strokes actually sounds pretty lenient to me.”

    Ohh yes, I have to agree with you there.

  2. Alex Birch commented on February 19th, 2006:

    Thanks for the credit on this great blog. There are more letters today

  3. walter commented on July 27th, 2008:

    I would give her 100 strokes of the cane. 10 strokes every week’

  4. walter commented on August 22nd, 2008:

    25 strokes of the cane. 25 of the very best strokes of the cane. On their naked bottoms.

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