This is the first picture on release of these two ladies in uniform and I have had the privilege of meeting the newcomer briefly and yes, initial impact was most impressive. Much has been written about previous under representation of ladies at the Tower etc. and I am often asked about it. Yes, the Tower may be considered cautious and conservative, this is for others to discuss, but I have often been told that recruitment of suitably qualified women is difficult, not least, for the obvious reasons that there are fewer of them and some leave for the same, time honoured reason as in other areas of work. This issue has not been an easy one, just as the Navy had powerful arguments about its underrepresentation etc. I mention it as straightforwardly as I have been pleased to mention YW Thynne's excellent beard (see below). The Yeoman Warder Body is a gathering together of successful, strong personalities, each with their own developed skills and strengths, living close to each other in a small community. I can only guess that's it's still tough as well as highly rewarding- each newcomer has to earn respect anew.
Extract from Poppies, Pomp and People, April 7th: Arrival of New Probationer Gary Thynne The latest probationary Yeoman Warder, Gary Thynne, arrived to start his six months’ training, sporting a beard envied by many of his colleagues. Gary, still a young man, has passed through his twenty-two years’ good conduct and achieved senior rank in the Royal Artillery as Welfare Warrant Officer for two of their regiments. Though he is no doubt well prepared, now comes a gruelling period of concentrated, focused training as a probationer. For six months he will be immersed in learning ‘the story’. During this time, he must live alone at the Tower, away from his wife. I gather that colleagues are very supportive and one of the Yeoman Warders is assigned as mentor. During this period, he will be transformed into a polished, entertaining, expert specialist performer and speaker on the history of the Tower of London, continuing with and adapting all the skills developed during a successful military career. Along the way he will also learn to live and breathe the twenty-one daily duties.
Qualifications to become a Yeoman Warder: Achieve rank of Warrant Officer, Class 1 or 2 (or equivalent) in Royal Navy, Army, Royal Air Force or Royal Marines. Must have served a full career of twenty-two years, and hold the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal. #toweroflondon #poppiespompandpeople #christopherwestlondon