Women's Auxiliary Army Corps members, France, during World War I. This photograph, which is attributed to Tom Aitken, shows a group of women from the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) on the beach beside a town in France. Five of the women are wearing their uniform overcoats and hats. The other three are in swimsuits. The WAAC was established in January 1917 to replace men in some non-combatant roles such as clerks, telephonists or cooks.