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The Experiences of Women in World War One

A collection of information, experiences and photographs recorded by Women's Archive of Wales in 2014-18

A collection of information, experiences and photographs recorded by Women's Archive of Wales in 2014-18

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Jean Roberts

Place of birth: Blaenau Ffestiniog

Service: Worker, WAAC, 1917/11/08 – 1918/01/05

Death: 1918/01/05, Bangor Military Hospital, Spotted fever / Teiffws

Notes: Jean, who was 18 when she died, was the eldest of six children of a widowed mother. In November 1919 her case was raised in Parliament by Haydn Jones, MP for Merioneth. Jean had been the chief support of the family, but her mother was not entitled to any form of compensation and was forced to ask for parochial relief. The matter was ‘considered’ by the Financial Secretary to the War Office, but we do not know the outcome. Jean Roberts’s name appears in the Welsh National Book of Remembrance.

Reference: WaW0260

Details of Jean Roberts in the War Graves Register

Grave Register

Details of Jean Roberts in the War Graves Register

Newspaper report of parliamentary question about Jean Roberts. North Wales Chronicle 14th November 1919.

Newspaper report

Newspaper report of parliamentary question about Jean Roberts. North Wales Chronicle 14th November 1919.


Jean Roberts’s name in the Welsh National Book of Remembrance.

Welsh Book of Remembrance

Jean Roberts’s name in the Welsh National Book of Remembrance.

Jean Roberts’s name on the War Memorial in St David’s Church, Blaenau Ffestiniog. It was obviously added after WW2, hence the mistake WAAF for QMAAC.rn. rn

War Memorial plaque

Jean Roberts’s name on the War Memorial in St David’s Church, Blaenau Ffestiniog. It was obviously added after WW2, hence the mistake WAAF for QMAAC.rn. rn


Elizabeth Anne (Lizzie) Jones

Place of birth: Cardigan

Service: Munitions Worker

Death: 1916-10-23, Cardigan, TNT poisoning / Gwenwyno TNT

Memorial: Cenotaph, Cardigan, Cardiganshire

Notes: aged 22, had worked at NEF Pembrey. Her mother Mary Anne Williams claimed compensation for her daughter's death

Sources: http://www.wwwmp.co.uk/ceredigion-war-memorials/

Reference: WaW0034

Name of Elizabeth Jones on Cardigan War Memorial

Cardigan War Memorial

Name of Elizabeth Jones on Cardigan War Memorial


Lizzie's mother Mary Anne Jones claiming compensation for her daughter's death.

Newspaper report

Lizzie's mother Mary Anne Jones claiming compensation for her daughter's death.

Lizzie’s photograph was collected by the Women’s Subcommittee of the Imperial War Museum as part of its collection of women who died during the War.

Lizzie Jones

Lizzie’s photograph was collected by the Women’s Subcommittee of the Imperial War Museum as part of its collection of women who died during the War.


Letter from the Town Clerk of Cardigan about a photograph of Lizzie Jones

Letter

Letter from the Town Clerk of Cardigan about a photograph of Lizzie Jones


Gladys Pritchard (Née Summerfield)

Place of birth: Swansea

Service: Munitions Worker

Death: TNT poisoning / Gwenwyno TNT

Notes: Gladys was a war widow aged 28. Her husband had been killed in July 1916. She had two small children. Grave St David's Newtown/Drenewydd

Sources: http://1914-1918.invisionzone.com/forums

Reference: WaW0045

Gladys’s photograph was collected by the Women’s Subcommittee of the Imperial War Museum as part of its collection of women who died during the War.

Gladys Pritchard

Gladys’s photograph was collected by the Women’s Subcommittee of the Imperial War Museum as part of its collection of women who died during the War.

Letter to the Secretary of the women’s collection from Gladys’s mother, Mrs Summerfield.

Letter

Letter to the Secretary of the women’s collection from Gladys’s mother, Mrs Summerfield.


May (Mary) Prosser

Place of birth: Govilon

Service: Munitions Worker

Death: 1917-04-03, Rochdale, TNT poisoning / Gwenwyno TNT

Memorial: Recreation Ground gates; Market hall, Govilon, Monmouthshire

Sources: http://1914-1918.invisionzone.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=139961&page=2

Reference: WaW0046

Name of May Prosser on memorial, Christchurch, Govilon

Christchurch, Govilon

Name of May Prosser on memorial, Christchurch, Govilon

Name of May Prosser on Govilon War Memorial

Govilon War Memorial

Name of May Prosser on Govilon War Memorial


Esther Devonald

Place of birth: Swansea

Service: Munitions Worker

Death: TNT poisoning/Gwenwyno gan TNT

Sources: http://1914-1918.invisionzone.com/forums

Reference: WaW0009

Newspaper report of Inquest into death of munitions worker Esther Devonald

Newspaper report of Inquest

Newspaper report of Inquest into death of munitions worker Esther Devonald


Catherine (Kate ) Hill

Place of birth: Swansea

Service: Munitions Worker

Death: TNT poisoning/Gwenwyno TNT

Memorial: Cenotaph, Swansea, Glamorgan

Sources: http://1914-1918.invisionzone.com/forums

Reference: WaW0025

Name of Catherine (Kate) Hill on Swansea Cenotaph

Swansea Cenotaph

Name of Catherine (Kate) Hill on Swansea Cenotaph


Margaret Morris

Place of birth: Swansea

Service: Widow, Mother, Munitions Worker

Death: --, Tawe Lodge, Swansea, Tuberculosis / Y diciau

Notes: Margaret Morris began work at NEF Pembrey after her soldier husband was killed in August 1916. There she is said to have contracted the tuberculosis from which she died. She left children aged 12, 8 and 2 and a half.

Reference: WaW0096

Account of death of Margaret Morris, Cambrian Daily Leader 30 April 1919

Death of Margaret Morris

Account of death of Margaret Morris, Cambrian Daily Leader 30 April 1919


Ethel Annie Llewlelyn

Place of birth: Beaufort

Service: Nurse, 1914 - 1918

Death: 13/04/1921, Llangwyfan Welsh National Memorial Sanatorium, Tuberculosis/Twbercwlosis

Memorial: St David’s Church, Beaufort, Brecknockshire

Notes: Born 1895, Ethel was the daughter of the Vicar of Beaufort. She worked at the Welsh Hospital, Netley, Southampton. It may have been there that she contracted TB. She was buried in Llangwfan churchyard.

Sources: http://firstworldwar.gwentheritage.org.uk/content/catalogue_item/ethel-annie-llewelyn-memorial-plaque

Reference: WaW0161

Memorial to Ethel Annie Llewelyn

Memorial, St David’s Church, Beaufort.

Memorial to Ethel Annie Llewelyn


Mabel Dearmer

Place of birth: Llanbleblig, 1872

Service: Volunteer, Red Cross/Y Groes Goch

Death: 1915-07-11, Serbia, Typhus/Pneumonia Teiffws/ Niwmonia

Notes: Mabel Dearmer was the wife of the Rev Percy Dearmer, chaplain to a Red Cross ambulance unit sent to Serbia. She was a pacifist, and a successful writer and illustrator of children's books.

Sources: http://britishlibrary.typepad.co.uk/untoldlives/2014/08/mabel-dearmer-in-serbia.html\r\nhttps://www.amazon.com/Letters-field-hospital-Mabel-Dearmer/dp/117677140X#reader_117677140X

Reference: WaW0092

Grave, on the left, of Mabel Dearmer, Kragujevac Central Cemetery, Serbia

Mabel Dearmer's grave, left.

Grave, on the left, of Mabel Dearmer, Kragujevac Central Cemetery, Serbia


Margaret (Maggie) Mary Evans

Place of birth: Pwllheli ?

Service: Nurse, VAD, March 1914 – July 1918 / Maw

Death: 1918/07/20, RN Hospital, Plymouth, Ubknown / Anysbys

Memorial: War Memorial, Pwllheli, Caernarvonshire

Notes: Maggie Evans volunteered part-time for the VAD until 1917, when she was posted to the RC Hospital Porthmadoc, and then in 1918 to the Royal Naval Hospital, Plymouth where she died. A letter about Maggie’s death from Mildred Lloyd Hughes [qv] the Sister in charge was published in Yr Udgorn 7th August 1918 (in English).

Reference: WaW0176

Maggie Evans in uniform

Margaret (Maggie) Mary Evans

Maggie Evans in uniform

Name of Miss Margaret M Evans with other nurses in the Welsh Book of Remembrance

Welsh Book of Remembrance

Name of Miss Margaret M Evans with other nurses in the Welsh Book of Remembrance


Red Cross record card for Margaret M Evans

Red Cross card

Red Cross record card for Margaret M Evans

Red Cross record card for Margaret M Evans (reverse)

Red Cross card (reverse)

Red Cross record card for Margaret M Evans (reverse)


Letter to Women’s Work Sub Committee, Imperial War Museum, from Maggie’s mother, August 1918

Letter

Letter to Women’s Work Sub Committee, Imperial War Museum, from Maggie’s mother, August 1918

Second letter to Women’s Work Sub Committee, Imperial War Museum, from Maggie’s mother, April 1919

Letter

Second letter to Women’s Work Sub Committee, Imperial War Museum, from Maggie’s mother, April 1919


Letter to Women’s Work Sub Committee, Imperial War Museum, from C Hall, April 1919

Letter

Letter to Women’s Work Sub Committee, Imperial War Museum, from C Hall, April 1919

A letter about Maggie’s death from the Sister in charge was published in Yr Udgorn 7th August 1918

Letter

A letter about Maggie’s death from the Sister in charge was published in Yr Udgorn 7th August 1918



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