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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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Sorted by cause of death

Hannah Owen

Place of birth: Holyhead

Service: Stewardess, c.1905 - 1918

Death: 1918-10-10, RMS Leinster, Drowning / Boddi

Memorial: War memorial; Memorial Hyfrydle Chapel, Holyhead, Anglesey

Notes: aged 36. RMS Leinster was torpedoed in the Irish Sea. HO died together with Louise Parry

Sources: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=107830381

Reference: WaW0040

Hannah Owen, Stewardess on SS Leinster, sunk 10th October 1918

Hannah Owen

Hannah Owen, Stewardess on SS Leinster, sunk 10th October 1918

Hannah Owens name in the Welsh National Book of Remembrance

Welsh National Book of Remembrance

Hannah Owens name in the Welsh National Book of Remembrance


Louisa Parry

Place of birth: Holyhead

Service: Stewardess

Death: 1918-10-10, RMS Leinster, Drowning / Boddi

Memorial: War memorial, Holyhead, Anglesey

Notes: aged 22. RMS Leinster was torpedoed in the Irish Sea. LP died together with Hannah Owen

Sources: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=15368549

Reference: WaW0042

Name of Louisa Parry on Holyhead War Memorial

Holyhead War Memorial

Name of Louisa Parry on Holyhead War Memorial

Name of Louisa Parry in the Welsh National Book of Remembrance

Welsh National Book of Remembrance

Name of Louisa Parry in the Welsh National Book of Remembrance


Emily Ada Pickford (née Pearn)

Place of birth: Penarth

Service: Entertainer

Death: -1919-07.02, River Somme, Drowning / Boddi

Memorial: War memorial, Penarth, Glamorgan

Notes: aged 37. A member of one of Lena Ashwell's Concert Parties, she died when the car in which she was a passenger skidded into the River Somme on the way back from a concert. Buried Abbeville Community Cemetery Extension Plot V, Row G, Grave 23

Sources: http://www.powell76.talktalk.net/mrsemilypickford.htm

Reference: WaW0043

Name of Emily Pickford on Penarth War Memorial. She was a singer who drowned in an accident in the Somme January 1919

Penarth War Memorial

Name of Emily Pickford on Penarth War Memorial. She was a singer who drowned in an accident in the Somme January 1919


Jane (Jennie) Roberts

Place of birth: Bryncrug

Service: Staff Nurse, QAIMNS

Death: 1917-04-10, HMHS Salta, Drowning / Boddi

Memorial: Cathedral Nurse, Llanelwy, Flintshire

Notes: aged 30. She died when His Majesty’s Hospital Ship “Salta” was sunk off Le Havre on 10 April 1917. She was lost at sea and her body was never recovered. Her name appears on the Salta Memorial at Ste Marie Cemetery, Le Havre, Normandy, France, and on the memorial plaques in the porch of St Cadfan's Church, Tywyn

Sources: http://www.flintshirewarmemorials.com/memorials/st-asaph-memorial/st-asaph-cathedral-welsh-nurses-ww1/roberts-jane/http://www.mawddachestuary.co.uk/warmemorials/#TywynChurch

Reference: WaW0052

Jane Robert's name on the Nurses' Memorial, St Asaph

Nurse Jane Robert's name on the Nurses' Memorial, St Asaph

Jane Robert's name on the Nurses' Memorial, St Asaph

Name of Jane Roberts in the memorial porch, Tywyn Church

Tywyn Church

Name of Jane Roberts in the memorial porch, Tywyn Church


Jane/Jennie’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

Jane (Jennie) Roberts

Jane/Jennie’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


Margaret Williams

Place of birth: Holyhead

Service: Stewardess, 1914 - d

Death: 1916-11-03, SS Connemara, Drowning / Boddi

Memorial: War memorial, Holyhead, Anglesey

Notes: aged 32. SS Connemara sank in a collision with the coal carrier Retriever. MW is said to have been on her last shift before her marriage. Her body was never recovered.

Sources: https://sites.google.com/site/holyheadwarmemorial19141918/home/ss-connemara/margaret-williams-stewardess

Reference: WaW0067

Margaret Williams, a stewardess on S S Connemara, drowned in a collision at sea.

Margaret Williams

Margaret Williams, a stewardess on S S Connemara, drowned in a collision at sea.


Martha Emily Jenkins

Place of birth: Liverpool

Service: Stewardess, SS Aguila

Death: 1915/03/27, SS Aguila / Pembrokeshire coast, Drowning / Boddi

Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial, London

Notes: Martha Jenkins, Liverpool born but of Welsh extraction, was a stewardess on SS Aguila trading between Liverpool and the Canaries. The ship was torpedoed by a German U Boat off the coast of Pembrokeshire. Eight lives were lost including an un-named female passenger.

Sources: http://www.benjidog.co.uk/Tower%20Hill/WW1%20Agenoria%20to%20Alaunia.html#Aguila

Reference: WaW0173

Martha Emily Jenkins, stewardess, drowned 1915

Martha Emily Jenkins

Martha Emily Jenkins, stewardess, drowned 1915

Medal Record Card for Martha Emily Jenkins

Medal Record card

Medal Record Card for Martha Emily Jenkins


Part of report of the sinking of SS Aguila, Abergavenny Chronicle 2nd April 1915

Newspaper report

Part of report of the sinking of SS Aguila, Abergavenny Chronicle 2nd April 1915


Mary Elizabeth (May) Jones

Place of birth: Llanfairfechan

Service: Stewardess, Cunard Steam Ship Company

Death: 1915/05/17, SS Lusitania, Drowning / Boddi

Memorial: Mercantile Marine Memorial to the Missing, Tower Hill, London

Notes: May had been a senior stewardess with the Cunard Steam Ship Company for many years. She drowned aged 43 when SS Lusitania was torpedoed on 17th May 1917, together with 14 other stewardesses including Jane Howdle [qv]. Eight survived. She was buried with other victims at Old Cobh Cemetery, Queenstown, Ireland.

Sources: http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/maritime/visit/floor-plan/lusitania/people/peoples-stories.aspx?id=15547

Reference: WaW0261

Death Notice of Mary Jones,  North Wales Chronicle 14th May 1915.

Death notice

Death Notice of Mary Jones, North Wales Chronicle 14th May 1915.

Report of memorial service for Mary Jones, Y Clorianydd 19th May 1915rn

Newspaper report

Report of memorial service for Mary Jones, Y Clorianydd 19th May 1915rn


Anne Davies

Place of birth: Gowerton

Service: Mother

Death: 1915/05/07, S S Lusitania, Drowning / Boddi

Notes: Anne Davies, aged 52, was originally from Gowerton, but emigrated to America in about 1885. She lived in Ontario, Canada, but had been visiting her daughter in Llanelli. She was returning home on the Lusitania when it was torpedoed off the Irish coast. Her body was one of the first to be recovered, and she is buried in Cobh Old Town cemetery, Queenstown.

Reference: WaW0277

Article with photograph of Anne Davies, at that point missing after the sinking of the Lusitania. Cambria Daily Leader 10th May 1915

Newspaper report and photograph

Article with photograph of Anne Davies, at that point missing after the sinking of the Lusitania. Cambria Daily Leader 10th May 1915

Report confirming the death of Anne Davies. Cambria Daily Leader 19th May 1915

Newspaper report

Report confirming the death of Anne Davies. Cambria Daily Leader 19th May 1915


Margaret Elizabeth Foulkes (née Hughes)

Place of birth: Sandycroft, Flintshire

Service: Stewardess, S S Lusitania, 1915

Death: 1915/07/05, S S Lusitania, Drowning / Boddi

Memorial: Mercantile Marine Memorial to the Missing, Tower Hill, London

Notes: Margaret Foulkes, was born in Wales and brought up in Liverpool. She was a widow, and had worked on the Lusitania before the final voyage; stewardesses seem to have been employed by the voyage. She drowned when the ship was torpedoed on May 7th 1915, aged 42. Her body was never found.

Reference: WaW0324


Annie Crosby

Place of birth: Liverpool

Service: Passenger

Death: 1915-05-07, SS Lusitania, Drowning/Boddi

Memorial: War memorial, Bagillt, Flintshire

Notes: aged 36, drowned with her sister Ellen in the sinking of the Lusitania

Sources: http://www.flintshirewarmemorials.com; www.rmslusitania.info/

Reference: WaW0003



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