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Place of birth: Trawsfynydd, 1890?
Service: Agricultural student
Notes: Mary Evans was the sister of the poet Hedd Wyn, Ellis Humphrey Evans. She was studying at Madryn Agricultural College, near Pwllheli. This letter, written in Autumn 1917, asks for money, talks about her life, and expresses hiraeth for her late brother.
Annie M Evans
Place of birth: Cwmdare c.1872
Service: Nurse, SWH, 1915 - 1916
Notes: Formerly matron of Blackburn Fever Hospital, Annie Evans joined the Scottish Women's Hospital at Valjevo in Serbia in 1915. She and the unit in which she served were taken as prisoners of war by the Austrians on 10th November 1915. After months of badgering by Dr Alice Hutchinson, head of the unit, she and 32 others were repatriated to Britain.
Place of birth: Lancashire, 1880
Service: Wife and Mother
Notes: Gertrude Fairclough was the wife of Major Rowland Fairclough, Royal Welch Fusiliers, and spent her married life in Mold, Flintshire. Family traditions says that once her husband had joined his regiment in France (despite being 48 in 1914), she moved into a hotel.
Gertrude Fairclough c.1915
Gertrude Fairclough née Appleby, wife of Major Rowland Fairclough, Royal Welch Fusiliers.
Place of birth: Kidwelly
Service: Munitions Worker
Notes: aged 55, awarded MOBE for 'courage in assisting to stop a fire in an explosives factory at considerable danger to her life'.
Sources: The Carmarthen Journal and South Wales Weekly Advertiser;
report of presentation in The Carmarthen Journal and South Wales Weekly Advertiser 19th April 1918
Service: Munitions Worker
Memorial: Cenotaph, Swansea, Glamorgan
Notes: aged 28; buried St Michael's Ammanford
Service: Peace Campaigner
Sources: Pioneer 28 Gorffennaf 1917
Advertisement for meeting in connection with the Women's Peace Crusade, Pioneer 28 July 1917
Place of birth: Clydach
Service: Nurse, VAD, 1918
Notes: Dorothy Gibbons, a school teacher, worked as a VAD at Quarr Auxiilary Hospital, Clydach, Swansea Valley. She married Benjamin Clatworthy in 1923.
Place of birth: Cefn Mawr?
Service: Clerk, WAAC/QMAAC, 1917 - 1919
Notes: Amy Goodwin volunteered for the WAAC in 1917. After training at Kinmel Camp, Boddelwyddan, she was sent to Bourges in France to with the American Expeditionary Force as a book-keeper. Her collection of photographs from her time in France are deposited in West Glamorgan Archives.
Trenches tour 2
Amy and a friend on a tour of the trenches, Baillie Fields, Soissons. There is a German corpse in the foreground.
Place of birth: Cilgerran
Notes: Olivia Griffiths was an Assistant Lecturer in the Education department of Aberystwyth University in 1916. Later she moved on to Bangor Normal College (1920s).
Olivia Griffiths in academic dress, c 1910 ; ; .
Olivia Griffiths in academic dress, 1910. She obtained a first class degree in German at Aberystwyth University despite the death of her mother during the exam period
Olivia Griffiths as a schoolgirl (standing next to the teacher)
Olivia Griffiths as a schoolgirl (standing next to the teacher) c.1905
Edith Haines (Spridgeon)
Service: Bus Conductress
Notes: Edith Haines was one of the first women bus conductresses in Swansea
Edith Haines (right), with Maggie (unknown, left), and Nellie Spridgeon centre
Edith Haines (née Spridgeon, right), with Maggie (unknown, left), and Nellie Spridgeon centre