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Gladys Maud Jones
Place of birth: Cambridge
Service: Nurse, VAD
Death: 1917/08/21, Salonika, Malaria
Notes: Gladys Maud Jones’s name appears on the Welsh book of Remembrance, and her photograph is in the Imperial War Museum’s collection. Unfortunately, despite her name, she appears to have no connection with Wales. Both her parents were from Lincolnshire.
Place of birth: Swansea
Service: Nurse, VAD
Death: 1917/12/15, Mumbles, meningitis
Notes: Gladys (or Gwladys, both spellings occur) worked as a VAD at Danycoed Red Cross Hospital, Swansea, where she contracted the illness that became meningitis. She was 28 when she died, and was well-known in Swansea for swimming in the ladies’ water polo team.
Report of names, including Gladys’s, for Swansea Ladies’ Water Polo Team. Evening Express 12th October 1907.
Constance Fane Roberts
Place of birth: Llandre
Service: Army Remount Service: Gwasanaeth Ail-farchogaeth y Fyddin
Death: 1917-10-09, Motor accident/Damwain car
Memorial: Grave, Llandre, Cardiganshire
Notes: aged 22, died together with her fiance Captain Brereton Ockleston Rigby
Ellen ‘Nellie’ Mariana Booker
Place of birth: Southerndown ?
Service: Secretary then Commandant, VAD, 1909 - 1917
Death: February/Chwefror 19, Southerndown, Not known / anhuybys
Notes: Nellie Booker was the sixth daughter of Caroline Booker [qv]. With her mother and sister Etta [qv] she established the Southerndown branch of the Red Cross Society. At the outbreak of war she was the Secretary of the Tuscar House Hospital, and later became its Commandant. Unusually she was given a military funeral: ‘a unique honour for a lady’ (Glamorgan Gazette). Her Red Cross record card does not survive.
Report of the opening of Tuscar House Red Cross hospital. Glamorgan Gazette 28th May 1915
Part of the report of Nellie Booker’s military funeral. Glamorgan Gazette 2nd March 1917
Janet Elizabeth Evans
Place of birth: Newtown
Service: Clerk, QMAAC
Death: May 1919, London, not known / anhysbys
Memorial: War memorial, Newtown, Montgomeryshire
Notes: Janet became a teacher but later left to join the Army Pay Corps in Chester. In the summer of 1918 she joined the clerical staff of the QMAAC and was stationed in London. Following a period of indifferent health she was admitted to a London military hospital in April 1919. She died a month later, aged 21.
Carine Evelyn Nest Pryse-Rice
Place of birth: London
Service: Nurse, VAD, 1914 – 1919
Death: 1921, Forden, Montgomeryshire, Not known / Anhysbys
Memorial: St Dingats Church, Llandovery, Carmarthenshire
Notes: Nest and her sister Dorothea were daughters of Margaret Pryse-Rice, President of the Carmarthenshire Red Cross. She served through the whole war, mostly at the Llandovery Auxiliary Hospital but 1918 - 1919 at the Nannau Hospital for Officers, Dolgellau. She died aged 25
Place of birth: Pontymister ?
Service: Cook, QMAAC
Death: 1919/02/18, Not known , Not known / Anhysbys
Memorial: Rica Old Cemetary, Risca, Monmouthshire
Notes: Almost nothing is known of Madge Davies who was a cook in QMAAC.
Catherine (Katie) Evans
Place of birth: Holyhead
Service: Nurse, VAD
Death: 1914/10/16, Holyhead, Peritonitis
Notes: Katie was the second of seven surviving daughters of Hugh Evans, a marine engineer, and his wife Elizabeth (twin girls died in infancy). Her Red Cross record has not survived, but it is likely that she served at the Holyhead Red Cross Hospital. She died aged 34. On the day after the funeral her sister Pollie Williams [qv] volunteered for the VAD. Many thanks to Aled L Jones and Barry Hillier.
Margaret Evans Thomas
Place of birth: Pwllheli
Service: Staff Nurse, TFNS, 1914 - 1918
Death: 1918-11-08, 1st London General Hospital, Pneumonia
Memorial: War Memorial; Nurses Memorial; St Bartholomew's Hospital, Pwllheli; St Asaph, Caernarfon; Flintshire; London
Notes: Margaret, from a Welsh-speaking family, was brought up in Pwllheli from the age of 9 by her aunt and uncle. She probably trained as a nurse in London, perhaps at St Bartholemew’s Hospital which became the 1st London General Hospital. During the war she served as a Staff Nurse there until her death from flu at the age of 28; she was described as ‘cheerful and willing’. The War Office paid her funeral expenses of £20 2s 0d. Her gravestone in Pwllheli cemetery is set with the commemorative plaque (dead man’s penny’) sent to her relations after the war. Her name also appears on the Nurses’ Memorial in St Asaph’s cathedral. Thanks to Wayne Bywater.
Letter from Miss Sidney Brown to Agnes Conway of the Womens Section of the Imperial War Museum listing Margaret’s name as having died of pneumonia.
Grave of Margaret Evans Thomas
Margaret Evans Thomas’s grave in Pwllheli cemetery, set with her ‘dead man’s penny’. Thanks to Veronica Ruth.
Nurses memorial St Asaphs Cathedral
Name of Margaret Evans Thomas on the Nurses' Memorial, St Asaph's Cathedral
Letter from Margaret’s aunt Mrs Summers, explaining the differing names on her funeral payments.
Letter from Mrs Summers’s son in law, explaining the differing names on Margaret’s funeral payments.
Kate (Anna Catherine) Miller
Place of birth: Grangetown Cardiff
Service: Worker, QMAAC, 1918 - 1920
Death: 1920-07-29, St Pol-sur-Ternoise cemetery,France, Pneumonia / Niwmonia
Notes: aged 27. Buried St Pol-sur-Ternoise cemetery
Sources: http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead.aspx?cpage=11&sort=name&order=asc; folder