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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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Alida Gunst (née Demoine)

Place of birth: Belgium

Service: Housekeeper, refugee

Death: 1918/04/03, Llangwyfan sanatorium , Tuberculosis / Diciau

Notes: Alida arrived in London as a refugee from Belgium in October 1914. She was married to Arsène Dunst in Devon in January 1915. He was serving in the Belgian army, and had been wounded. They seem to have moved to Newport, where she may have worked as a housekeeper. She contracted TB, and was sent in December 1917 by Monmouthshire to Llangwyfan Sanatorium, Denbigh, where she died in April 1918. There was a dispute between the authorities in Newport and Denbigh as to who should pay for the burial.

Sources: https://refugeesinrhyl.wordpress.com/gunst/

Reference: WaW0433

Grave of Alida Gunst, Ystrad Road Cemetery, Denbigh.

Grave

Grave of Alida Gunst, Ystrad Road Cemetery, Denbigh.

Registration papers for Alida Dunst showing move from Newport to Llangwyfan 1917

Register for Aliens

Registration papers for Alida Dunst showing move from Newport to Llangwyfan 1917


Report of Denbigh Town Council’s refusal to waive the fee for Alida’s burial.

Newspaper report

Report of Denbigh Town Council’s refusal to waive the fee for Alida’s burial.


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


Catherine J James

Place of birth: Llanelli

Service: Nurse, St Johns Ambulance

Death: 1919/12/04, Llanelli, Tuberculosis / Y diciáu

Memorial: Tabernacle Chapel, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire

Notes: Catherine was a member of the St John’s Ambulance. She served throughout the War, first in Porthcawl and then in Stebonheath, Llanelli (where she may have contracted the TB that killed her aged 28.) Her name appears on the war memorial plaque in Tabernacl Chapel, Llanelli.

Sources: https://www.wwwmp.co.uk/carmarthenshire-memorials/llanelli-tabernacl-chapel-war-memorial

Reference: WaW0404

Catherine James’s name on the memorial plaque in Tabernacl Chapel, Llanelli.

War Memorial

Catherine James’s name on the memorial plaque in Tabernacl Chapel, Llanelli.


Ethel Annie Llewelyn

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, born 1872, was a successful writer, dramatist and illustrator of adult and children’s books. She and her husband the Rev Percy Dearmer were both pacifists and supporters of the Church League for Women’s Suffrage. When her husband accepted a post as chaplain to the British Red Cross in Serbia, she volunteered to go too, and died in July 1915. Her letters home were published posthumously as ‘Letters from a Field Hospital’.

Sources: http://britishlibrary.typepad.co.uk/untoldlives/2014/08/mabel-dearmer-in-serbia.html https://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

Mabel’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

Mabel Dearmer

Mabel’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


One of Mabel Dearmer’s characteristic children’s book illustrations, 1901rnrn

Book illustration

One of Mabel Dearmer’s characteristic children’s book illustrations, 1901rnrn

List of the staff of the Stobart Hospital, Kragujevac, Serbia. ‘Dearmer, Mrs Percy’ is listed under ‘Women Orderlies’ and her husband The Rev Dr P Dearmer is the Hon Chaplain. Emily Hill [qv] is listed under ‘Nursing Sisters.

Stobart Hospital Staff List

List of the staff of the Stobart Hospital, Kragujevac, Serbia. ‘Dearmer, Mrs Percy’ is listed under ‘Women Orderlies’ and her husband The Rev Dr P Dearmer is the Hon Chaplain. Emily Hill [qv] is listed under ‘Nursing Sisters.


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


Grave of Maggie Evans VAD, Pwllheli cemetery. Thanks to Wayne Bywater

Grave

Grave of Maggie Evans VAD, Pwllheli cemetery. Thanks to Wayne Bywater


Lilian Kate Jones

Place of birth: Newport

Service: Nurse, VAD

Death: 1916/06/06, Unknown/Anhysbys

Notes: Lilian joined the VAD in August 1915, aged 35. She worked at 2nd South General Military Hospital in Bristol, where she had family connections.

Reference: WaW0143

Grave of Lilian Jones, St Woolos, Newport

Grave of Lilian Jones

Grave of Lilian Jones, St Woolos, Newport

name of Lilian Jones, Welsh National Book of Remembrance

Welsh National Book of Remembrance

name of Lilian Jones, Welsh National Book of Remembrance


Red Cross card for Lilian Jones

Red Cross record card

Red Cross card for Lilian Jones

Red Cross card for Lilian Jones

Red Cross record card (reverse)

Red Cross card for Lilian Jones



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