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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.
Register for Aliens
Registration papers for Alida Dunst showing move from Newport to Llangwyfan 1917
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.
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.
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.
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’.
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
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).
Welsh Book of Remembrance
Name of Miss Margaret M Evans with other nurses in the Welsh Book of Remembrance
Second letter to Women’s Work Sub Committee, Imperial War Museum, from Maggie’s mother, April 1919
A letter about Maggie’s death from the Sister in charge was published in Yr Udgorn 7th August 1918
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.