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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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Daphne Elizabeth Powell

Place of birth: Talgarth ?

Service: Worker, WAAC/QMAAC, Novermber 1917 - April 1919 /

Death: 1919/04/11, The Old Vicarage Talgarth , brief illness / salwch byr

Memorial: St Gwendolines Church, Talgarth, Breconshire

Notes: Daphne Powell served with the WAAC/QMAAC at Swanage, where she proved ‘a very efficient worker’. She was 21 years old when she died, possibly of Spanish flu.

Reference: WaW0194

Grave of Daphne Powell, St Gwendolines Church, Talgarth, Her grave is on the right; her brother Charles Baden Powell, who died in 1921, is on the left.

Grave of Daphne Powell

Grave of Daphne Powell, St Gwendolines Church, Talgarth, Her grave is on the right; her brother Charles Baden Powell, who died in 1921, is on the left.

Grave register showing the entries for Daphne Powell and her brother Charles. Both graves were originally grassy mounds; the headstones were erected recently by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

St Gwendolines Grave Register

Grave register showing the entries for Daphne Powell and her brother Charles. Both graves were originally grassy mounds; the headstones were erected recently by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.


Report of the funeral of Daphne Powell. Brecon County Times 1st May 1919

Newspaper report

Report of the funeral of Daphne Powell. Brecon County Times 1st May 1919


Jennie Williams

Place of birth: Llanberis ?

Service: Nurse, VAD, June 1916 – January 1919 / M

Death: 1919/1/31, Le Havre, Pneumonia / Niwmonia

Memorial: War Memorial, Llanberis, Caernarvonshire

Notes: Jennie Williams came from a comfortably-off family, and joined the VAD in June 1915. She left for France in October 1916, and died of pneumonia following influenza in January 1919, aged 45. She is buried in Ste Marie Cemetery, Le Havre.

Sources: http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/4021189/WILLIAMS,%20JENNIEhttp://www.roll-of-honour.com/Caernarvonshire/Llanberis.html

Reference: WaW0175

Jennie Williams VAD in uniform

Jennie Williams VAD

Jennie Williams VAD in uniform

Red Cross record for Jennie Williams VAD

Red Cross record

Red Cross record for Jennie Williams VAD


Red Cross record for Jennie Williams VAD

Red Cross record (reverse)

Red Cross record for Jennie Williams VAD

Letter to the Women’s Work Subcommittee, Imperials War Museum, regarding a photograph of Jennie Williams.

Letter

Letter to the Women’s Work Subcommittee, Imperials War Museum, regarding a photograph of Jennie Williams.


Graves Registration Report Form including details of Jennie Williams. Ste Marie Cemetery, Le Havre

Grave Registration form

Graves Registration Report Form including details of Jennie Williams. Ste Marie Cemetery, Le Havre

Name of Miss Jennie Williams in the Welsh Book of Remembrance

Welsh Book of Remembrance

Name of Miss Jennie Williams in the Welsh Book of Remembrance


Newspaper report of the death of Jennie Williams, Y Dinesydd Cymreig, Chwef 12 1919

Newspaper Report

Newspaper report of the death of Jennie Williams, Y Dinesydd Cymreig, Chwef 12 1919


Ryda Rees

Place of birth: New Quay, Cardiganshire

Service: Nurse, VAD, 1915 - 1919

Death: 1919/11/16, illness / salwych

Notes: Ryda, who was 29 when she died, served at the 3rd Western Hospital, Cardiff ‘until her health broke down’.

Reference: WaW0206

Ryda’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.

Ryda Rees

Ryda’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.

Letter to the Secretary of the Women’s Committee from Ryda’s mother Mary Rees 16th March 1920.

Letter

Letter to the Secretary of the Women’s Committee from Ryda’s mother Mary Rees 16th March 1920.


Red Cross Record card for Ryda Rees

Red Cross record card

Red Cross Record card for Ryda Rees

Red Cross Record card for Ryda Rees (reverse)

Red Cross record card (reverse)

Red Cross Record card for Ryda Rees (reverse)


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

Reference: WaW0038

Anna Catherine (Kate) Miller, QMAAC

Anna Catherine Miller

Anna Catherine (Kate) Miller, QMAAC


Elizabeth Davies

Place of birth: Burry Port

Service: Munitions Worker

Death: 1920:05:09, Llanelly Hospital, Accident: ruptured liver/Damwain, afu wedi ei rwygo

Notes: A young woman, Elizabeth Davies, of Sandfield House, Burry Port, died at Llanelly General Hospital on Sunday, from injuries sustained at the Pembrey National Filling Factory. The deceased was dismounting from a works train while in motion at its arrival at the Factory on Friday, when she slipped between the footboard and the platform. She was dragged some distance and sustained severe internal injuries. Llanelly and County Guardian 13th May 1920 Aged 17. 'A young woman, Elizabeth Davies, of Sandfield House, Burry Port, died at Llanelly General Hospital on Sunday, from injuries sustained at the Pembrey National Filling Factory. The deceased was dismounting from a works train while in motion at its arrival at the Factory on Friday, when she slipped between the footboard and the platform. She was dragged some distance and sustained severe internal injuries.' Llanelly and County Guardian 13th May 1920 A young woman, Elizabeth Davies, of Sandfield House, Burry Port, died at Llanelly General Hospital on Sunday, from injuries sustained at the Pembrey National Filling Factory. The deceased was dismounting from a works train while in motion at its arrival at the Factory on Friday, when she slipped between the footboard and the platform. She was dragged some distance and sustained severe internal injuries. Llanelly and County Guardian 13th May 1920

Reference: WaW0089

Coloured photograph of Elizabeth Davies

Elizabeth Davies.

Coloured photograph of Elizabeth Davies

Death certificate for Elizabeth Davies

Elizabeth Davies Death Certificate

Death certificate for Elizabeth Davies


Newspaper report of Elizabeth Davies's death

Report of Elizabeth Davies's accident

Newspaper report of Elizabeth Davies's death


Carine Evelyn Nest Pryse-Rice

Place of birth: London

Service: Nurse, VAD, 1914 – 1919

Death: 1921, Forden, Montgomeryshire, Not known / Anhysbys

Memorial: St Dingat\'s 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

Sources: http://www.wwwmp.co.uk/carmarthenshire-war-memorials/llandovery-carmarthenshire-red-cross-memorial/

Reference: WaW0204

Memorial plaque commemorating Dorothea and Nest Pryse-Rice, St Dingat’s, Llandovery

Memorial plaque

Memorial plaque commemorating Dorothea and Nest Pryse-Rice, St Dingat’s, Llandovery

Grave of Nest Pryse-Rice, St Dingat’s Church, Llandovery

Grave of Nest Pryse-Rice

Grave of Nest Pryse-Rice, St Dingat’s Church, Llandovery


Red Cross record card for Nest Pryse-Rice

Red Cross record

Red Cross record card for Nest Pryse-Rice


Annie Elizabeth (Nancy) Brewer (Mistrick)

Place of birth: Newport

Service: Nurse, Fondation Baye

Death: 1921/01/30, Newport, Brights disease

Notes: Annie Brewer, also known as Nancy, was born in 1874. Her father worked in the Dos Road Nail factory. She qualified in ‘the nursing and attendance of insane persons’ in 1899. After a few years working in hospitals she seems to have become a nurse/companion, travelling to many parts of Europe. At the outbreak of War she joined a private French hospital and ambulance organisation, the Fondation Baye, and worked as part of the Fondation in many war zones of France. She was wounded when her ambulance was bombed, and also suffered serious illness. She remained in France in the Army of Occupation until late 1920. She was decorated several times by the French government, including two awards of the Croix de Guerre and also the Legion d’Honnour. During her time in France she also married a young ambulance driver, Daniel Mistrick. She returned to Newport early in 1921 to nurse her mother, but died very shortly afterwards. Annie took many photographs of her time in France, and was also frequently photographed by others. A selection can be seen below.

Sources: www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/wales/authors/88112f9c-1724-34e3-8c65-6d48968dc06b22cb34378481r_date%22%20and%20%28gallica%20all%20%22nancy%20Brewer%22%29

Reference: WaW0187

Photograph of Annie (Nancy) taken in Torquay, 13 . 3 . 15

Annie (Nancy) Brewer

Photograph of Annie (Nancy) taken in Torquay, 13 . 3 . 15

Annie Brewer beside an ambulance possibly driven by Daniel Mistrick

Annie Brewer and ambulance

Annie Brewer beside an ambulance possibly driven by Daniel Mistrick


Annie Brewer giving an anaesthetic in a camp operating theatre.

Annie in the operating theatre

Annie Brewer giving an anaesthetic in a camp operating theatre.

Announcement in the Journal Officiel de la Republique Français, 17th December 1917: Miss BREWER (Nancy), voluntary nurse in the de Baye unit, at the hospital at Dugny: a highly skilled nurse whose moral strength and devotion have been conspicuously shown on many occasions, notably 18 August 1917 during the shelling of her ambulance. Gave on that day a magnificent example of coolness and of absolute disregard for danger, lavishing her care on the wounded while under enemy artillery fire.

Announcement of award of Croix de Guerre

Announcement in the Journal Officiel de la Republique Français, 17th December 1917: Miss BREWER (Nancy), voluntary nurse in the de Baye unit, at the hospital at Dugny: a highly skilled nurse whose moral strength and devotion have been conspicuously shown on many occasions, notably 18 August 1917 during the shelling of her ambulance. Gave on that day a magnificent example of coolness and of absolute disregard for danger, lavishing her care on the wounded while under enemy artillery fire.


Photograph by AB of a group of nurses looking up at a zeppelin flying over.

Nurses looking at a zeppelin

Photograph by AB of a group of nurses looking up at a zeppelin flying over.

AB’s photograph of a young man, possibly Daniel Mistrick, bathing in a river.

Young man bathing

AB’s photograph of a young man, possibly Daniel Mistrick, bathing in a river.


Annie Brewer in a snow covered dugout

Annie Brewer

Annie Brewer in a snow covered dugout

Announcement in the Journal Officiel de la Republique Français 22nd October 1920: Miss Brewer (Annie Elizabeth, Nancy), British, senior nurse in the unit of Mlle de rnBaye: has been with this at the Front since 1915, at Vitry-le-François, at Deuxnouds, before Beauzée, at Souilly, at Dugny; since the Armistice has been attached to the Army of Occupation, notably at Saarbrücken; taken ill in April 1918, has had to undergo a long period in hospital; scarcely able to return to duty, daily imposing on herself new tasks way beyond her strength; at present undergoing treatment in rnhospital in a condition that her doctors describe as extremely serious.

Announcement of award of Medaille de la Reconaissance français

Announcement in the Journal Officiel de la Republique Français 22nd October 1920: Miss Brewer (Annie Elizabeth, Nancy), British, senior nurse in the unit of Mlle de rnBaye: has been with this at the Front since 1915, at Vitry-le-François, at Deuxnouds, before Beauzée, at Souilly, at Dugny; since the Armistice has been attached to the Army of Occupation, notably at Saarbrücken; taken ill in April 1918, has had to undergo a long period in hospital; scarcely able to return to duty, daily imposing on herself new tasks way beyond her strength; at present undergoing treatment in rnhospital in a condition that her doctors describe as extremely serious.


Dorothea Margaret Seagrave Pryse-Rice (Evans)

Place of birth: London, 1894

Service: Nurse, VAD, 1914 – 1919?

Death: 1921/12/5, Cricket St Thomas, Devon, nfluenza / Yffliw

Memorial: St Dingats Church, Llandovery, Carmarthenshire

Notes: Dorothea and her sister Nest were daughters of Margaret Pryse Rice, President of the Carmarthenshire Red Cross. Dorothea’s record card has not survived, but she probably served as a VAD most of the war. She married a war hero, Brigadier-General Lewis Pugh Evans VC, in October 1918, had a son in 1920, and died of influenza aged in 1921 aged 27.

Sources: http://www.wwwmp.co.uk/carmarthenshire-war-memorials/llandovery-carmarthenshire-red-cross-memorial/

Reference: WaW0203

Memorial plaque commemorating Dorothea and Nest Pryse-Rice, St Dingat’s, Llandovery

Memorial Plaque

Memorial plaque commemorating Dorothea and Nest Pryse-Rice, St Dingat’s, Llandovery

Grave of Dorothea Pugh, née Pryse Rice, St Dingat’s, Llandovery

Grave of Dorothea Pryse Rice

Grave of Dorothea Pugh, née Pryse Rice, St Dingat’s, Llandovery


Dorothea’s husband, Lewis Pugh Evans VC

Lewis Pugh Evans VC

Dorothea’s husband, Lewis Pugh Evans VC

Report of the wedding in London of Dorothea Pryse Rice and Lewis Pugh Evans, October 1918

Newspaper report

Report of the wedding in London of Dorothea Pryse Rice and Lewis Pugh Evans, October 1918


Grace Evans (later Nott/Nott yn ddiweddarach)

Place of birth: Cymtydu

Service: Nurse, 1914 - 1918

Death: 1930-11-16, Johannesberg, Cause not known

Memorial: Plaque, St Tysilio, Cwmtydu, Cardiganshire

Notes: Died 'as the result of war services in East Africa during the Great War 1914 - 1918'

Sources: http://www.wwwmp.co.uk/ceredigion-war-memorials/

Reference: WaW0014

Plaque commemorating Grace Evans, St Tylsilio Church, Cwmtydu

St Tysilio

Plaque commemorating Grace Evans, St Tylsilio Church, Cwmtydu


Hester Millicent MacKenzie (née Hughes)

Place of birth: Bristol

Service: Educationalist, activist

Death: 1942, Brockweir, Cause not known

Notes: Born in 1863, Millicent MacKenzie was appointed associate Professor of Education (women) at the University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire (later Cardiff University) in 1904, and full Professor in 1910. She was the first women professor in Wales. She was a co-founder of the Cardiff and District Women’s Suffrage Society in 1908, which by 1914 was the largest outside London with 1200 members. Both before and during the War she was much involved the Girls’ Club of the University Settlement in Splott, Cardiff (where she met her husband, Prof J S Mackenzie). She stood, unsuccessfully as Labour Candidate for the Welsh universities’ seat in the 1918 election, the only woman to stand for a Welsh seat.

Sources: http://www.walesonline.co.uk/lifestyle/nostalgia/how-women-classes-came-together-12596684

Reference: WaW0246

Professor Millicent MacKenzie 1915

Professor Millicent Mackenzie

Professor Millicent MacKenzie 1915

Report on women candidates’ results in the 1918 General Election. Cambrian News and Merionethshire Standard 3rd January 1919.

Newspaper report

Report on women candidates’ results in the 1918 General Election. Cambrian News and Merionethshire Standard 3rd January 1919.


Report on election expenses, University of Wales candidates. North Wales Chronicle 14th February 1919rn

Newspaper report

Report on election expenses, University of Wales candidates. North Wales Chronicle 14th February 1919rn



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