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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.
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.
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.
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.
Mary Edith Nepean (née Bellis)
Place of birth: Llandudno
Service: Novelist, artist, columnist, VAD Commandant, VAD, 1914 - 1919
Death: 1960, Llandudno ?, Cause not known
Memorial: St Tudnos Church, Llandudno, Caernarfon
Notes: Edith Nepean was born in 1876; her father John Bellis was Overseer of the Poor in Llandudno. She was a talented artist, winning a silver medal at the National Eisteddfod in Caernarfon, 1894, as well as painting and literary prizes at local eisteddfodau. She married Molyneux Edward Nepean in 1899 and moved to SE England. In 1914 she was appointed Commandant of the Folkestone Detachment of the Red Cross, a post she held until 1919. She published her first romantic novel, ‘Gwyneth of the Welsh Hills’ in 1917. This was turned into a silent film in 1921. This was followed by ‘Welsh Love’ and many other similar titles. She also wrote for contemporary film magazines.
Report of Edith Bellis’s success in the 1894 Eisteddfod. The Weekly News and Visitors Chronicle 20th July 1894
Gwyneth of the Welsh Hills
Edith’s first novel, Gwyneth of the Welsh Hills. Lloyd George is said to have encouraged her writing.
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.
Aldwyth Katrin Williams
Place of birth: Llanbedr-y-Cennin
Service: Nurse, VAD, 1914 - 1918
Death: 1918/11/08, Llanbedr-y-Cennin, Influenza / Ffliw
Memorial: St Tudnos Churchyard, Llandudno, Caernarfonshire
Notes: Aldwyth was the only daughter of the Rector of Llanbedr-y-Cennin. She joined the VAD early in the war, and worked for three days a week in the Red Cross hospitals in Llandudno, cooking and cleaning as well as nursing. She was 26 when she died.
Grave of Aldwyth Williams
Grave of Aldwyth Katrin Williams, St Tudno’s Church, Great Orme, Llandudno. Photo courtesy of Laurence Manton
Report of the funeral of Aldwyth Katrin Williams, Y Clorianydd, 27th November 1918, Identical reports were published in Y Cymro and Y Dydd.rn
Place of birth: Colwyn Bay
Service: Staff Nurse, QAIMNS
Death: 1919-08-04, Cause not known
Memorial: War memorial, Colwyn Bay, Caernarvonshire
Notes: aged 38. Buried Bron-y-Nant cemetery Colwyn Bay.
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.
Letter to the Women’s Work Subcommittee, Imperials War Museum, regarding a photograph of Jennie Williams.
Grave Registration form
Graves Registration Report Form including details of Jennie Williams. Ste Marie Cemetery, Le Havre
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
Elizabeth Anne (Lizzie) Jones
Place of birth: Cardigan
Service: Munitions Worker
Death: 1916-10-23, Cardigan, TNT poisoning / Gwenwyno TNT
Memorial: Cenotaph, Cardigan, Cardiganshire
Notes: aged 22, had worked at NEF Pembrey. Her mother Mary Anne Williams claimed compensation for her daughter's death
Lizzie’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.
Ellen Myfanwy Williams
Place of birth: Cardigan
Service: Nurse, 1914 - 1915
Death: 1915-01-19, West Bromwich Hospital, Cause not known
Memorial: Cenotaph, Cardigan, Cardiganshire
Notes: aged 26. Buried Cardigan cemetery.