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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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Edith Richards

Service: Sister

Notes: Mother, Mimmi (Sarah) and sister, Edith, to her left, at Tom’s graveside, c.1920; Gunner Thomas Sidney Richards,‘killed in action’, Armentieres, France, 14 March 1918, aged 20 in northern France, c. 1920

Reference: WaW0080

Photograph of Edith and Mimmi (Sarah) Richards, Mother and sister of Gunner Thomas Sidney Richards, at his grave in France, c.1920; Tom Richards  was ‘killed in action’, Armentieres,France

Edith and Mimmi (Sarah) Richards

Photograph of Edith and Mimmi (Sarah) Richards, Mother and sister of Gunner Thomas Sidney Richards, at his grave in France, c.1920; Tom Richards was ‘killed in action’, Armentieres,France

Tom Richards  was ‘killed in action’, Armentieres, France

Thomas Richards

Tom Richards was ‘killed in action’, Armentieres, France


Ella Richards

Place of birth: Lampeter

Service: Nurse, VAD

Death: 1918-10-14, Salonika, Pneumonia / Niwmonia

Memorial: War memorial, Lampeter, Cardiganshire

Notes: aged 31. buried at Mikra British Cemetery, Salonika

Sources: Cambrian News and Merionethshire/Meirionnydd Standard 9 May/Mai 1919

Reference: WaW0050

Nurse Ella Richards in VAD uniform

Nurse Ella Richards

Nurse Ella Richards in VAD uniform

Ella Richards's name on Lampeter War Memorial

Lampeter's War Memorial

Ella Richards's name on Lampeter War Memorial


Ella Richards's name on War Memorial in Capel Soar

Capel Soar 1

Ella Richards's name on War Memorial in Capel Soar

Memorial plaque to Ella Richards, Capel Soar

Capel Soar 2

Memorial plaque to Ella Richards, Capel Soar


Ella Richards mentioned in despatches, Cambrian News and Merionethshire Standard 18th July 1919

Newspaper report

Ella Richards mentioned in despatches, Cambrian News and Merionethshire Standard 18th July 1919

Red Cross card of Ella Richards

Red Cross Card

Red Cross card of Ella Richards


Red Cross card of Ella Richards

Red Cross Card (reverse)

Red Cross card of Ella Richards


Mimmi (Sarah) Richards

Service: Mother

Notes: Mother, Mimmi (Sarah) and sister, Edith, to her left, at Tom’s graveside, c.1920; Gunner Thomas Sidney Richards,‘killed in action’, Armentieres, France, 14 March 1918, aged 20 in northern France, c. 1920

Reference: WaW0079

Photograph of Mimmi (Sarah) and Edith Richards, Mother and sister of Gunner Thomas Sidney Richards, at his grave in France, c.1920; Tom Richards  was ‘killed in action’, Armentieres, France

Sarah (Mimmi) and Edith Richards

Photograph of Mimmi (Sarah) and Edith Richards, Mother and sister of Gunner Thomas Sidney Richards, at his grave in France, c.1920; Tom Richards was ‘killed in action’, Armentieres, France

Tom Richards  was ‘killed in action’, Armentieres, France

Thomas Richards

Tom Richards was ‘killed in action’, Armentieres, France


Mary Thompson Ritchings

Place of birth: Swansea

Service: Doctor, Commandant, VAD

Notes: Born in 1879, Dr Mary Ritchings was Commandant of the Swansea Volunteer Aid Detachment by 1912. In 1915 she became medical director of the YMCA Red Cross Hospital, one of the largest in Wales with 360 beds. She worked here until the end of the war, but also continued to hold weekly sessions at the Mother and Baby Welcome, a pioneering baby clinic which was commended by Queen Mary, among others. She was awarded the MBE in June 1918.

Reference: WaW0250

Photograph of Dr Ritchings with a soldier patient.

Newspaper photograph

Photograph of Dr Ritchings with a soldier patient.

Inspection of Swansea VAD, with Mary Ritchings Commandant. Cambrian Daily Leader 31st October 1913.

Newspaper photograph

Inspection of Swansea VAD, with Mary Ritchings Commandant. Cambrian Daily Leader 31st October 1913.


Record card for Dr Mary Ritchings.

Red Cross record card

Record card for Dr Mary Ritchings.

Report of Mary Ritchings's work at the Mothers and Babies Welcome.

Newspaper report

Report of Mary Ritchings's work at the Mothers and Babies Welcome.


Annie Roberts

Place of birth: Holyhead

Service: Member, WRAF, 14/05/1918 - d.

Death: 1918-12-12, Pneumonia / Niwmonia

Memorial: War memorial, Holyhead, Anglesey

Notes: aged 20. Served in Chester area. Buried Holyhead (Maeshyfred) cemetery

Reference: WaW0053

Name of Annie Roberts, WRAF, on Holyhead War Memorial

Holyhead War Memorial

Name of Annie Roberts, WRAF, on Holyhead War Memorial


Charlotte Emma (Lottie) Roberts

Place of birth: Abergwyngregyn near Bangor, 1883

Service: Nurse, VAD, 1914 - 1919

Notes: Charlotte (Lottie) Roberts joined the VAD in August 1914. After a period nursing in Lincoln she was posted to Calais in June 1916. She was so proud of her uniform that she chose wear it for her wedding in London 1919 or 20. She was awarded the Royal Red Cross.

Reference: WaW0099

Lottie Roberts in VAD uniform

Lottie Roberts VAD

Lottie Roberts in VAD uniform

Lottie Roberts in outdoor VAD uniform

Lottie Roberts VAD

Lottie Roberts in outdoor VAD uniform


Lottie's Wedding to F W Baker 1919/20

Lottie Roberts wedding

Lottie's Wedding to F W Baker 1919/20

photograph of Lottie's Royal Red Cross medal

Royal Red Cross medal

photograph of Lottie's Royal Red Cross medal


Ethel Roberts

Place of birth: Wrexham

Service: Child

Death: 1916/03.09, Moss, Wrexham, Explosion / Ffrwydrad

Memorial: Holy Trinity Church, Gwersyllt, Wrexham, Denbighshire

Notes: Ethel, aged one, died when a souvenir shell brought home by her uncle exploded, killing her and fatally injuring her sister and two cousins. Her uncle Private John Bagnall was seriously injured as well as her mother Sarah Roberts and her aunt Mary Bagnall. The children were buried in two graves in Holy Trinity Churchyard, Gwersyllt, where a memorial to the four girls was dedicated in March 2016.

Sources: http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/wrexham-remembers-four-children-killed-11027982

Reference: WaW0220

Report of the shell explosion that killed four girls and injured three adults, North Wales Chronicle 10th March 1916

Newspaper report

Report of the shell explosion that killed four girls and injured three adults, North Wales Chronicle 10th March 1916

Report of the explosion giving the names of the victims.

Newspaper Report

Report of the explosion giving the names of the victims.


Memorial to Sarah Bagnall, Ethel Roberts, Mary Roberts and Violet Williams at Holy Trinity Churchyard, Gwersyllt, dedicated March 2016.

Memorial

Memorial to Sarah Bagnall, Ethel Roberts, Mary Roberts and Violet Williams at Holy Trinity Churchyard, Gwersyllt, dedicated March 2016.


Gwenllian Elizabeth Roberts

Place of birth: Llangynidr

Service: Sister, QAIMNS Reserve

Notes: Gwenllian Roberts was awarded the Royal Red Cross for her services at the Central Military Hospital, Chatham, Kent.

Reference: WaW0115

Sister Gwenllian Elizabeth Roberts QAIMNSR wearing her Royal Red Cross medal

Gwenllian Elizabeth Roberts

Sister Gwenllian Elizabeth Roberts QAIMNSR wearing her Royal Red Cross medal

Sister Gwenllian Roberts’s Royal Red Cross, awarded August 5th 1919.

Gwenllian Roberts’s Royal Red Cross

Sister Gwenllian Roberts’s Royal Red Cross, awarded August 5th 1919.


Edinburgh Gazette listing Sister Roberts’s award, August 5th 1919 (8th in the right hand column).

Edinburgh Gazette listing Sister Roberts’s award

Edinburgh Gazette listing Sister Roberts’s award, August 5th 1919 (8th in the right hand column).

Newspaper report of Sister Roberts’s award, Llais Llafur25th October 1919.

Newspaper report

Newspaper report of Sister Roberts’s award, Llais Llafur25th October 1919.


Jane (Jennie) Roberts

Place of birth: Bryncrug

Service: Staff Nurse, QAIMNS

Death: 1917-04-10, HMHS Salta, Drowning / Boddi

Memorial: Cathedral Nurse, Llanelwy, Flintshire

Notes: aged 30. She died when His Majesty’s Hospital Ship “Salta” was sunk off Le Havre on 10 April 1917. She was lost at sea and her body was never recovered. Her name appears on the Salta Memorial at Ste Marie Cemetery, Le Havre, Normandy, France, and on the memorial plaques in the porch of St Cadfan's Church, Tywyn

Sources: http://www.flintshirewarmemorials.com/memorials/st-asaph-memorial/st-asaph-cathedral-welsh-nurses-ww1/roberts-jane/http://www.mawddachestuary.co.uk/warmemorials/#TywynChurch

Reference: WaW0052

Jane Robert's name on the Nurses' Memorial, St Asaph

Nurse Jane Robert's name on the Nurses' Memorial, St Asaph

Jane Robert's name on the Nurses' Memorial, St Asaph

Name of Jane Roberts in the memorial porch, Tywyn Church

Tywyn Church

Name of Jane Roberts in the memorial porch, Tywyn Church


Jane/Jennie’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

Jane (Jennie) Roberts

Jane/Jennie’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


Jean Roberts

Place of birth: Blaenau Ffestiniog

Service: Worker, WAAC, 1917/11/08 – 1918/01/05

Death: 1918/01/05, Bangor Military Hospital, Spotted fever / Teiffws

Notes: Jean, who was 18 when she died, was the eldest of six children of a widowed mother. In November 1919 her case was raised in Parliament by Haydn Jones, MP for Merioneth. Jean had been the chief support of the family, but her mother was not entitled to any form of compensation and was forced to ask for parochial relief. The matter was ‘considered’ by the Financial Secretary to the War Office, but we do not know the outcome. Jean Roberts’s name appears in the Welsh National Book of Remembrance.

Reference: WaW0260

Details of Jean Roberts in the War Graves Register

Grave Register

Details of Jean Roberts in the War Graves Register

Newspaper report of parliamentary question about Jean Roberts. North Wales Chronicle 14th November 1919.

Newspaper report

Newspaper report of parliamentary question about Jean Roberts. North Wales Chronicle 14th November 1919.


Jean Roberts’s name in the Welsh National Book of Remembrance.

Welsh Book of Remembrance

Jean Roberts’s name in the Welsh National Book of Remembrance.

Jean Roberts’s name on the War Memorial in St David’s Church, Blaenau Ffestiniog. It was obviously added after WW2, hence the mistake WAAF for QMAAC.rn. rn

War Memorial plaque

Jean Roberts’s name on the War Memorial in St David’s Church, Blaenau Ffestiniog. It was obviously added after WW2, hence the mistake WAAF for QMAAC.rn. rn



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