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Service: Nurse, VAD ?
Notes: Nothing is known of Nancy Roberts. Her name appears at no 60 on the Roll of Honour of those who served in WWI, Kings Cross Welsh Chapel London.
Nancy Roberts’s name on Roll of Honour
Nancy Roberts’s name on Roll of Honour of those who served in WWI, Kings Cross Welsh Chapel London
Place of birth: Wrexham ?
Notes: Sarah lost both legs in the shell explosion at Moss, Wrexham, on 9th March 1916. Her daughter Ethel was killed instantly and her daughter Mary and two other little girls fatally injured. See Mary Bagnall.Sarah’s account was quoted in the report of the inquest, Canbrian Times 18th March 1916.
Report of the shell explosion that killed four girls and injured three adults, North Wales Chronicle 10th March 1916
Place of birth: Ebbw Vale
Service: Nurse, VAD
Notes: Gertrude Rosewarne was working as a pupil teacher in 1911. She joined the VAD early in the War, first in Abergevanny and then in Ebbw Vale. She collected entries by many of her patients in her autograph album.
Place of birth: Talywain
Service: Assistant Cook, WAAC/QMAAC, 1917/09 - 1919/10
Notes: Gwladys joined the WAAC in September 1917 when she was working as a housemaid in Pontypool Hospital. Her WAAC papers survive in the National Archives, including a letter to Lady Mackworth (Margaret Haig Thomas) in August 1917, enquiring about the possibility of joining a women’s army corps. She served as an assistant cook, first at Bisley near London, then at Catterick Camp in Yorkshire. Gwladys was discharged from the WAAC on compassionate grounds in October 1919.
Sources: National Archives WO-398-193-26
Helena May Rowlands
Place of birth: Llangefni
Service: Nurse, Territorial Nursing Service/Gwasanaeth Nyrsio Tiri
Death: 1919-05-10, Military Fever Hospital Liverpool, Influenza
Memorial: Nurses memorial, Llanelwy, Flintshire
Notes: aged 24/25. Buried in Mynydd Seion Chapel, Abergele. Her body was taken by train from Liverpool to Abergele, and straight to the cemetery to avoid infection.
Nurse Helena May Rowlands's name on the Nurses' Memorial, St Asaph
Helena May Rowlands's name on the Nurses' Memorial, St Asaph
Nurses' Memorial, Liverpool Cathedral
The Nurses’ Memorial in the Lady Chapel, Liverpool Cathedral, listing names of nurses who died in the War and had worked in Liverpool. Ethel Saxon is also recorded here.
Nurses' Memorial Liverpool Cathedral
Name of Helena Rowlands on the Nurses Memorial, Liverpool Cathedral
Place of birth: Swansea
Service: Nurse, VAD
Death: 1917/12/15, Mumbles, meningitis
Notes: Gladys (or Gwladys, both spellings occur) worked as a VAD at Danycoed Red Cross Hospital, Swansea, where she contracted the illness that became meningitis. She was 28 when she died, and was well-known in Swansea for swimming in the ladies’ water polo team.
Report of names, including Gladys’s, for Swansea Ladies’ Water Polo Team. Evening Express 12th October 1907.
Lucy Jane Saint,
Place of birth: Pontypool
Service: Waitress, QMAAC
Death: 1918-10-27, Royal Victoria Hospital Boscombe, Hampshire, Pneumonia / Niwmonia
Memorial: War Memorial gates; Grave St Michael, Pontypool, Monmouthshire
Notes: aged 23. Buried Llanfihangel Pontymoel churchyard, Pontypool.
Sources: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSob=c&GSsr=1&GScid=2532175&GRid=122596316&df=p&; http://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/11559566.Female_war_casualty_from_Pont-y-p?l/Pontypool/Pont-y-p?l/Pont-y-p?l_to_be_commemorated/
Place of birth: Pencoed
Service: Nurse, hockey player, South Wales Nursing Association
Death: 1918/11/06, Cardiff, Influenza / Ffliw
Notes: Hylda Salathiel, who was one of seven sisters, was educated at Bridgend High School, and trained at Merthyr General Hospital. For a while she was an international hockey player, playing for Bridgend Ladies and South Wales Ladies. She nursed for a while in Bournemouth, but returned to South Wales, where she caught influenza from a patient she was nursing and died four days later. The patient recovered and sent flowers to Hylda’s funeral.
Report of an international hockey match between South Wales and Monmouthshire Ladies and Munster Ladies. Glamorgan Gazette 12th February 1909.
Report of the death and funeral of Hylda Salathiel, Glamorgan Gazette 15th November 1918.rn. rn
Place of birth: Pontardulais
Service: Nurse, 1916 - 1919
Death: February 1919 , Kemptown hospital, Brighton, Bronchitis following influenza / Broncitis yn dilyn ffliw
Notes: Ezzelina was one of eight children of Thomas Samuel, superintendent of the Clayton Tin Plate Works, Pontardulais. She was sitting her final exams after three year’s training as a nurse in Brighton when she fell ill and died, aged 24.
Newspaper article and phoograph
Short article noting Ezzelina’s death, with a photograph. Herald of Wales 1st March 1919rnrn
Report of the death of Ezzelina Samuel in Brighton. Carmarthen Journal 7th March 1919rnrn
Gwladys Alice Samuel
Place of birth: Aberystwyth
Service: Worker, WAAC, February 1918 -
Notes: Gwladys, an enthusiastic Girl Guide, was posted to Kinmel Camp, North Wales in February 1918. Her father and two brothers were serving in the army.
Newspaper report and photograph
Brief report of Gwladys Samuel’s joining the WAAC, with photograph. Cambrian News 22nd February 1918.
Report of Gwladys’s departure from Aberystwyth Station. Cambrian News 15th February 1918.