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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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Carine Evelyn Nest Pryse-Rice

Place of birth: London

Service: Nurse, VAD, 1914 – 1919

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

Memorial: St Dingats 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


Dorothea Margaret Seagrave Pryse-Rice (Evans)

Place of birth: London, 1894

Service: Nurse, VAD, 1914 – 1919?

Death: 1921/12/5, Cricket St Thomas, Devon, Influenza / 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


Margaret Ker Pryse-Rice (Stewart)

Place of birth: Cardiganshire

Service: Red Cross president, Brisitsh Red Cross Society

Death: 1948, Cause not known

Notes: Margaret Pryse-Rice was the mother of Dorothea and Nest. She was President of the Carmarthenshire Branch of the British Red Cross Society and was made a Dame of the British Empire in the New Year Honours of 1918. She died in 1948, aged 72.

Reference: WaW0205

Margaret Pryse-Rice, c.1890

Margaret Pryse-Rice

Margaret Pryse-Rice, c.1890

London Gazette 7th January 1918, showing the name of Margaret Pryse-Rice

London Gazette 7th January 1918

London Gazette 7th January 1918, showing the name of Margaret Pryse-Rice


Report of Margaret Pryse-Rice’s honour in the Carmarthen Journal. The Cambrian News reported it too, but only mentioned her husband’s achievements!

Newspaper report

Report of Margaret Pryse-Rice’s honour in the Carmarthen Journal. The Cambrian News reported it too, but only mentioned her husband’s achievements!


Dorothea Adelaide Lawry Pughe Jones

Place of birth: Surrey

Service: Suffragist, Commandant, Ethnographer, Educationalist, Public servant, Church Warden, Heiress., VAD, 1914 - 1920

Death: 1955, Cause not known

Notes: Dorothea Pughe Jones, born 1875, inherited Ynysgain, Cricieth from her father in 1897. Following his death she attended Oxford University where she studied history followed by a diploma in ethnography. She was awarded a prize at the 1901 National Eisteddfod for a Welsh history textbook. In 1902 she was part of a British Government team inspecting education in the concentration camps for Boers in South Africa. In 1910 she was one of the founders of the Bangor and District Women’s Suffrage Society. She joined the VAD in 1914, initially as Quartermaster of Caernarfon, but volunteered for service in France in 1915. She was Commandant of the Hotel des Anglaises, the hostel for the relatives of wounded officers in Le Touquet, France, for which she was awarded the MBE. Whilst in France she was appointed Churchwarden in Cricieth despite objections that she was ‘a lady’. In November 1918 she was posted to Salonika as Principal Commandant of the VAD, until May 1920. After her return she was sent by the Government to research openings for women in Australia.

Sources: GB 0210 YNYSGAIN - Pughe-Jones of Ynysgain Collection of Deeds and Papers National Library of Wales Women members and witnesses on British Government ad hoc Committees of Inquiry Elaine Harrison, London School of Economics, Doctor of Philosophy, 1998.

Reference: WaW0320

Dorothea Pughe Jones in VAD Commandant’s uniform.

Dorothea Pughe Jones

Dorothea Pughe Jones in VAD Commandant’s uniform.

Red Cross card for Dorothea Pughe Jones. She had three cards in all.

Red Cross record card

Red Cross card for Dorothea Pughe Jones. She had three cards in all.


Reverse of card listing Dorothea’s VAD career.

Red Cross record card (reverse)

Reverse of card listing Dorothea’s VAD career.

Report of Dorothea Pughe Jones’s Eisteddfod prize. Cambrian News 23rd August 1901.

Newspaper report

Report of Dorothea Pughe Jones’s Eisteddfod prize. Cambrian News 23rd August 1901.


Report of Dorothea Pughe Jones’s return from South Africa. Cambrian News 8th May 1903.

Newspaper report

Report of Dorothea Pughe Jones’s return from South Africa. Cambrian News 8th May 1903.

Report of meeting of AGM of Bangor and District Women’s Suffrage Society.  North Wales Express  2nd December 1910.

Newspaper report

Report of meeting of AGM of Bangor and District Women’s Suffrage Society. North Wales Express 2nd December 1910.


Postcard of Hotel des Anglaises, the VAD hostel in Le Touquet run by Dorothea Pughe Jones.

Postcard

Postcard of Hotel des Anglaises, the VAD hostel in Le Touquet run by Dorothea Pughe Jones.

Report of Dorothea’s appointment as churchwarden.  North Wales Chronicle 20th April 1917.

Newspaper report

Report of Dorothea’s appointment as churchwarden. North Wales Chronicle 20th April 1917.


Australian newspaper report of Dorothea Pughe Jones’s role in the enquiry into openings in Australia for women from the UK. The Advertiser 10th January 1920 Adelaide S Australia.

Newspaper report

Australian newspaper report of Dorothea Pughe Jones’s role in the enquiry into openings in Australia for women from the UK. The Advertiser 10th January 1920 Adelaide S Australia.


Doris Quane

Service: Worker, QMAAC

Memorial: War Grave, Boddelwyddan, Denbighshire

Notes: aged 28; buried St Michel's Ammanford

Sources: http://www.flintshirewarmemorials.com/memorials/bodelwyddan-memorial/canadians-2/quane-doris/

Reference: WaW0047

War Grave of Doris Quane, QMAAC, surrounded by the graves of Canadian soldiers

War grave of Doris Quane

War Grave of Doris Quane, QMAAC, surrounded by the graves of Canadian soldiers


Hannah Rees

Service: Nurse, VAD

Memorial: Capel y Garn Memorial Roll, Rhydypennau, Cardiganshire

Notes: seems to have served and survived

Reference: WaW0048

Name of Hannah Rees, VAD, Bronceiro, who served in the War. Capel y Garn

Capel y Garn

Name of Hannah Rees, VAD, Bronceiro, who served in the War. Capel y Garn


Helen Olive Rees

Place of birth: Cardiff

Service: Nurse, VAD, 1917 - 1919

Notes: Olive seems to have joined the VAD in December 1917. She spent most of her service in naval hospitals, in Chelsea and Chatham. Her name appears in the printed Roll of Honour of Charles Street Congregational Church, Cardiff.rnrn

Reference: WaW0329

Name of Olive Rees on the Roll of Honour of Charles Street Congregational Church, Cardiff.

Roll of Honour

Name of Olive Rees on the Roll of Honour of Charles Street Congregational Church, Cardiff.

Red cross card for Olive Rees VAD.

Red Cross record card

Red cross card for Olive Rees VAD.


Reverse of second Red Cross card for Olive Rees, showing service at RNH Chatham.

Red Cross record card

Reverse of second Red Cross card for Olive Rees, showing service at RNH Chatham.


Mary Hannah (Mrs) Rees

Place of birth: Aberdare?

Service: Nurse, VAD, October 1915 – November 1918

Notes: Mrs Rees seems to have been a trained nurse. After a month at the Aberdare and Merthyr Red Cross Hospital she nursed ‘on the district’.

Reference: WaW0151

Red Cross Card in the name of Mary Hannah Rees

Red Cross Card

Red Cross Card in the name of Mary Hannah Rees


Rebecca Rees

Service: Nurse, VAD

Memorial: Capel y Garn Memorial Roll, Rhydypennau, Cardiganshire

Notes: seems to have served and survived

Reference: WaW0049

Name of Rebecca Rees, VAD, Bronceiro,  who served in the War. Capel y Garn

Capel y Garn

Name of Rebecca Rees, VAD, Bronceiro, who served in the War. Capel y Garn

Red Cross record card for Rebecca Rees

Red Cross card

Red Cross record card for Rebecca Rees


Red Cross record card for Rebecca Rees

Red Cross card (reverse)

Red Cross record card for Rebecca Rees


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)



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