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Place of birth: Cardiff
Service: Nurse, French Red Cross / Y Groes Goch Ffrengig, 1915 - 1918
Notes: Alice Williams was a member of the French Red Cross and had a 'lifelong connection' with Roath Road Wesleyan Methodist Church, Cardiff. The Roath Road Roamer reported in June 1917 ‘Miss Williams has been in the thick of things – as a nurse for two years, and this is the first time she has left France. Much of her time she has spent within three miles of the German trenches so she knows something about things and has an interesting story to tell'. She is dressed here in the uniform of the French Red Cross. Image and information courtesy of Glamorgan Archives (DWESA6).
Alice Williams in French Red Cross uniform
Alice Williams was a member of the French Red Cross working at field hospitals in France 1915 – 1918.
Alice Helena Alexandra Williams (Alys Meirion)
Place of birth: Castell Deudraeth, Penrhyndeudraeth, Meirioneth
Service: Poet, dramatist, painter, suffragist, organiser, bard, editor.
Death: August / Awst 1957, London, Cause not known
Notes: Alice Williams, born in 1863, was the youngest of 12 children of David Williams, MP for Merioneth. Having to live at home as her mother’s companion she occupied herself in eisteddfodau, amateur dramatics and women’s suffrage. After her mother’s death, when Alice was forty, she divided much of her time between London and Paris, where she met her lifelong companion Fanny Laming. At the outbreak of the war they both worked for the International Red Cross in Geneva, but in 1915 she set up a bureau in Paris (and later London) to seek and disseminate news of persons missing as a result of the war. Later that year she became organising secretary for Wales of the French Wounded Emergency Fund. She was awarded the Médaille de la Reconnaissance Française in 1920. In 1916 she was founder/President of the fourth branch of the Women’s Institute in Wales (at Deudraeth), providing it with the hall which is still in use. She also was the founder editor of Home and Country, the WI magazine. At the 1917 Eisteddfod she was admitted (as a dramatic writer) to the Gorsedd of Bard, taking the bardic name Alys Meirion. Immediately after the war, in 1919, she and Fanny founded the residential Forum Club in London, a popular social space for women only, including Viscountess Rhondda.
Award of Médaille de la Reconnaissance Française
Announcement of award of Médaille de la Reconnaissance Française to Alice Williams. Journal Officiel de la Republique Française 22nd October 1920rnrn
Home and Country magazine
First edition of the WI magazine Home and Country, which was edited by Alice Williams. She is second from the right in the photograph. She also served as the WI Treasurer
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.
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.
Place of birth: Abetillery ?
Service: Baling Hand, Women\\\'s Forage Corps
Notes: Elsie’s name appears on a list of names of women who died working in the Women’s Forage Corps. Her next of kin is given as Mrs Williams, 7 Cyrils Place, Abertillery. Nothing further is known of her.
Place of birth: Abertillery ?
Service: Baling Hand, Womens Forage Corps (WFC)
Notes: Elsie’s name appears on a list of names of women who died working in the Women’s Forage Corps. Her next of kin is given as Mrs Williams, 7 Cyril Place, Abertillery. Nothing further is known of her.
Gwenllian (Gwendoline) Williams
Place of birth: Kidwelly
Service: Munitions worker
Death: 1919-01-08, Explosion/Ffrwydrad
Notes: aged 21. Evidence showed that the explosion occurred when Gwenllian Williams was drilling out a screw from a shell. Eleanor Thomas was carrying in a shell at the time of the explosion.'
Sources: http://newspapers.library.wales/search?query=gwenllian&page=14; The Carmarthen Journal and South Wales Weekly Advertiser
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
Place of birth: Holyhead
Service: Stewardess, 1914 - d
Death: 1916-11-03, SS Connemara, Drowning / Boddi
Memorial: War memorial, Holyhead, Anglesey
Notes: aged 32. SS Connemara sank in a collision with the coal carrier Retriever. MW is said to have been on her last shift before her marriage. Her body was never recovered.
Place of birth: Llanharry ?
Memorial: Penuel Chapel , Llanharry, Glamorgan
Notes: Nothing is known of Nurse Maud Williams , whose name appears on the Roll of Honour in Penuel Chapel, Llanharry