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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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Alice Williams

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).

Sources: https://archifaumorgannwg.wordpress.com/

Reference: WaW0110

Alice Williams was a member of the French Red Cross working at field hospitals in France 1915 – 1918.

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.

Sources: http://yba.llgc.org.uk/en/s10-WILL-ALE-1863.html\r\nwww.thewi.org.uk/about-the-wi/history-of-the-wi/the-origins/alice-williams\r\nhttp://femalewarpoets.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/todays-poet-is-welsh.

Reference: WaW0295

Alice Williams about 1930

Alice Williams

Alice Williams about 1930

Announcement of award of Médaille de la Reconnaissance Française to Alice Williams. Journal Officiel de la Republique Française 22nd October 1920rnrn

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


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

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

Bookplate of the Forum Club, London, founded by Alice Williams and Fanny Lanbury.

Bookplate

Bookplate of the Forum Club, London, founded by Alice Williams and Fanny Lanbury.


Catherine Williams

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.

Sources: http://historypoints.org/index.php?page=colwyn-bay-memorial-fww-surnames-s-y

Reference: WaW0064

Name of Catherine Williams on Colwyn Bay War Memorial

War Memorial Colwyn Bay

Name of Catherine Williams on Colwyn Bay War Memorial


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.

Sources: http://www.wwwmp.co.uk/ceredigion-war-memorials/

Reference: WaW0066

Name of Ellen Williams on St Mary's Church memorial, Cardigan

Nurse Williams

Name of Ellen Williams on St Mary's Church memorial, Cardigan


Elsie Williams

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.

Reference: WaW0223


Elsie Williams

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.

Reference: WaW0146

List of members of the WFC who died in service.

Nominal Roll

List of members of the WFC who died in service.


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

Reference: WaW0065

Newspaper report of the death of Gwenllian (Gwendoline) Williams

Newspaper report

Newspaper report of the death of Gwenllian (Gwendoline) Williams


Jennie Williams

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.

Sources: http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/4021189/WILLIAMS,%20JENNIEhttp://www.roll-of-honour.com/Caernarvonshire/Llanberis.html

Reference: WaW0175

Jennie Williams VAD in uniform

Jennie Williams VAD

Jennie Williams VAD in uniform

Red Cross record for Jennie Williams VAD

Red Cross record

Red Cross record for Jennie Williams VAD


Red Cross record for Jennie Williams VAD

Red Cross record (reverse)

Red Cross record for Jennie Williams VAD

Letter to the Women’s Work Subcommittee, Imperials War Museum, regarding a photograph of Jennie Williams.

Letter

Letter to the Women’s Work Subcommittee, Imperials War Museum, regarding a photograph of Jennie Williams.


Graves Registration Report Form including details of Jennie Williams. Ste Marie Cemetery, Le Havre

Grave Registration form

Graves Registration Report Form including details of Jennie Williams. Ste Marie Cemetery, Le Havre

Name of Miss Jennie Williams in the Welsh Book of Remembrance

Welsh Book of Remembrance

Name of Miss Jennie Williams in the Welsh Book of Remembrance


Newspaper report of the death of Jennie Williams, Y Dinesydd Cymreig, Chwef 12 1919

Newspaper Report

Newspaper report of the death of Jennie Williams, Y Dinesydd Cymreig, Chwef 12 1919


Margaret Williams

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.

Sources: https://sites.google.com/site/holyheadwarmemorial19141918/home/ss-connemara/margaret-williams-stewardess

Reference: WaW0067

Margaret Williams, a stewardess on S S Connemara, drowned in a collision at sea.

Margaret Williams

Margaret Williams, a stewardess on S S Connemara, drowned in a collision at sea.


Maud Williams

Place of birth: Llanharry ?

Service: Nurse

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

Reference: WaW0171

Nurse Maud Williams named on Penuel Chapel Roll of Honour, Llanharry, Glamorganshire

Roll of Honour

Nurse Maud Williams named on Penuel Chapel Roll of Honour, Llanharry, Glamorganshire



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