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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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Miss Williams (Mrs Fisher)

Place of birth: Abertillery

Notes: Miss Williams, also referred to in press reports as Mrs Fisher, sat at the base of the Abertillery War Memorial during its dedication on 1st December 1926. She was wearing the medals of her three soldier brothers who had been killed in France.

Sources: Angela Gaffney Aftermath: remembering the Great War in Wales University of Wales Press 1998; http://www.britishpathe.com/video/lord-allenby-unveils-abertillery-war-memorial/query/monuments

Reference: WaW0210

Miss Williams at the dedication of Abertillery War Memorial, 1st December 1926.

Abertillery War Memorial

Miss Williams at the dedication of Abertillery War Memorial, 1st December 1926.


Pollie (Mary) Williams (née Evans)

Place of birth: Holyhead

Service: Nurse, VAD, 1914/10/21 – August 1918

Notes: Pollie was one of the younger sisters of Katie (Catherine) Evans VAD [qv] who died 16th October 1914. Pollie joined the VAD the day after her sister’s funeral. In August 1918 she married Hugh Williams.

Reference: WaW0259

Red cross card for Pollie Williams née Evansrn

Red Cross record card

Red cross card for Pollie Williams née Evansrn

Letter from Pollie Evans to Agnes Conway of the Women’s Work Sub Committee about Katie’s photograph.rnrn

Letter

Letter from Pollie Evans to Agnes Conway of the Women’s Work Sub Committee about Katie’s photograph.rnrn


Rose Williams

Place of birth: Wern Farm Pengenfford, Breconshire

Service: Munitions Inspector

Notes: Rose Williams was a ‘lady inspector’ of munitions. She came first in an examination for inspectors in July 1917.

Reference: WaW0222

Report  of Rose Williams success in munitions inspection examination, Brecon & Radnor Express 12 July 1917

Newspaper report

Report of Rose Williams success in munitions inspection examination, Brecon & Radnor Express 12 July 1917


Violet Williams

Place of birth: Wrexham

Service: Child

Death: 1916/03/09, Moss, Wrexham, Explosion / Ffrwydrad

Memorial: Holy Trinity Church, Gwersyllt, Wrexham, Denbighshire

Notes: Violet, aged seven, died when a souvenir shell brought home by her uncle exploded, killing or fatally injuring her and her three cousins. Her uncle Private John Bagnall was seriously injured as well as her aunts Mary Bagnall and Sarah Roberts. 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: WaW0218

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.

Newspaper report

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


Violet Williams

Service: Police constable, formerly nurse, Ministry of Munitions Women’s Police Service

Notes: Violet Williams, together with Muriel Richards [qv], was part of a ‘sting’ operation on 28th December 1918 to expose two bogus fortune tellers in Tanerdy, Abergwili. The first woman, Eleanor Rees, told Violet that a ‘dark man’ loved her, and had written her many letters that she had not received. When asked if she had written to a man, Violet replied ‘Yes – I have written to my brother several times’. She paid 6d for the session. The second woman, whom the two police constables visited later the same morning was Mary Evans. She told Violet that a ‘dark man ... in a good position under the Government’ wanted to marry her, and that they would have twelve children including two sets of twins! Mrs Evans charged her 1/- for the session. The two fortune tellers were found guilty and each fined 5/-

Reference: WaW0446

Part of the court report of the trial of two fortune tellers; Violet Williams was one of two police witnesses. Carmarthen Journal 10th January 1919.

Newspaper report

Part of the court report of the trial of two fortune tellers; Violet Williams was one of two police witnesses. Carmarthen Journal 10th January 1919.


Lilian Winstanley

Place of birth: Manchester, suffragist

Service: Lecturer, University College Aberystwyth / Coleg Prifysgol A, 1898 - 1941

Death: 1960, Cause not known

Notes: Lilian Winstanley was an outstanding student at Owen’s College, Manchester, one of the constituent parts of Victoria University. She was a suffragist and keen cyclist as a student, graduating with a 1st class degree in 1897. In 1898 she moved to Aberystwyth with a companion, Marion Benson [d. 1900], to join the English Department of University College, Aberystwyth as an assistant lecturer. Lilian remained there until she retired as a senior lecturer in 1941. She maintained her interest in Suffrage (lecturing for example to the WSPU in Preston, Lancs, in 1908), was a member of the University Socialist Society and later the Liberal Party and wrote regularly for The Welsh Gazette and Welsh Outlook, including verse. She wrote and edited many academic books and at least one novel. She left her library to the University on her death in 1960.

Reference: WaW0454

Report of the appointment of Lilian Winstanley. Cambrian News 23rd December 1898

Newspaper report

Report of the appointment of Lilian Winstanley. Cambrian News 23rd December 1898

Lilian Winstanley’s autograph, 1901.

Autograph

Lilian Winstanley’s autograph, 1901.


Notice of the death of Marion Benson, Lilian Winstanley’s companion.

Death notice

Notice of the death of Marion Benson, Lilian Winstanley’s companion.

Report of Lilian Winstanley’s talk to the WSPU in Preston. Welsh Gazette 16th January 1908.

Newspaper report

Report of Lilian Winstanley’s talk to the WSPU in Preston. Welsh Gazette 16th January 1908.


Pages from the poem Adonais (by Shelley) annotated by Lilian Winstanley.

Annotated page

Pages from the poem Adonais (by Shelley) annotated by Lilian Winstanley.

Poem ‘Land of Dante’, reflecting on the Austrian invasion of Italy. Welsh Outlook Vol 2 no 9 September 1915.

Poem

Poem ‘Land of Dante’, reflecting on the Austrian invasion of Italy. Welsh Outlook Vol 2 no 9 September 1915.


Lilian Winstanley’s copy of Adonais, with her bequest plate.

Book and book plate

Lilian Winstanley’s copy of Adonais, with her bequest plate.


Mary Anne Eliza Young

Place of birth: Cardiff

Service: Nurse, VAD

Death: 1919-02-13, 57th General Hospital, Cause not known

Memorial: City Hall Memorial; War Grave Mazargues War Cemetery, Marseilles, Cardiff, Glamorgan

Notes: aged 35, a former teacher at Lansdowne Rd County School, Cardiff/Caerdydd. Buried at Mazargues War Cemetery, Marseilles.

Reference: WaW0068

Name of Mary Ann Eliza Young, VAD.  on the Roll of Honour, City Hall, Cardiff.

Roll of Honour, Cardiff City Hall

Name of Mary Ann Eliza Young, VAD. on the Roll of Honour, City Hall, Cardiff.

Mary Ann’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.

Mary Ann Eliza Young

Mary Ann’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 from JR Young, Mary’s father. Part of 'Deaths: Nurses Deaths to 1920' (museum's administrative records) 1919-04-08

Letter from JR Young

Letter from JR Young, Mary’s father. Part of 'Deaths: Nurses Deaths to 1920' (museum's administrative records) 1919-04-08



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