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Beatrice Olivette (Olive) White
Place of birth: Newport
Service: Signaller telegraphist, WAAC, November 1917 - August 1918 /
Death: 1918-11-29, Newport, Pneumonia following influenza / Niwmonia yn dilyn y ffliw
Memorial: St Julians Methodist Church, Newport, Monmouthshire
Notes: Olive, born 1886, joined the Post Office in Newport as a learner in 1903. She later worked in Totnes and Pontypool. In November 1917 she joined the WAAC as a signaller-telegraphist, and was sent to Abbeville in northern France, later transferring to Calais. Whilst home on leave in May 1918 she became ill, and was medically discharged from the WAAC in August. Though she returned to civilian work, she died of the complications of Spanish Flu. Her name appears on the memorial plaque in St Julian’s Methodist Church, Newport, and she is buried in Christchurch cemetery.
Sources: Sylvia Mason: Every Woman Remembered, Daughters of Newport in the Great War. Saron publishers 2018
Place of birth: Ely, Cardiff
Service: Forewoman Waitress, WRAF, 1917 - 1919?
Notes: Annie Whyte was associated with Roath Road Wesleyan Methodist Church, Cardiff. She initially joined the WAAC but transferred to the WRAF on its formation in spring 1918. She worked primarily at the Royal Flying Corps Armament School at Uxbridge. Image and information courtesy of Glamorgan Archives (DWESA6).
Aldwyth Katrin Williams
Place of birth: Llanbedr-y-Cennin
Service: Nurse, VAD, 1914 - 1918
Death: 1918/11/08, Llanbedr-y-Cennin, Influenza / Ffliw
Memorial: St Tudnos Churchyard, Llandudno, Caernarfonshire
Notes: Aldwyth was the only daughter of the Rector of Llanbedr-y-Cennin. She joined the VAD early in the war, and worked for three days a week in the Red Cross hospitals in Llandudno, cooking and cleaning as well as nursing. She was 26 when she died.
Grave of Aldwyth Williams
Grave of Aldwyth Katrin Williams, St Tudno’s Church, Great Orme, Llandudno. Photo courtesy of Laurence Manton
Report of the funeral of Aldwyth Katrin Williams, Y Clorianydd, 27th November 1918, Identical reports were published in Y Cymro and Y Dydd.rn
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 Bards, 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 1920
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.
Elsie E Williams
Service: Munitions worker, Not known / anhysbys
Notes: Elsie Williams claimed that she was sexually assaulted on a train by a foreman at the same munitions factory, and became pregnant. The Court at Swansea agreed that he was the father of her child.
Report proving paternity of Elsie Williams’s baby. Herald of Wales 22nd December 1917.