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Place of birth: Trawsfynydd, 1890?
Service: Agricultural student
Notes: Mary Evans was the sister of the poet Hedd Wyn, Ellis Humphrey Evans. She was studying at Madryn Agricultural College, near Pwllheli. This letter, written in Autumn 1917, asks for money, talks about her life, and expresses hiraeth for her late brother.
Constance Fane Roberts
Place of birth: Llandre
Service: Army Remount Service: Gwasanaeth Ail-farchogaeth y Fyddin
Death: 1917-10-09, Motor accident/Damwain car
Memorial: Grave, Llandre, Cardiganshire
Notes: aged 22, died together with her fiance Captain Brereton Ockleston Rigby
Margaret Lindsay Williams
Place of birth: Cardiff
Notes: Trained in Cardiff and London, Margaret Lindsay Williams lobbied to become an official war artist attached to the Welsh Division in France. This was not allowed, and she was also unsuccessful in an application to work for the Department of Industry. However she devoted her time to fund—raising for the Welsh Hospital at Netley with several exhibitions. She also had several commissions for very large works. These included Cardiff Royal Infirmary during the Great War painted in 1916, and an enormous (20 x 16 foot) painting of the Welsh National Service held in Westminster Abbey in June 1918 in support of the Welsh Prisoners of War Fund.
Sources: Margaret Lindsay Williams, 1888 – 1960: Wedded to her Art. Angela Gaffney. University of Wales 1999. https://artuk.org/discover/artists/williams-margaret-lindsay-18881960
Cardiff Royal Infirmary during the Great War, 1916
The woman on the left is Elizabeth Montgomery Wilson [qv], Territorial Force Nursing Service, Principal Matron, 3rd Western Hospital. The other woman is Sister Mary Jones [qv] also Territorial Force Nursing Service.
Mary Olwen Evans
Place of birth: Llangadog, April 1896
Service: Assistant (Cook) : , QMAAC
Death: 1919-03-23, Influenza?/Y Ffliw?
Notes: aged 20, buried Ebbw Vale
Mary Ann Evans
Place of birth: Ebbw Vale
Service: Assistant cook, QMAAC
Death: 1919/03/23, Percy House Auxiliary Military Hospital, Isleworth, Middlesex, Influenza ? / Fliw ?
Notes: According to the 1911 census, Mary Ann probably came from a Welsh speaking family. Her father was a colliery foreman. She was working in Middlesex when she died, probably of influenza. Her name has recently been recorded on a commemorative headstone at Risca cemetery.
Place of birth: Talywain
Service: Assistant Cook, WAAC/QMAAC, 1917/09 - 1919/10
Notes: Gwladys joined the WAAC in September 1917 when she was working as a housemaid in Pontypool Hospital. Her WAAC papers survive in the National Archives, including a letter to Lady Mackworth (Margaret Haig Thomas) in August 1917, enquiring about the possibility of joining a women’s army corps. She served as an assistant cook, first at Bisley near London, then at Catterick Camp in Yorkshire. Gwladys was discharged from the WAAC on compassionate grounds in October 1919.
Sources: National Archives WO-398-193-26
Editha Elma (Bailey), Lady Glanusk (Sergison)
Place of birth: Haywards Heath, Sussex
Service: ‘Active war worker’, Red Cross
Notes: Lady Glanusk was born in 1871 and married the 2nd Baron Glanusk in 1890. From the outbreak of war she became very involved in wartime activities, and was an indefatigable writer to the newspapers, calling for young women to encourage their men to join up, and demanding the internment of enemy aliens. She was the President of the Red Cross in Breconshire, (for which she was awarded a CBE in 1920), and was heavily involved in the Penoyre Red Cross Hospital in Brecon. Two of her three sons were killed in the war, one a 17-year-old midshipman.
Letter to ‘The Women of Breconshire’ published in the Brecon County Times 5th November 1914.
Letter ‘The Alien Enemy Danger’ published in the Brecon County Times 25th March 1915
Red Cross record card (reverse)
Red Cross record card detailing the service of Lady Glanusk (reverse)
Citation for award of CBE to Lady Glanusk, London Gazette (Supplement) 30th March 1920
Place of birth: Bodhyfryd, Holyhead
Memorial: Armenia Chapel, Holyhead, Anglesey
Notes: Nothing is known of Ethel Davies, whose name appears on the Roll of Honour in Armenia Chapel, Holyhead
Roll of Honour
Record of the war service of Ethel Davies, Bodhyfryd, member, on the Roll of Honour of Armenia Chapel Holyhead
Place of birth: Newport ?
Service: ‘Shaving lady’, VAD ?
Notes: Marjorie Wagstaff was a volunteer from Newport who would go in to the Newport Section of the 3rd Western General Military Hospital twice a week to shave the patients. By the end of the war she had performed over 2,000 shaves. Her picture featured in the Daily Mirror as well as the South Wales Argus.
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.