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Place of birth: South Wales
Notes: This young woman moulding silica clay bricks was photographed for the Employment of Women collection at the newly established Imperial War Museum, c 1917.
Not known / Anhysbys
Place of birth: South Wales
Notes: This woman moulding silica bricks was photographed for the Employment of Women collection at the newly established Imperial War Museum, c.1917.
Edith Haines (Spridgeon)
Service: Bus Conductress
Notes: Edith Haines was one of the first women bus conductresses in Swansea
Edith Haines (right), with Maggie (unknown, left), and Nellie Spridgeon centre
Edith Haines (née Spridgeon, right), with Maggie (unknown, left), and Nellie Spridgeon centre
Beatrice Eveline Jones (Eveline)
Place of birth: Llanbedr, Crickhowell ?
Notes: Beatrice and her sister Auriol were professional musicians. She played at many concerts to raise funds for the Red Cross, as well as appearing professionally. She was a soloist at a Promenade Concert in the Queens Hall, London, in 1915. Her professional career developed further after the War. Her performance was admired by the poet and critic Ezra Pound in 1920, and she played in the first classical music broadcast on the BBC in June 1922, together with a pianist and a singer. Her professional name was Beatrice Eveline.
Elsie Agnes Courtis
Place of birth: Llandaff, 1894
Service: Chauffeuse, FANY, 1914 - 1918
Notes: Elsie originally signed up for ‘kitchen or nursing duties’, but later became an ambulance driver. She was awarded the Military Medal in 1917 ‘for bravery in rescuing wounded under fire in France’.
Women awarded the Military Medal
Photograph of women, including Elsie Courtis, who were awarded the Military Medal, 1918.
London Gazette, 26th June 1918
Elsie Courtis’s award of the Military Medal recorded in the London Gazette, 26th June 1918
Place of birth: Penbryn
Service: Chief Lady Welfare Superintendent , NEF Pembrey
Notes: Etheldreda, the daughter of the Welsh poet Lewis Morris, was awarded the MBE for her work at Pembrey, in a letter signed by Winston Churchill, who was Minister for Munitions 1917 – 1919.
Service: Chief Lady Welfare Superintendent, NEF Pembrey
Notes: Chief Lady Welfare Superintendent, NEF Pembrey (munitions). Awarded the MBE in January 1919.
Caroline Jackson Davies
Place of birth: Llandovery
Service: Chief section leader Cook: , WRNS, 22/05/1918
Death: 1918-10-26, Carmarthen, illness/salwch
Notes: aged 22. Buried at Llandingat
Place of birth: Swansea
Notes: Possibly a birthday photograph of Mair aged 7 or 8. She was born on 18th April 1908, and is wearing a brand new ‘nurse’s uniform’.
Place of birth: Wrexham
Death: 1916/03.09, Moss, Wrexham, Explosion / Ffrwydrad
Memorial: Holy Trinity Church, Gwersyllt, Wrexham, Denbighshire
Notes: Ethel, aged one, died when a souvenir shell brought home by her uncle exploded, killing her and fatally injuring her sister and two cousins. Her uncle Private John Bagnall was seriously injured as well as her mother Sarah Roberts and her aunt Mary Bagnall. The children were buried in two graves in Holy Trinity Churchyard, Gwersyllt, where a memorial to the four girls was dedicated in March 2016.
Report of the shell explosion that killed four girls and injured three adults, North Wales Chronicle 10th March 1916
Memorial to Sarah Bagnall, Ethel Roberts, Mary Roberts and Violet Williams at Holy Trinity Churchyard, Gwersyllt, dedicated March 2016.