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Gwladys Alice Samuel
Place of birth: Aberystwyth
Service: Worker, WAAC, February 1918 -
Notes: Gwladys, an enthusiastic Girl Guide, was posted to Kinmel Camp, North Wales in February 1918. Her father and two brothers were serving in the army.
Newspaper report and photograph
Brief report of Gwladys Samuel’s joining the WAAC, with photograph. Cambrian News 22nd February 1918.
Report of Gwladys’s departure from Aberystwyth Station. Cambrian News 15th February 1918.
Lily Tobias (Shepherd)
Place of birth: Swansea
Service: Writer, activist, nationalist
Notes: Lily was the daughter of Russian Jewish parents who had fled Russia to avoid conscription, and settled first in Swansea and then in Ystalyfera; she was the first of their children to be born in Wales. She began writing for Lais Llafur at 14, and was heavily involved in suffrage, ILP and pacifist activities. Her brothers were conscientious objectors. She was described by the Labour politician Fenner Brockway as “an active and belligerent pacifist… showing great resourcefulness and courage in defying the authorities and assisting draft dodgers, and those in prison”. She later took up the cause of the establishment of a Jewish state, and wrote several novels.
Sources: Jasmine Donahaye The Greatest Need: The creative life and troubled times of Lily Tobias, a Welsh Jew in Palestine. Honno 2015 https://wciavoices.wordpress.com/2016/12/07/the-shepherd-family-of-ystalyfera-and-pontypridd-in-the-first-world-war