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Caroline Emily Booker (née Lindsay)
Place of birth: Glanafon, Glamorgan
Service: Vice president, VAD, 1909-1919
Notes: Mrs Booker was widowed in 1887. She became the founder of the local Glamorgan detachment of the VAD (22) in 1909. She seems to have instigated the use of Tuscar House, Southerndown, as a Red Cross Hospital in May 1915, and most of her 7 daughters played a greater or lesser role in the running of the hospital. [qv Etta,Ellen, Mabel, Ethel and Dulcie Booker]. Mrs Booker provided a car and the petrol to ferry patients to and from the station in Bridgend 5 miles away.
Record of Caroline Booker
Mrs Booker’s entry in The County Families of the United Kingdom, Edward Walford (this edition c 1920)
Tuscar House Red Cross Hospital, Southerndown. The house was used as a hospital in WW2 as well.
Place of birth: Llanbleblig, 1872
Service: Volunteer, Red Cross/Y Groes Goch
Death: 1915-07-11, Serbia, Typhus/Pneumonia Teiffws/ Niwmonia
Notes: Mabel Dearmer, born 1872, was a successful writer, dramatist and illustrator of adult and children’s books. She and her husband the Rev Percy Dearmer were both pacifists and supporters of the Church League for Women’s Suffrage. When her husband accepted a post as chaplain to the British Red Cross in Serbia, she volunteered to go too, and died in July 1915. Her letters home were published posthumously as ‘Letters from a Field Hospital’.
Mabel Dearmer's grave, left.
Grave, on the left, of Mabel Dearmer, Kragujevac Central Cemetery, Serbia
Mabel’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
Stobart Hospital Staff List
List of the staff of the Stobart Hospital, Kragujevac, Serbia. ‘Dearmer, Mrs Percy’ is listed under ‘Women Orderlies’ and her husband The Rev Dr P Dearmer is the Hon Chaplain. Emily Hill [qv] is listed under ‘Nursing Sisters.
Maud Starkie Bence
Place of birth: Suffolk
Service: Volunteer, 1914 - 1916
Death: 1916-06-01, Folkestone, Cause not known
Memorial: Memorial brass, St Brynach, Aberhonddu
Notes: Maud Starkie Bence was a former professional golfer, and friend of Lord Glanusk, Lord Lieutenant of Breconshire. At the outbreak of war she undertook registering all motor vehicles in the county for emergency use. Her first appeal was published 13th August 1914. By 20th August she had details of 552 vehicles, with 150 already offered. She went on to raise money for ‘comforts’ for the South Wales Borderers. When she died aged 48 in 1916 a plaque was erected in her memory by the South Wales Borderers.
Sources: The Brecon County Times Neath Gazette and General Advertiser for the Counties of Brecon Carmarthen Radnor Monmouth Glamorgan Cardigan Montgomery Hereford 10th September 1914; The Brecon County Times Neath Gazette and General Advertiser for the Counties of Brecon Carmarthen Radnor Monmouth Glamorgan Cardigan Montgomery Hereford 6th July 1916
St Brynach's Church, Llanfrynach
Plaque commemorating Maud Starkie Bence, St Brynach's Church, Llanfrynach
Janet Price Williams
Notes: Mrs Janet Price Williams, of 87 Kimberley Rd, Cardiff, was awarded the MBE in January 1918. She seems to have been an indefatigable worker acting as Secretary or Treasurer to a number of bodies including the Cardiff Women’s Advisory Committee which she set up in 1914, and the London-based Soldiers’ Comforts Department.
Place of birth: Brecon
Service: Volunteer, Womens Volunteer Reserve Corps, 1915 - ?
Death: 1956, Montreal, Canada, Cause not known
Notes: Cissie was a chauffeuse before the war. She had two brothers serving in the army, and joined the Women’s Volunteer Reserve Corps in Folkestone in August 1915. In 1920 she emigrated to Montreal Canada, where she later married George Elsdon Mears and had three daughters. Thanks to Ian Sumpter.
Cissie Cripps of Brecon, looking ‘very smart’ in uniform. Brecon County Times 12th August 1915.
Place of birth: Ammanford
Service: Volunteer, ambulance driver, Womens Legion
Notes: Dilys was one of the members of the Women’s Legion of Motor Drivers to be inspected by the Queen at Buckingham Palace in March 1918. She had been involved in voluntary work throughout the war, including being an enumerator in the National Registration ‘of all persons between the ages of 15 and 65’ in August 1915.
Report of Womens Legion reception at Buckingham Palace.Cambria Daily Leader 21st March 1918
Article naming Dilys Herbert as a volunteer enumerator. Herald of Wales and Monmouthshire Recorder 7th August 1915rn
Olwen Elizabeth Lloyd George (Carey Evans)
Place of birth: Criccieth
Service: Volunteer, assistant cook, 1914 - 1916
Death: 1990, Cause not known
Notes: Olwen, second daughter of David Lloyd George, began volunteering in the Red Cross hospital near Criccieth in 1914 when she was 22. She then moved to London (where Lloyd George was Chancellor of the Exchequer, living at 11 Downing Street), and assisted her mother with the Welsh Troops Comfort Fund. In May 1915 she volunteered as an orderly at Rest Stations in Boulogne and later Hesdigneul. She later wrote ‘I was what they called a cooklet and I also used to scrub the platform. I used to say to my friends: “If you see a patch which is cleaner than all the rest, that’s my bit.” I worked so hard on it that I really believe you could have eaten off the floor!’ After her return to London and her marriage to Captain Tom Carey Evans, as her Red Cross Card says, she was not able to work! There is a short Pathé news film of her wedding at the Welsh Baptist Chapel in Westminster, with crowds of onlookers.
Red Cross record card
Red Cross card for Olwen Lloyd George. The dates of her service have been altered in pencil.
Red Cross record card [reverse]
Reverse of Olwen Lloyd George’s record card giving details of her service.
Report of Olwen Lloyd George’s marriage to Capt Tom Carey Edwards. Herald of Wales 23rd June 1917.
Lucy Jane Saint,
Place of birth: Pontypool
Service: Waitress, QMAAC
Death: 1918-10-27, Royal Victoria Hospital Boscombe, Hampshire, Pneumonia / Niwmonia
Memorial: War Memorial gates; Grave St Michael, Pontypool, Monmouthshire
Notes: aged 23. Buried Llanfihangel Pontymoel churchyard, Pontypool.
Sources: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSob=c&GSsr=1&GScid=2532175&GRid=122596316&df=p&; http://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/11559566.Female_war_casualty_from_Pont-y-p?l/Pontypool/Pont-y-p?l/Pont-y-p?l_to_be_commemorated/
Place of birth: Cardiff
Service: Waitress, QMAAC, 1918 -
Notes: Edith Townsend and her sister Gladys were associated with Roath Road Wesleyan Methodist Church, Cardiff. They described their early experiences in the Roath Roamer (Vol.44, p.6). After training they spent time near Woolwich (and experienced three air raids), before being sent north to Newcastle - 'very much like Cardiff'. Image and information courtesy of Glamorgan Archives (DWESA6).
Place of birth: Cardiff
Service: Waitress, QMAAC, 1918 -
Notes: Gladys Townsend and her sister Edith were associated with Roath Road Wesleyan Methodist Church, Cardiff. They described their early experiences in the Roath Roamer (Vol.44, p.6). After training they spent time near Woolwich (and experienced three air raids), before being sent north to Newcastle - 'very much like Cardiff'. Image and information courtesy of Glamorgan Archives (DWESA6).