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The Experiences of Women in World War One

A collection of information, experiences and photographs recorded by Women's Archive of Wales in 2014-18

A collection of information, experiences and photographs recorded by Women's Archive of Wales in 2014-18

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Elizabeth Davies

Place of birth: Burry Port

Service: Munitions Worker

Death: 1920:05:09, Llanelly Hospital, Accident: ruptured liver/Damwain, afu wedi ei rwygo

Notes: A young woman, Elizabeth Davies, of Sandfield House, Burry Port, died at Llanelly General Hospital on Sunday, from injuries sustained at the Pembrey National Filling Factory. The deceased was dismounting from a works train while in motion at its arrival at the Factory on Friday, when she slipped between the footboard and the platform. She was dragged some distance and sustained severe internal injuries. Llanelly and County Guardian 13th May 1920 Aged 17. 'A young woman, Elizabeth Davies, of Sandfield House, Burry Port, died at Llanelly General Hospital on Sunday, from injuries sustained at the Pembrey National Filling Factory. The deceased was dismounting from a works train while in motion at its arrival at the Factory on Friday, when she slipped between the footboard and the platform. She was dragged some distance and sustained severe internal injuries.' Llanelly and County Guardian 13th May 1920 A young woman, Elizabeth Davies, of Sandfield House, Burry Port, died at Llanelly General Hospital on Sunday, from injuries sustained at the Pembrey National Filling Factory. The deceased was dismounting from a works train while in motion at its arrival at the Factory on Friday, when she slipped between the footboard and the platform. She was dragged some distance and sustained severe internal injuries. Llanelly and County Guardian 13th May 1920

Reference: WaW0089

Coloured photograph of Elizabeth Davies

Elizabeth Davies.

Coloured photograph of Elizabeth Davies

Death certificate for Elizabeth Davies

Elizabeth Davies Death Certificate

Death certificate for Elizabeth Davies


Newspaper report of Elizabeth Davies's death

Report of Elizabeth Davies's accident

Newspaper report of Elizabeth Davies's death


Esther Devonald

Place of birth: Swansea

Service: Munitions Worker

Death: TNT poisoning/Gwenwyno gan TNT

Sources: http://1914-1918.invisionzone.com/forums

Reference: WaW0009

Newspaper report of Inquest into death of munitions worker Esther Devonald

Newspaper report of Inquest

Newspaper report of Inquest into death of munitions worker Esther Devonald


Lilian Dove

Place of birth: Cardiff

Service: Nurse

Notes: Lilian Dove was the daughter of the former minister of Roath Road Wesleyan Methodist Church, Cardiff. She survived the sinking of SS Osmanieh, in which Margaret Dorothy Roberts died, on 31st December 1917. The Roath Road Roamer reported that she was 'rescued and is apparently none the worse for her unsought adventure and the exposure, shock and explosion, except that she unfortunately lost all her belongings’. She nursed in Alexandria until the end of the War. information courtesy of Glamorgan Archives (DWESA6).

Sources: https://archifaumorgannwg.wordpress.com/

Reference: WaW0113


Hilda Jessie Downing

Place of birth: Newtown

Service: Nurse, 1914 - 1918

Death: 1918-10-10, Newtown, Influenza / Y Ffliw

Memorial: War memorial, Newtown, Montgomeryshire

Notes: aged 29. Worked in military hospital Broadstairs, Kent.

Reference: WaW0010

Name of Nurse Hilda Jessie Downing on Newtown War Memorial

Newtown War Memorial

Name of Nurse Hilda Jessie Downing on Newtown War Memorial


Mary Evans

Place of birth: Carmarthen

Service: Nurse, 1916 - 1918

Death: 1918-10-04, Edmonton Military Hospital, Influenza/Y Ffliw

Memorial: War Memorial, Abergwili, Carmarthen

Notes: aged 38, buried Abergwili Churchyard

Sources: http://www.wwwmp.co.uk/carmarthenshire-war-memorials/

Reference: WaW0012

Name of Nurse Mary Evans on Abergwili War Memorial

Abergwili War Memorial

Name of Nurse Mary Evans on Abergwili War Memorial


Grace Evans (later Nott/Nott yn ddiweddarach)

Place of birth: Cymtydu

Service: Nurse, 1914 - 1918

Death: 1930-11-16, Johannesberg, Cause not known

Memorial: Plaque, St Tysilio, Cwmtydu, Cardiganshire

Notes: Died 'as the result of war services in East Africa during the Great War 1914 - 1918'

Sources: http://www.wwwmp.co.uk/ceredigion-war-memorials/

Reference: WaW0014

Plaque commemorating Grace Evans, St Tylsilio Church, Cwmtydu

St Tysilio

Plaque commemorating Grace Evans, St Tylsilio Church, Cwmtydu


Mary Evans

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.

Reference: WaW0097

Letter from Mary Evans to her parents 1

Mary Evans letter 1

Letter from Mary Evans to her parents 1

Letter from Mary Evans to her parents 2

Mary Evans letter 2

Letter from Mary Evans to her parents 2


Letter from Mary Evans to her parents 3

Mary Evans letter 3

Letter from Mary Evans to her parents 3

Translation of Mary Evans's letter into English

Mary Evans letter English

Translation of Mary Evans's letter into English


Gertrude Fairclough

Place of birth: Lancashire, 1880

Service: Wife and Mother

Notes: Gertrude Fairclough was the wife of Major Rowland Fairclough, Royal Welch Fusiliers, and spent her married life in Mold, Flintshire. Family traditions says that once her husband had joined his regiment in France (despite being 48 in 1914), she moved into a hotel.

Reference: WaW0076

Gertrude Fairclough née Appleby, wife of Major Rowland Fairclough, Royal Welch Fusiliers.

Gertrude Fairclough c.1915

Gertrude Fairclough née Appleby, wife of Major Rowland Fairclough, Royal Welch Fusiliers.


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

Sources: http://www.wwwmp.co.uk/ceredigion-war-memorials/

Reference: WaW0018

Grave of Constance Fane Roberts, llandre Church

Llandre Church

Grave of Constance Fane Roberts, llandre Church


Jane Fisher

Place of birth: Kidwelly

Service: Munitions Worker

Notes: aged 55, awarded MOBE for 'courage in assisting to stop a fire in an explosives factory at considerable danger to her life'.

Sources: The Carmarthen Journal and South Wales Weekly Advertiser;

Reference: WaW0019

report of presentation in The Carmarthen Journal and South Wales Weekly Advertiser 19th April 1918

Newspaper report

report of presentation in The Carmarthen Journal and South Wales Weekly Advertiser 19th April 1918



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