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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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Gertrude Rosewarne

Place of birth: Ebbw Vale

Service: Nurse, VAD

Notes: Gertrude Rosewarne was working as a pupil teacher in 1911. She joined the VAD early in the War, first in Abergevanny and then in Ebbw Vale. She collected entries by many of her patients in her autograph album.

Reference: WaW0100

Gertrude Rosewarne in VAD uniform

Gertrude Rosewarne VAD

Gertrude Rosewarne in VAD uniform

Ebbw Vale Red Cross detachment parading, November 1914

Ebbw Vale Red Cross detachment 1914

Ebbw Vale Red Cross detachment parading, November 1914


page of nurses from Gertrude Rosewarne's album

A page from Gertrude Rosewarne

page of nurses from Gertrude Rosewarne's album

Red Cross record card for Gertrude Rosewarne

Red Cross card

Red Cross record card for Gertrude Rosewarne


Red Cross record card for Gertrude Rosewarne

Red Cross card (reverse)

Red Cross record card for Gertrude Rosewarne


Edith Mary Tonkin

Place of birth: Sandford Devon

Service: Ward maid, VAD, 1917/11/06 – 1918/10/13

Death: 1918-10-13, 3rd General Hospital Le Treport, Pneumonia / Niwmonia

Memorial: War memorial, Llandaff, Glamorgan

Notes: Edith was born on a farm in Devonshire in 1892. She moved to Cardiff when her father inherited a pub from his uncle. She worked as a ward maid at the 3rd General hospital in Tréport, France, where she died aged 26. Her name appears on Llandaff war memorial with that of her younger brother William John (Jack), who died at the battle of Loos in 1915.

Reference: WaW0061

Edith Mary Tonkin, VAD,'s name on Llandaff War Memorial

Llandaff War Memorial

Edith Mary Tonkin, VAD,'s name on Llandaff War Memorial

Register for Mont Huon cemetery, Tréport, with entry for Edith Tonkin.

War Graves Register

Register for Mont Huon cemetery, Tréport, with entry for Edith Tonkin.


Edith Tonkin in VAD uniform. Thanks to Maureen Roberts, Western Australia.

Edith Tonkin

Edith Tonkin in VAD uniform. Thanks to Maureen Roberts, Western Australia.

Headstone commemorating Edith Mary Tonkin, Mount Huon Military Cemetery Normandy. Courtesy Peter Bennett Dewberry Yorkshire

headstone

Headstone commemorating Edith Mary Tonkin, Mount Huon Military Cemetery Normandy. Courtesy Peter Bennett Dewberry Yorkshire


Red Cross record for Edith Mary Tonkin

Red Cross record card

Red Cross record for Edith Mary Tonkin

Record card for Edith Mary Tonkin (reverse)rnrn

Red Cross record card (reverse)

Record card for Edith Mary Tonkin (reverse)rnrn


Photograph of the Tonkin family on the family farm in Devon, c 1910. Courtesy Maureen Roberts, Western Australiarn

Tonkin family

Photograph of the Tonkin family on the family farm in Devon, c 1910. Courtesy Maureen Roberts, Western Australiarn


Mary Anne Eliza Young

Place of birth: Cardiff

Service: Nurse, VAD

Death: 1919-02-13, 57th General Hospital, Cause not known

Memorial: City Hall Memorial; War Grave Mazargues War Cemetery, Marseilles, Cardiff, Glamorgan

Notes: aged 35, a former teacher at Lansdowne Rd County School, Cardiff/Caerdydd. Buried at Mazargues War Cemetery, Marseilles.

Reference: WaW0068

Name of Mary Ann Eliza Young, VAD.  on the Roll of Honour, City Hall, Cardiff.

Roll of Honour, Cardiff City Hall

Name of Mary Ann Eliza Young, VAD. on the Roll of Honour, City Hall, Cardiff.

Mary Ann’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.

Mary Ann Eliza Young

Mary Ann’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.


Letter from JR Young, Mary’s father. Part of 'Deaths: Nurses Deaths to 1920' (museum's administrative records) 1919-04-08

Letter from JR Young

Letter from JR Young, Mary’s father. Part of 'Deaths: Nurses Deaths to 1920' (museum's administrative records) 1919-04-08


Winifred Owen

Place of birth: Montgomeryshire

Service: Nurse, VAD

Notes: Winifred (born 1888) was a doctor’s daughter. She served in a Cambridge Hospital throughout the war, once sitting next to a hydrotherapy boiler that threatened to explode, to calm the patients. She married a doctor after the war, and never worked again

Reference: WaW0126

Winifred Owen with a hydrotherapy patient.

Winifred Owen VAD

Winifred Owen with a hydrotherapy patient.


Daisy Colnett Spickett

Place of birth: Pontypridd

Service: Nurse, VAD

Notes: Daisy, a lawyer’s daughter, joined the VAD when it was formed in 1910. She served in hospitals in Wales and England, and on hospital ships. Follow the link for a very interesting interview with Daisy recorded 1974 (IWM). There are 8 reels of tape amounting to about 2 hours of recording.

Sources: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/80000510

Reference: WaW0128

Red Cross record card for Daisy Spickett (reverse)

Red Cross record card

Red Cross record card for Daisy Spickett (reverse)

Red Cross card for Daisy Spickett

Red Cross record card

Red Cross card for Daisy Spickett


Daisy Spickett in VAD uniform.

Daisy Spickett VAD

Daisy Spickett in VAD uniform.


Jennie Williams

Place of birth: Llanberis ?

Service: Nurse, VAD, June 1916 – January 1919 / M

Death: 1919/1/31, Le Havre, Pneumonia / Niwmonia

Memorial: War Memorial, Llanberis, Caernarvonshire

Notes: Jennie Williams came from a comfortably-off family, and joined the VAD in June 1915. She left for France in October 1916, and died of pneumonia following influenza in January 1919, aged 45. She is buried in Ste Marie Cemetery, Le Havre.

Sources: http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/4021189/WILLIAMS,%20JENNIEhttp://www.roll-of-honour.com/Caernarvonshire/Llanberis.html

Reference: WaW0175

Jennie Williams VAD in uniform

Jennie Williams VAD

Jennie Williams VAD in uniform

Red Cross record for Jennie Williams VAD

Red Cross record

Red Cross record for Jennie Williams VAD


Red Cross record for Jennie Williams VAD

Red Cross record (reverse)

Red Cross record for Jennie Williams VAD

Letter to the Women’s Work Subcommittee, Imperials War Museum, regarding a photograph of Jennie Williams.

Letter

Letter to the Women’s Work Subcommittee, Imperials War Museum, regarding a photograph of Jennie Williams.


Graves Registration Report Form including details of Jennie Williams. Ste Marie Cemetery, Le Havre

Grave Registration form

Graves Registration Report Form including details of Jennie Williams. Ste Marie Cemetery, Le Havre

Name of Miss Jennie Williams in the Welsh Book of Remembrance

Welsh Book of Remembrance

Name of Miss Jennie Williams in the Welsh Book of Remembrance


Newspaper report of the death of Jennie Williams, Y Dinesydd Cymreig, Chwef 12 1919

Newspaper Report

Newspaper report of the death of Jennie Williams, Y Dinesydd Cymreig, Chwef 12 1919


Lilian Kate Jones

Place of birth: Newport

Service: Nurse, VAD

Death: 1916/06/06, Unknown/Anhysbys

Notes: Lilian joined the VAD in August 1915, aged 35. She worked at 2nd South General Military Hospital in Bristol, where she had family connections.

Reference: WaW0143

Grave of Lilian Jones, St Woolos, Newport

Grave of Lilian Jones

Grave of Lilian Jones, St Woolos, Newport

name of Lilian Jones, Welsh National Book of Remembrance

Welsh National Book of Remembrance

name of Lilian Jones, Welsh National Book of Remembrance


Red Cross card for Lilian Jones

Red Cross record card

Red Cross card for Lilian Jones

Red Cross card for Lilian Jones

Red Cross record card (reverse)

Red Cross card for Lilian Jones


Beatrice James

Place of birth: Cardiff

Service: Nurse, VAD, 1917/02/26 – August 1919 ‘

Notes: Beatrice James of Cathays, Cardiff, joined up aged 22. She spent 18 months in the 3rd General Hospital, Cardiff, and then transferred to Exeter.

Sources: https://glamarchives.wordpress.com/ \r\nhttps://archifaumorgannwg.wordpress.com/

Reference: WaW0150

Beatrice James VAD

Beatrice James

Beatrice James VAD

Red Cross card , name of Beatrice James

Red Cross Card

Red Cross card , name of Beatrice James


Red Cross Card for Beatrice James (reverse)

Red Cross Card

Red Cross Card for Beatrice James (reverse)


Mary Hannah (Mrs) Rees

Place of birth: Aberdare?

Service: Nurse, VAD, October 1915 – November 1918

Notes: Mrs Rees seems to have been a trained nurse. After a month at the Aberdare and Merthyr Red Cross Hospital she nursed ‘on the district’.

Reference: WaW0151

Red Cross Card in the name of Mary Hannah Rees

Red Cross Card

Red Cross Card in the name of Mary Hannah Rees


Maisie Bowcott

Place of birth: Abergavenny

Service: Nurse, VAD, 1918/07/01 - 1919

Notes: Maisie Bowcott worked in English hospitals, first in Wimborne, Dorset, and then at the Military Hospital, Tidworth, Hants.

Reference: WaW0155

Red Cross Card in name of Maisie Bowcott

Red Cross card

Red Cross Card in name of Maisie Bowcott

Red Cross Card in name of Maisie Bowcott (reverse)

Red Cross card (reverse)

Red Cross Card in name of Maisie Bowcott (reverse)



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