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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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Kate Hopkins

Place of birth: Ystradgynlais

Service: Nurse, Not known / anhysbys, 1915 - 1918

Death: 1918/10/26, London, Influenza / y ffliw

Notes: Kate Hopkins had been a promising teacher, having trained in Stafford with a scholarship from Glamorgan. She began nursing in at the Great Western Hospital in London in 1915, and died there of Spanish flu aged 34.

Reference: WaW0406

Report of the death of Kate Hopkins. Llais Llafur 2nd November 1918

Newspaper report

Report of the death of Kate Hopkins. Llais Llafur 2nd November 1918


Emily May Thomas (née Matthews)

Place of birth: Carmarthen

Service: Teacher

Death: November /1918 / Tac, Carmarthen, Influenza / y ffliw

Notes: Emily was educated at the County Girls’ School Carmarthen, and matriculated at the early age of 16. She became a teacher at the Model (Church) School in Carmarthen. In February 1918 She married Lieutenant Richard Thomas of the Machine Gun Corps, also a teacher. He was wounded in October 1918. In November, just after he came home from hospital, Emily contracted influenza and died.

Reference: WaW0423

Report of Emily Matthews’s matriculation success. Carmarthen Weekly Reporter 9th September 1910.

Newspaper report

Report of Emily Matthews’s matriculation success. Carmarthen Weekly Reporter 9th September 1910.

Report of Emily Matthews marriage to Richard Thomas. Carmarthen Weekly Reporter 15th February 1918.

Newspaper report

Report of Emily Matthews marriage to Richard Thomas. Carmarthen Weekly Reporter 15th February 1918.


Report of Lieutenant Thomas’s wounding.   Cambria Daily Leader 4th October 1918.

Newspaper report

Report of Lieutenant Thomas’s wounding. Cambria Daily Leader 4th October 1918.

Report of Emily Thomas’s death. Carmarthen Journal 22nd November 1918.

Newspaper report

Report of Emily Thomas’s death. Carmarthen Journal 22nd November 1918.


Ida Williams

Place of birth: Llangammarch Wells

Service: Teachers

Death: August / 1918 / Awst, Llangammarch Wells, Influenza / y ffliw

Notes: Ida Williams was a graduate of University College, Aberystwyth. She taught at intermediate schools in Aberystwyth, Cardiff, Bargoed and finally London, where her health broke down about a year before her death. She seems to have been musical, and to have written for publications including Y Cymro.

Reference: WaW0422

Report of the death and funeral of Miss Ida Williams BA. Brecon County Times 8th August 1918.

Newspaper report

Report of the death and funeral of Miss Ida Williams BA. Brecon County Times 8th August 1918.


Megan Davies

Place of birth: Aberdare

Service: Singer, bank clerk

Death: 1919/03/25, Aberdare, Influenza / y ffliw

Notes: Megan Davies was a well-known contralto soloist in the Aberdare area, and performed in several War Heroes concerts. She worked in Barclay’s Bank, Merthyr.

Reference: WaW0421

Newspaper report of a War Heroes Concert, naming Megan Davies. Aberdare Leader 5th January 1918.

Newspaper report

Newspaper report of a War Heroes Concert, naming Megan Davies. Aberdare Leader 5th January 1918.

Report of the death from influenza of Megan Davies, aged 29. Aberdare Leader 29th March 1919

Newspaper report

Report of the death from influenza of Megan Davies, aged 29. Aberdare Leader 29th March 1919


Frances Mary Dulcie Llewellyn-Jones

Place of birth: Llandow

Service: Driver, WRAF, 1918:11:13

Death: Mexborough Military Hospital, Yorkshire, Influenza / Y Ffliw?

Memorial: Christchurch graveyard, Newport, Monmouthshire

Notes: Aged 22. Daughter of the Rev. David Ernest Llewellyn-Jones and Frances Eliza Sophia of Maindee Vicarage, Newport.

Reference: WaW0093

Grave of Dulcie Llewellyn-Jones, Christchurch Cemetery, Newport

Grave of Dulcie Llewellyn-Jones

Grave of Dulcie Llewellyn-Jones, Christchurch Cemetery, Newport

Frances Llewellyn-Jones's service record

Frances Llewellyn-Jones' Service

Frances Llewellyn-Jones's service record


Newspaper report of Frances Llewellyn Jones's death

Newspaper report

Newspaper report of Frances Llewellyn Jones's death

Dulcie Llewellyn-Jones's name on Newport Roll of Honour

Newport Roll of Honour

Dulcie Llewellyn-Jones's name on Newport Roll of Honour


Mary Ann Whaley

Place of birth: Cardiff ?

Service: Store hand, WFC [Womens Forage Corps]

Death: 1918, Influenza / Y Fliw

Notes: Mary Ann was a store hand in the Women’s Forage Corps, which sourced and processed feed for the Army’s horses. Over one million horses and mules were used by the British Army during the War, mostly for haulage and transport. Mary Ann was 39 when she died; her next of kin was her father Thomas Whaley of Cardiff.

Sources: Femina Patriae Defensor Paris 1934

Reference: WaW0221

Mary Ann’s name on Nominal Roll of Officials and Member[s] who have died while serving in the W.F.C

Nominal Roll

Mary Ann’s name on Nominal Roll of Officials and Member[s] who have died while serving in the W.F.C


Dorothea Margaret Seagrave Pryse-Rice (Evans)

Place of birth: London, 1894

Service: Nurse, VAD, 1914 – 1919?

Death: 1921/12/5, Cricket St Thomas, Devon, Influenza / Yffliw

Memorial: St Dingats Church, Llandovery, Carmarthenshire

Notes: Dorothea and her sister Nest were daughters of Margaret Pryse Rice, President of the Carmarthenshire Red Cross. Dorothea’s record card has not survived, but she probably served as a VAD most of the war. She married a war hero, Brigadier-General Lewis Pugh Evans VC, in October 1918, had a son in 1920, and died of influenza aged in 1921 aged 27.

Sources: http://www.wwwmp.co.uk/carmarthenshire-war-memorials/llandovery-carmarthenshire-red-cross-memorial/

Reference: WaW0203

Memorial plaque commemorating Dorothea and Nest Pryse-Rice, St Dingat’s, Llandovery

Memorial Plaque

Memorial plaque commemorating Dorothea and Nest Pryse-Rice, St Dingat’s, Llandovery

Grave of Dorothea Pugh, née Pryse Rice, St Dingat’s, Llandovery

Grave of Dorothea Pryse Rice

Grave of Dorothea Pugh, née Pryse Rice, St Dingat’s, Llandovery


Dorothea’s husband, Lewis Pugh Evans VC

Lewis Pugh Evans VC

Dorothea’s husband, Lewis Pugh Evans VC

Report of the wedding in London of Dorothea Pryse Rice and Lewis Pugh Evans, October 1918

Newspaper report

Report of the wedding in London of Dorothea Pryse Rice and Lewis Pugh Evans, October 1918


Ethel Maud Lilian Richards

Place of birth: Cwmbran

Service: Waitress, WAAC then WRAF, 1918/03/10 – 1918/10/02

Death: 1918/10/02, Influenza ? / Ffliw ?

Memorial: Shorncliffe Military Cemetery, Shorncliffe, Kent

Notes: Ethel enlisted in the WAAC in Cardiff, and was posted to Winchester. She was transferred to the WRAF when it was established in April 1918. She was 26 when she died.

Reference: WaW0357

Record of the grave of Ethel Richards, Shorncliffe Cemetery, Kent.

Grave record

Record of the grave of Ethel Richards, Shorncliffe Cemetery, Kent.

Register including the grave of Ethel Richards in Shorncliffe Cemetery, Kent.

Grave register

Register including the grave of Ethel Richards in Shorncliffe Cemetery, Kent.


Mary Ann Evans

Place of birth: Ebbw Vale

Service: Assistant cook, QMAAC

Death: 1919/03/23, Percy House Auxiliary Military Hospital, Isleworth, Middlesex, Influenza ? / Fliw ?

Notes: According to the 1911 census, Mary Ann probably came from a Welsh speaking family. Her father was a colliery foreman. She was working in Middlesex when she died, probably of influenza. Her name has recently been recorded on a commemorative headstone at Risca cemetery.

Sources: http://firstworldwar.gwentheritage.org.uk/content/catalogue_item/mary-ann-evans

Reference: WaW0283

Headstone commemorating Mary Ann Evans, Risca cemetery.

Commemorative headstone

Headstone commemorating Mary Ann Evans, Risca cemetery.

Grave record of Mary Ann Evans

Grave record

Grave record of Mary Ann Evans


Mary Evans

Place of birth: Meidrim

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



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