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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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Sorted by date of death

Elizabeth Hopkins

Service: Wife and Mother

Notes: Elizabeth Hopkins, nee Thomas (1882-1959) and David Hopkins (1877-1949) - married 8th October 1905. Photograph taken around 16th November 1914 when David enlisted in the South Wales Borderers. David and Elizabeth already had four children, the eldest only 8 years old, the youngest 21 months. Although David is proud to have volunteered Elizabeth looks distinctly worried about the future - with good reason for David was seriously wounded at Gallipoli from which he never fully recovered.

Reference: WaW0070

A proud David and apprehensive Elizabeth Hopkins, November 1914.

Elizabeth and David Hopkins.

A proud David and apprehensive Elizabeth Hopkins, November 1914.


Rowena Hopkin (Field)

Place of birth: Llangwig

Service: Nurse, SWH, 1916 - 1917

Notes: Rowena Hopkin joined the Scottish Women's Hospitals in 1916, and seems to have worked in Serbia. She married GW Field in 1918; some of their correpondence survives.

Sources: http://scottishwomenshospitals.co.uk/women/

Reference: WaW0122

Envelope addressed to Rowena Hopkin

Letter

Envelope addressed to Rowena Hopkin

Newspaper report Labour Voice  22 Sept 1918

Newspaper report

Newspaper report Labour Voice 22 Sept 1918


Photograph and report of Rowena Hopkin’s award of the Order of St George. Herald of Wales 5th May 1917

Newspaper photograph

Photograph and report of Rowena Hopkin’s award of the Order of St George. Herald of Wales 5th May 1917


M A James

Service: Nurse, VAD

Memorial: Church war memorial, Llandre, Cardiganshire

Notes: aged 26.

Reference: WaW0029

Name of M A James, VAD, on memorial in Llandre Church to those who served in the War.

Llandre Church

Name of M A James, VAD, on memorial in Llandre Church to those who served in the War.


Abigail James

Service: Munitions Worker

Notes: Abigail James lived in Brynhyfryd Swansea. She worked in the Swansea National Shell Factory as a Thread Miller.

Reference: WaW0082

Close up of Abigail James, Swansea National Shell Factory, 1915 - 1917  Abigail James (middle row, 1st left) with fellow workers Swansea National Shell Factory, 1915 - 1917; Swansea National Shell Factory workers c. 1915-1917. Abigail James sits 6th from right front row.

Abigail James, Swansea National Shell Factory

Close up of Abigail James, Swansea National Shell Factory, 1915 - 1917 Abigail James (middle row, 1st left) with fellow workers Swansea National Shell Factory, 1915 - 1917; Swansea National Shell Factory workers c. 1915-1917. Abigail James sits 6th from right front row.

Abigail James (middle row, 1st left) with fellow workers Swansea National Shell Factory, 1915 - 1917

Abigail James with fellow workers, Swansea National Shell Factory

Abigail James (middle row, 1st left) with fellow workers Swansea National Shell Factory, 1915 - 1917


; Swansea National Shell Factory workers c. 1915-1917. Abigail James sits 6th from right front row.

Swansea National Shell Factory workers c. 1915-1917

; Swansea National Shell Factory workers c. 1915-1917. Abigail James sits 6th from right front row.


Asa Fish

Place of birth: Swansea ?

Service: Munitions worker

Notes:
Ada was a 22 year-old munitions worker from Hafod, Swansea. She was working in a munitions factory in Sheffield when she won £1 in a beauty competition sponsored by the Sheffield Telegraph.

Reference: WaW0482

Ada Fish in munitions worker’s uniform. The Cambria Daily Leader, 8 April 1919.

Newspaper report and photograph

Ada Fish in munitions worker’s uniform. The Cambria Daily Leader, 8 April 1919.


Lizzie John

Service: Munitions Worker

Memorial: Cenotaph, Swansea, Glamorgan

Notes: aged 22, buried Ebbw Vale Cemetery

Reference: WaW0032

Name of Lizzie John on Swansea Cenotaph

Swansea Cenotaph

Name of Lizzie John on Swansea Cenotaph


Jane M Jones

Place of birth: Llandeiniol

Service: Matron, RRC

Memorial: Memorial to those who served, St Deiniol,s Church, Llandeiniol, Llandeiniol, Cardiganshire

Sources: http://www.wwwmp.co.uk/ceredigion-war-memorials; http://1914-1918.invisionzone.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=149755

Reference: WaW0035

Name of Matron Jane M Jones, Llandeiniol Church

Name of Jane M Jones

Name of Matron Jane M Jones, Llandeiniol Church


Olwen Jones (née Lewis)

Service: Wife, mother

Notes: 'My grandmother Olwen Jones with her two daughters, Dora Louise, on the left, aged two+ and Frances, right thirteen months younger.  This was taken in 1916, when my grandfather [Percy Jones, Welsh Regiment] was conscripted and sent to France.  He was wounded, but eventually returned to Abercarn and they had two more children post the war.' Rosemary Scadden.

Reference: WaW0036

Olwen Jones with her daughters Dora and Frances. Photograph taken when husbad Percy Jones was conscripted in 1916.

Olwen Jones and daughters

Olwen Jones with her daughters Dora and Frances. Photograph taken when husbad Percy Jones was conscripted in 1916.


Mathilde Augusta Lilian Laloe

Place of birth: Carmarthen

Service: Administrator, SWH, 1916 - 1920

Notes: Lilian Laloe was the daughter of Auguste Felix Laloe, a teacher from France who became headmaster of the Queen Elixabeth Grammar School in 1874. She joined the Scottish Womens Hospitals as a cook, but was rapidly promoted to Adminstrator.

Sources: http://scottishwomenshospitals.co.uk/women/

Reference: WaW0086

Lilian Laloe (rear, second left) with Doctors from the Scottish Women's Hospital, Salonika, 1917?.

Lilian Laloe (rear, second left).

Lilian Laloe (rear, second left) with Doctors from the Scottish Women's Hospital, Salonika, 1917?.



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