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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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Elsie Williams

Place of birth: Abetillery ?

Service: Baling Hand, Women\\\'s Forage Corps

Notes: Elsie’s name appears on a list of names of women who died working in the Women’s Forage Corps. Her next of kin is given as Mrs Williams, 7 Cyrils Place, Abertillery. Nothing further is known of her.

Reference: WaW0223


Elsie Williams

Place of birth: Abertillery ?

Service: Baling Hand, Womens Forage Corps (WFC)

Notes: Elsie’s name appears on a list of names of women who died working in the Women’s Forage Corps. Her next of kin is given as Mrs Williams, 7 Cyrils Place, Abertillery. Nothing further is known of her.

Reference: WaW0146

List of members of the WFC who died in service.

Nominal Roll

List of members of the WFC who died in service.


Gwenllian (Gwendoline) Williams

Place of birth: Kidwelly

Service: Munitions worker

Death: 1919-01-08, Explosion/Ffrwydrad

Notes: aged 21. Evidence showed that the explosion occurred when Gwenllian Williams was drilling out a screw from a shell. Eleanor Thomas was carrying in a shell at the time of the explosion.'

Sources: http://newspapers.library.wales/search?query=gwenllian&page=14; The Carmarthen Journal and South Wales Weekly Advertiser

Reference: WaW0065

Newspaper report of the death of Gwenllian (Gwendoline) Williams

Newspaper report

Newspaper report of the death of Gwenllian (Gwendoline) Williams


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


Margaret Williams

Place of birth: Holyhead

Service: Stewardess, 1914 - d

Death: 1916-11-03, SS Connemara, Drowning / Boddi

Memorial: War memorial, Holyhead, Anglesey

Notes: aged 32. SS Connemara sank in a collision with the coal carrier Retriever. MW is said to have been on her last shift before her marriage. Her body was never recovered.

Sources: https://sites.google.com/site/holyheadwarmemorial19141918/home/ss-connemara/margaret-williams-stewardess

Reference: WaW0067

Margaret Williams, a stewardess on S S Connemara, drowned in a collision at sea.

Margaret Williams

Margaret Williams, a stewardess on S S Connemara, drowned in a collision at sea.


Maud Williams

Place of birth: Llanharry ?

Service: Nurse

Memorial: Penuel Chapel , Llanharry, Glamorgan

Notes: Nothing is known of Nurse Maud Williams , whose name appears on the Roll of Honour in Penuel Chapel, Llanharry

Reference: WaW0171

Nurse Maud Williams named on Penuel Chapel Roll of Honour, Llanharry, Glamorganshire

Roll of Honour

Nurse Maud Williams named on Penuel Chapel Roll of Honour, Llanharry, Glamorganshire


Miss Williams (Mrs Fisher)

Place of birth: Abertillery

Notes: Miss Williams, also referred to in press reports as Mrs Fisher, sat at the base of the Abertillery War Memorial during its dedication on 1st December 1926. She was wearing the medals of her three soldier brothers who had been killed in France.

Sources: Angela Gaffney Aftermath: remembering the Great War in Wales University of Wales Press 1998; http://www.britishpathe.com/video/lord-allenby-unveils-abertillery-war-memorial/query/monuments

Reference: WaW0210

Miss Williams at the dedication of Abertillery War Memorial, 1st December 1926.

Abertillery War Memorial

Miss Williams at the dedication of Abertillery War Memorial, 1st December 1926.


Pollie (Mary) Williams (née Evans)

Place of birth: Holyhead

Service: Nurse, VAD, 1914/10/21 – August 1918

Notes: Pollie was one of the younger sisters of Katie (Catherine) Evans VAD [qv] who died 16th October 1914. Pollie joined the VAD the day after her sister’s funeral. In August 1918 she married Hugh Williams.

Reference: WaW0259

Red cross card for Pollie Williams née Evansrn

Red Cross record card

Red cross card for Pollie Williams née Evansrn

Letter from Pollie Evans to Agnes Conway of the Women’s Work Sub Committee about Katie’s photograph.rnrn

Letter

Letter from Pollie Evans to Agnes Conway of the Women’s Work Sub Committee about Katie’s photograph.rnrn


Rose Williams

Place of birth: Wern Farm Pengenfford, Breconshire

Service: Munitions Inspector

Notes: Rose Williams was a ‘lady inspector’ of munitions. She came first in an examination for inspectors in July 1917.

Reference: WaW0222

Report  of Rose Williams success in munitions inspection examination, Brecon & Radnor Express 12 July 1917

Newspaper report

Report of Rose Williams success in munitions inspection examination, Brecon & Radnor Express 12 July 1917


Violet Williams

Place of birth: Wrexham

Service: Child

Death: 1916/03/09, Moss, Wrexham, Explosion / Ffrwydrad

Memorial: Holy Trinity Church, Gwersyllt, Wrexham, Denbighshire

Notes: Violet, aged seven, died when a souvenir shell brought home by her uncle exploded, killing or fatally injuring her and her three cousins. Her uncle Private John Bagnall was seriously injured as well as her aunts Mary Bagnall and Sarah Roberts. The children were buried in two graves in Holy Trinity Churchyard, Gwersyllt, where a memorial to the four girls was dedicated in March 2016.

Sources: http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/wrexham-remembers-four-children-killed-11027982

Reference: WaW0218

Report of the shell explosion that killed four girls and injured three adults, North Wales Chronicle 10th March 1916.

Newspaper report

Report of the shell explosion that killed four girls and injured three adults, North Wales Chronicle 10th March 1916.

Report of the explosion giving the names of the victims.

Newspaper report

Report of the explosion giving the names of the victims.


Memorial to Sarah Bagnall, Ethel Roberts, Mary Roberts and Violet Williams at Holy Trinity Churchyard, Gwersyllt, dedicated March 2016.

Newspaper report

Memorial to Sarah Bagnall, Ethel Roberts, Mary Roberts and Violet Williams at Holy Trinity Churchyard, Gwersyllt, dedicated March 2016.



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