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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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Annie Whyte

Place of birth: Ely, Cardiff

Service: Forewoman Waitress, WRAF, 1917 - 1919?

Notes: Annie Whyte was associated with Roath Road Wesleyan Methodist Church, Cardiff. She initially joined the WAAC but transferred to the WRAF on its formation in spring 1918. She worked primarily at the Royal Flying Corps Armament School at Uxbridge. Image and information courtesy of Glamorgan Archives (DWESA6).

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

Reference: WaW0116

Annie Whyte WRAF

Annie Whyte

Annie Whyte WRAF


Aldwyth Katrin Williams

Place of birth: Llanbedr-y-Cennin

Service: Nurse, VAD, 1914 - 1918

Death: 1918/11/08, Llanbedr-y-Cennin, Influenza / Ffliw

Memorial: St Tudnos Churchyard, Llandudno, Caernarfonshire

Notes: Aldwyth was the only daughter of the Rector of Llanbedr-y-Cennin. She joined the VAD early in the war, and worked for three days a week in the Red Cross hospitals in Llandudno, cooking and cleaning as well as nursing. She was 26 when she died.

Sources: http://historypoints.org/index.php?page=great-orme-grave-aldwyth-williams

Reference: WaW0262

Grave of Aldwyth Katrin Williams, St Tudno’s Church, Great Orme, Llandudno. Photo courtesy of Laurence Manton

Grave of Aldwyth Williams

Grave of Aldwyth Katrin Williams, St Tudno’s Church, Great Orme, Llandudno. Photo courtesy of Laurence Manton

Report of the funeral of Aldwyth Katrin Williams, Y Clorianydd, 27th November 1918, Identical reports were published in Y Cymro and Y Dydd.rn

Newspaper report

Report of the funeral of Aldwyth Katrin Williams, Y Clorianydd, 27th November 1918, Identical reports were published in Y Cymro and Y Dydd.rn


Alice Williams

Place of birth: Cardiff

Service: Nurse, French Red Cross / Y Groes Goch Ffrengig, 1915 - 1918

Notes: Alice Williams was a member of the French Red Cross and had a 'lifelong connection' with Roath Road Wesleyan Methodist Church, Cardiff. The Roath Road Roamer reported in June 1917 ‘Miss Williams has been in the thick of things – as a nurse for two years, and this is the first time she has left France. Much of her time she has spent within three miles of the German trenches so she knows something about things and has an interesting story to tell'. She is dressed here in the uniform of the French Red Cross. Image and information courtesy of Glamorgan Archives (DWESA6).

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

Reference: WaW0110

Alice Williams was a member of the French Red Cross working at field hospitals in France 1915 – 1918.

Alice Williams in French Red Cross uniform

Alice Williams was a member of the French Red Cross working at field hospitals in France 1915 – 1918.


Alice Helena Alexandra Williams (Alys Meirion)

Place of birth: Castell Deudraeth, Penrhyndeudraeth, Meirioneth

Service: Poet, dramatist, painter, suffragist, organiser, bard, editor.

Death: August / Awst 1957, London, Cause not known

Notes: Alice Williams, born in 1863, was the youngest of 12 children of David Williams, MP for Merioneth. Having to live at home as her mother’s companion she occupied herself in eisteddfodau, amateur dramatics and women’s suffrage. After her mother’s death, when Alice was forty, she divided much of her time between London and Paris, where she met her lifelong companion Fanny Laming. At the outbreak of the war they both worked for the International Red Cross in Geneva, but in 1915 she set up a bureau in Paris (and later London) to seek and disseminate news of persons missing as a result of the war. Later that year she became organising secretary for Wales of the French Wounded Emergency Fund. She was awarded the Médaille de la Reconnaissance Française in 1920. In 1916 she was founder/President of the fourth branch of the Women’s Institute in Wales (at Deudraeth), providing it with the hall which is still in use. She also was the founder editor of Home and Country, the WI magazine. At the 1917 Eisteddfod she was admitted (as a dramatic writer) to the Gorsedd of Bards, taking the bardic name Alys Meirion. Immediately after the war, in 1919, she and Fanny founded the residential Forum Club in London, a popular social space for women only, including Viscountess Rhondda.

Sources: http://yba.llgc.org.uk/en/s10-WILL-ALE-1863.html\r\nwww.thewi.org.uk/about-the-wi/history-of-the-wi/the-origins/alice-williams\r\nhttp://femalewarpoets.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/todays-poet-is-welsh.

Reference: WaW0295

Alice Williams about 1930

Alice Williams

Alice Williams about 1930

Announcement of award of Médaille de la Reconnaissance Française to Alice Williams. Journal Officiel de la Republique Française 22nd October 1920rnrn

Award of Médaille de la Reconnaissance Française

Announcement of award of Médaille de la Reconnaissance Française to Alice Williams. Journal Officiel de la Republique Française 22nd October 1920rnrn


First edition of the WI magazine Home and Country, which was edited by Alice Williams. She is second from the right in the photograph. She also served as the WI Treasurer

Home and Country magazine

First edition of the WI magazine Home and Country, which was edited by Alice Williams. She is second from the right in the photograph. She also served as the WI Treasurer

Bookplate of the Forum Club, London, founded by Alice Williams and Fanny Lanbury.

Bookplate

Bookplate of the Forum Club, London, founded by Alice Williams and Fanny Lanbury.


Catherine Williams

Place of birth: Colwyn Bay

Service: Staff Nurse, QAIMNS

Death: 1919-08-04, Cause not known

Memorial: War memorial, Colwyn Bay, Caernarvonshire

Notes: aged 38. Buried Bron-y-Nant cemetery Colwyn Bay.

Sources: http://historypoints.org/index.php?page=colwyn-bay-memorial-fww-surnames-s-y

Reference: WaW0064

Name of Catherine Williams on Colwyn Bay War Memorial

War Memorial Colwyn Bay

Name of Catherine Williams on Colwyn Bay War Memorial


Ellen Myfanwy Williams

Place of birth: Cardigan

Service: Nurse, 1914 - 1915

Death: 1915-01-19, West Bromwich Hospital, Cause not known

Memorial: Cenotaph, Cardigan, Cardiganshire

Notes: aged 26. Buried Cardigan cemetery.

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

Reference: WaW0066

Name of Ellen Williams on St Mary's Church memorial, Cardigan

Nurse Williams

Name of Ellen Williams on St Mary's Church memorial, Cardigan


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 Cyril 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.


Elsie E Williams

Service: Munitions worker, Not known / anhysbys

Notes: Elsie Williams claimed that she was sexually assaulted on a train by a foreman at the same munitions factory, and became pregnant. The Court at Swansea agreed that he was the father of her child.

Reference: WaW0368

Report proving paternity of Elsie Williams’s baby. Herald of Wales 22nd December 1917.

Newspaper report

Report proving paternity of Elsie Williams’s baby. Herald of Wales 22nd December 1917.


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



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