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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 Fairclough

Place of birth: Lancashire, 1880

Service: Wife and Mother

Notes: Gertrude Fairclough was the wife of Major Rowland Fairclough, Royal Welch Fusiliers, and spent her married life in Mold, Flintshire. Family traditions says that once her husband had joined his regiment in France (despite being 48 in 1914), she moved into a hotel.

Reference: WaW0076

Gertrude Fairclough née Appleby, wife of Major Rowland Fairclough, Royal Welch Fusiliers.

Gertrude Fairclough c.1915

Gertrude Fairclough née Appleby, wife of Major Rowland Fairclough, Royal Welch Fusiliers.


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.


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.


May Selwood

Place of birth: Newport

Service: Wife, widow

Death: 1995-11-03, Cause not known

Notes: May’s husband William Henry Selwood died of shell shock on 1st January 1919. She remained a widow for her remaining 76 years – credited with being the longest WW1 widow in Britain. She is buried in Christchurch Cemetery, Newport.

Reference: WaW0106

Grave of May Selwood who is credited with being the longest WW1 widow in Britain. Christchurch Cemetery, Newport

Grave of May Selwood

Grave of May Selwood who is credited with being the longest WW1 widow in Britain. Christchurch Cemetery, Newport

Death Notice of William Henry Selwood, died 1st January 1919

Death Notice of William Henry Selwood

Death Notice of William Henry Selwood, died 1st January 1919


May Brooks

Place of birth: Cardiff

Service: Worker, WAAC/QMAAC, 1917 - 1919

Notes: May Brooks was a clerk in a confectionary firm before joining the WAAC. She served at various places in the south of England. She contracted influenza, spending a week in hospital, and was discharged on compassionate grounds in June 1919. Image and information courtesy of Glamorgan Archives (DWESA6).

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

Reference: WaW0117

May Brooks in the outdoor uniform of the WAAC/QMAAC. Image courtesy of Glamorgan Archives

May Brooks, WAAC/QMAAC. Image courtesy of Glamorgan Archives

May Brooks in the outdoor uniform of the WAAC/QMAAC. Image courtesy of Glamorgan Archives


Gertrude Winifred Allan Dyer

Place of birth: Newport

Service: Worker, QMAAC

Death: 1918-01-27, Cause not known

Memorial: Christchurch Cemetery, Newport, Monmouthshire

Notes: aged 38. On her grave it says that the stone was erected by her family and ‘Newport Women’s Liberal Association of which she was the secretary for 18 years’. A plaque has also been placed on her grave by the Commonwealth War Commission. Her name also appears on the WW1 Roll of Honour book kept in Newport Reference Library and the Welsh National Book of Remembrance.

Reference: WaW0103

Grave of Gertrude Dyer, Christchurch Cemetery, Newport

Grave of Gertrude Dyer

Grave of Gertrude Dyer, Christchurch Cemetery, Newport

Name of Gertrude Dyer, Newport Roll of Honour, Newport

Name of Gertrude Dyer

Name of Gertrude Dyer, Newport Roll of Honour, Newport


CWGC memorial plaque to Gertrude Dyer

Memorial plaque

CWGC memorial plaque to Gertrude Dyer


Annie M Evans

Service: Worker, QMAAC

Reference: WaW0073


Kate (Anna Catherine) Miller

Place of birth: Grangetown Cardiff

Service: Worker, QMAAC, 1918 - 1920

Death: 1920-07-29, St Pol-sur-Ternoise cemetery,France, Pneumonia / Niwmonia

Notes: aged 27. Buried St Pol-sur-Ternoise cemetery

Sources: http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead.aspx?cpage=11&sort=name&order=asc; folder

Reference: WaW0038

Anna Catherine (Kate) Miller, QMAAC

Anna Catherine Miller

Anna Catherine (Kate) Miller, QMAAC


Violet Phillips

Place of birth: Newport

Service: Worker, WAAC/QMAAC, 1917 - 1919

Death: 1919-03-08, Chadderton Hostel, Cause not known

Memorial: St Woolos, Newport, Monmouthshire

Notes: Violet was the daughter of Mrs C.M.Phillips, 32 Barrack Hill, Newport, Mon.

Sources: http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/390079/PHILLIPS,%20V

Reference: WaW0118

Grave of Violet Phillips, St Woolos Cemetery, Newport

Grave of Violet Phillips

Grave of Violet Phillips, St Woolos Cemetery, Newport


Ladas May (Known as Gladys WAAC / in Gelwid yn Gl Powell ( later Pritchard)

Place of birth: Cwmaman

Service: Worker, WAAC/QMAAC, 24/05/1918 - 11/02/1920

Notes: Ladas Powell joined the WAAC underage. She served at Stonar Camp, near Sandwich, Kent. Ladas, or Gladys as she was known in the WAAC, kept an album with photographs and documents in it as well as entries by friends and colleagues.

Reference: WaW0044

Ladas (Gladys) Powell in working clothes.

Ladas May Powell

Ladas (Gladys) Powell in working clothes.

' A few of the knuts …'

Photograph 7.11.19

' A few of the knuts …'


Certificate of discharge from the QMAAC on Termination of Engagement, 20.2.1920

Discharge document

Certificate of discharge from the QMAAC on Termination of Engagement, 20.2.1920

Ladas Powell's QMAAC badge

QMAAC badge

Ladas Powell's QMAAC badge


Travel Pass 27.11.19

Travel Pass

Travel Pass 27.11.19



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