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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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Gwladys Alice Samuel

Place of birth: Aberystwyth

Service: Worker, WAAC, February 1918 -

Notes: Gwladys, an enthusiastic Girl Guide, was posted to Kinmel Camp, North Wales in February 1918. Her father and two brothers were serving in the army.

Reference: WaW0317

Brief report of Gwladys Samuel’s joining the WAAC, with photograph. Cambrian News 22nd February 1918.

Newspaper report and photograph

Brief report of Gwladys Samuel’s joining the WAAC, with photograph. Cambrian News 22nd February 1918.

Report of Gwladys’s departure from Aberystwyth Station. Cambrian News 15th February 1918.

Newspaper report

Report of Gwladys’s departure from Aberystwyth Station. Cambrian News 15th February 1918.


Edith C Kenyon

Place of birth: Doncaster

Service: Writer

Death: 1925, Cause not known

Notes: Edith C Kenyon, a doctor’s daughter, had part of her upbringing in Machynlleth. She was an extremely prolific writer of novels for adults and children, and occasional non-fiction. Towards the end of her life she wrote a number of Welsh inspired romances, with title such as Nansi’s Scapegoat, The Winning of Glenora, The Wooing of Myfanwy, and The Marriage of Mari. This was serialised with much publicity in the Cambria Daily Leader in 1916. Her use of the Ceredigion landscape was much admired. She also wrote at least one war themed book for children: Pickles – A Red Cross Heroine. Her work was popular in both the United States and Australia.

Reference: WaW0455

Pickles, A Red Cross Heroine by Edith C Kenyon, published by Collins. ‘Pickles dropped the deadly thing over the vasty deep’.

Book

Pickles, A Red Cross Heroine by Edith C Kenyon, published by Collins. ‘Pickles dropped the deadly thing over the vasty deep’.

Publication of The Wooing of Myfanwy, 6d. Cambrian News 26th March 1915.

Newspaper report

Publication of The Wooing of Myfanwy, 6d. Cambrian News 26th March 1915.


Heading and opening paragraphs of The Marriage of Mari. Cambria Daily Leader 26th October 1916.

Newspaper cutting

Heading and opening paragraphs of The Marriage of Mari. Cambria Daily Leader 26th October 1916.

Full column promotion of the serialisation of The Marriage of Mari. Cambria Daily Leader 23rd October 1916.

Newspaper advertisement

Full column promotion of the serialisation of The Marriage of Mari. Cambria Daily Leader 23rd October 1916.


Review of The Wooing of Mifanwy [sic] in an Australian paper.   The Advertiser Adelaide 22nd March 1913.

Newspaper report

Review of The Wooing of Mifanwy [sic] in an Australian paper. The Advertiser Adelaide 22nd March 1913.


Lily Tobias (Shepherd)

Place of birth: Swansea

Service: Writer, activist, nationalist

Notes: Lily was the daughter of Russian Jewish parents who had fled Russia to avoid conscription, and settled first in Swansea and then in Ystalyfera; she was the first of their children to be born in Wales. She began writing for Lais Llafur at 14, and was heavily involved in suffrage, ILP and pacifist activities. Her brothers were conscientious objectors. She was described by the Labour politician Fenner Brockway as “an active and belligerent pacifist… showing great resourcefulness and courage in defying the authorities and assisting draft dodgers, and those in prison”. She later took up the cause of the establishment of a Jewish state, and wrote several novels.

Sources: Jasmine Donahaye The Greatest Need: The creative life and troubled times of Lily Tobias, a Welsh Jew in Palestine. Honno 2015 https://wciavoices.wordpress.com/2016/12/07/the-shepherd-family-of-ystalyfera-and-pontypridd-in-the-first-world-war

Reference: WaW0245

Lily Tobias, activist and author

Lily Tobias

Lily Tobias, activist and author



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