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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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Winifred Owen

Place of birth: Montgomeryshire

Service: Nurse, VAD

Notes: Winifred (born 1888) was a doctor’s daughter. She served in a Cambridge Hospital throughout the war, once sitting next to a hydrotherapy boiler that threatened to explode, to calm the patients. She married a doctor after the war, and never worked again

Reference: WaW0126

Winifred Owen with a hydrotherapy patient.

Winifred Owen VAD

Winifred Owen with a hydrotherapy patient.


Daisy Colnett Spickett

Place of birth: Pontypridd

Service: Nurse, VAD

Notes: Daisy, a lawyer’s daughter, joined the VAD when it was formed in 1910. She served in hospitals in Wales and England, and on hospital ships. Follow the link for a very interesting interview with Daisy recorded 1974 (IWM). There are 8 reels of tape amounting to about 2 hours of recording.

Sources: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/80000510

Reference: WaW0128

Red Cross record card for Daisy Spickett (reverse)

Red Cross record card

Red Cross record card for Daisy Spickett (reverse)

Red Cross card for Daisy Spickett

Red Cross record card

Red Cross card for Daisy Spickett


Daisy Spickett in VAD uniform.

Daisy Spickett VAD

Daisy Spickett in VAD uniform.


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


Lilian Kate Jones

Place of birth: Newport

Service: Nurse, VAD

Death: 1916/06/06, Unknown/Anhysbys

Notes: Lilian joined the VAD in August 1915, aged 35. She worked at 2nd South General Military Hospital in Bristol, where she had family connections.

Reference: WaW0143

Grave of Lilian Jones, St Woolos, Newport

Grave of Lilian Jones

Grave of Lilian Jones, St Woolos, Newport

name of Lilian Jones, Welsh National Book of Remembrance

Welsh National Book of Remembrance

name of Lilian Jones, Welsh National Book of Remembrance


Red Cross card for Lilian Jones

Red Cross record card

Red Cross card for Lilian Jones

Red Cross card for Lilian Jones

Red Cross record card (reverse)

Red Cross card for Lilian Jones


Beatrice James

Place of birth: Cardiff

Service: Nurse, VAD, 1917/02/26 – August 1919 ‘

Notes: Beatrice James of Cathays, Cardiff, joined up aged 22. She spent 18 months in the 3rd General Hospital, Cardiff, and then transferred to Exeter.

Sources: https://glamarchives.wordpress.com/ \r\nhttps://archifaumorgannwg.wordpress.com/

Reference: WaW0150

Beatrice James VAD

Beatrice James

Beatrice James VAD

Red Cross card , name of Beatrice James

Red Cross Card

Red Cross card , name of Beatrice James


Red Cross Card for Beatrice James (reverse)

Red Cross Card

Red Cross Card for Beatrice James (reverse)


Mary Hannah (Mrs) Rees

Place of birth: Aberdare?

Service: Nurse, VAD, October 1915 – November 1918

Notes: Mrs Rees seems to have been a trained nurse. After a month at the Aberdare and Merthyr Red Cross Hospital she nursed ‘on the district’.

Reference: WaW0151

Red Cross Card in the name of Mary Hannah Rees

Red Cross Card

Red Cross Card in the name of Mary Hannah Rees


Maisie Bowcott

Place of birth: Abergavenny

Service: Nurse, VAD, 1918/07/01 - 1919

Notes: Maisie Bowcott worked in English hospitals, first in Wimborne, Dorset, and then at the Military Hospital, Tidworth, Hants.

Reference: WaW0155

Red Cross Card in name of Maisie Bowcott

Red Cross card

Red Cross Card in name of Maisie Bowcott

Red Cross Card in name of Maisie Bowcott (reverse)

Red Cross card (reverse)

Red Cross Card in name of Maisie Bowcott (reverse)


Margaret Jane Evans

Place of birth: Treforest, Swansea ?

Service: Nurse, VAD

Memorial: Soar Chapel, Treforest, Swansea, Glamorgan

Notes: Margaret Evans nursed at the 3rd Western General Military Hospital in Cardiff. Her name appears on the Roll of Honour in Soar Chapel, Treforest.

Reference: WaW0170

Record of the war service of Nurse M J Evans on the Roll of Honour of Soar Chapel,  Treforest

Roll of Honour

Record of the war service of Nurse M J Evans on the Roll of Honour of Soar Chapel, Treforest

Red Cross card for Margaret Evans

Red Cross record card

Red Cross card for Margaret Evans


Edith Moore-Gwyn (née Jepson)

Place of birth: London

Service: Commandant, VAD, 1914 - 1919

Notes: Edith Moore-Gwyn, born 1852, was President or Chair of a number of public bodies in and around Neath. Her interests were health and education, and she established the Laurels Auxiliary Red Cross Hospital at Neath. She was awarded the OBE at the end of the War.

Reference: WaW0178

Edith Moore-Gwyn in the uniform of a senior official of the VAD

Edith Moore-Gwyn

Edith Moore-Gwyn in the uniform of a senior official of the VAD

Reverse of photograph of Edith Moore-Gwyn listing her public roles.

Edith Moore-Gwyn (reverse)

Reverse of photograph of Edith Moore-Gwyn listing her public roles.


Mary Eleanor Gwynne Holford (Gordon-Canning)

Place of birth: Gloucestershire

Service: Patron, VAD

Notes: Born in 1865, Mrs Gwynne Holford was responsible for the establishment of Queen Mary’s Hospital, Roehampton, the specialist hospital for soldiers and sailors who had lost limbs during the war. This followed a visit to a military hospital. She said "I will work for one object, and that is to start a hospital whereby all those who had the misfortune to lose a limb in this terrible war, could be fitted with the most perfect artificial limbs human science could devise.” Her social contacts enabled her to gain the patronage of Queen Mary. She lived at Buckland Hall, near Brecon, and died in 1947.

Sources: http://blog.maryevans.com/2013/09/

Reference: WaW0188

Mary Eleanor Gwynne Holford CBE in Red Cross uniform

Mary Eleanor Gwynne Holford

Mary Eleanor Gwynne Holford CBE in Red Cross uniform

 Mary Eleanor Gwynne Holford CBE in Red Cross uniform (reverse)

Mary Eleanor Gwynne Holford (reverse)

Mary Eleanor Gwynne Holford CBE in Red Cross uniform (reverse)



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