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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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Mary Fitzmaurice

Service: Munitions Worker

Death: 1918-11-18, NEF Pembrey, Explosion/Ffrwydrad

Memorial: Cenotaph, Swansea, Glamorgan

Notes: aged 36, mother of seven children. She was killed in the same explosion as Edith Copham and Jane Jenkins; MF and EEC shared a public funeral.

Sources: Explosion report Herald of Wales 14th December 1914 / Adroddiad am y ffrwydrad Herald of Wales 14eg Rhagfyr 1914

Reference: WaW0020

Name of Mary Fitzmaurice on Swansea Cenotaph

Swansea Cenotaph

Name of Mary Fitzmaurice on Swansea Cenotaph

Report of Funeral of Mary Fitzmaurice and Edith E Copham

Newspaper report

Report of Funeral of Mary Fitzmaurice and Edith E Copham


Explosion report Herald of Wales 14th December 1918

Newspaper report

Explosion report Herald of Wales 14th December 1918


Emma Grace Fletcher

Service: Nurse

Death: 1918-11-19, Royal Military Hospital, Influenza/Y Ffliw

Memorial: War memorial, Ammanford, Carmarthen

Notes: aged 26. Grave in Abergele cemetary

Reference: WaW0021

Name of Emma Fletcher, VAD, on Ammanford War Memorial

Ammanford War Memorial

Name of Emma Fletcher, VAD, on Ammanford War Memorial


Elizabeth Foulkes

Service: Munitions Worker

Memorial: Cenotaph, Swansea, Glamorgan

Notes: aged 28; buried St Michael's Ammanford

Reference: WaW0022

Name of Elizabeth Foulkes on Swansea Cenotaph

Swansea Cenotaph

Name of Elizabeth Foulkes on Swansea Cenotaph


Olive Francis

Service: Peace Campaigner

Sources: Pioneer 28 Gorffennaf 1917

Reference: WaW0023

Advertisement for meeting in connection with the Women's Peace Crusade, Pioneer 28 July 1917

Newspaper advertisement

Advertisement for meeting in connection with the Women's Peace Crusade, Pioneer 28 July 1917


Olivia Griffiths

Place of birth: Cilgerran

Service: Lecturer

Notes: Olivia Griffiths was an Assistant Lecturer in the Education department of Aberystwyth University in 1916. Later she moved on to Bangor Normal College (1920s).

Reference: WaW0081

Olivia Griffiths in academic dress, 1910. She obtained a first class degree in German at Aberystwyth University despite the death of her mother during the exam period

Olivia Griffiths in academic dress, c 1910 ; ; .

Olivia Griffiths in academic dress, 1910. She obtained a first class degree in German at Aberystwyth University despite the death of her mother during the exam period

Olivia Griffiths as a schoolgirl (standing next to the teacher) c.1905

Olivia Griffiths as a schoolgirl (standing next to the teacher)

Olivia Griffiths as a schoolgirl (standing next to the teacher) c.1905


Edith Haines (Spridgeon)

Service: Bus Conductress

Notes: Edith Haines was one of the first women bus conductresses in Swansea

Reference: WaW0074

Edith Haines in bus conductress's uniform

Edith Haines

Edith Haines in bus conductress's uniform

Edith Haines (née Spridgeon, right), with Maggie (unknown, left), and  Nellie Spridgeon centre

Edith Haines (right), with Maggie (unknown, left), and Nellie Spridgeon centre

Edith Haines (née Spridgeon, right), with Maggie (unknown, left), and Nellie Spridgeon centre


Emmy (Mary Emily) Harvey ((Harries yn ddiweddarach))

Place of birth: Swansea

Service: Ticket Conductor, 1914 - 1918

Notes: recorded by Swansea/Abertawe Women's History Group 08/08/1983. File provided by Jen Wilson

Reference: WaW0024

Account of Emmy Harvey, Ticket Collector

Account of Emmy Harvey

Account of Emmy Harvey, Ticket Collector


Catherine (Kate ) Hill

Place of birth: Swansea

Service: Munitions Worker

Death: TNT poisoning/Gwenwyno TNT

Memorial: Cenotaph, Swansea, Glamorgan

Sources: http://1914-1918.invisionzone.com/forums

Reference: WaW0025

Name of Catherine (Kate) Hill on Swansea Cenotaph

Swansea Cenotaph

Name of Catherine (Kate) Hill on Swansea Cenotaph


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.


Jane Ellen Howdle

Service: Stewardess

Death: 1915:11:07, SS Lusitania, Drowning / Boddi

Memorial: War memorial, Benllech, Anglesey

Notes: aged 33. Buried at Cobh Old Cemetery, County Cork, Ireland

Sources: http://www.rmslusitania.info/people/lusitania-victims;http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/maritime/visit/floor-plan/lusitania/people/peoples-stories.aspx?id=15530

Reference: WaW0027

Name of Mrs J E Howdle on Benllech War Memorial. She was a Stewardess on S S Lusitania.

Benllech War Memorial

Name of Mrs J E Howdle on Benllech War Memorial. She was a Stewardess on S S Lusitania.



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