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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 Ellen Small

Place of birth: Abercreg[g]an

Service: Waitress, Womens Legion

Notes: Mary Ellen Small gave birth to a baby boy in April 1918. The father William Speake, who denied paternity, was a corporal in the Welsh Regiment, and formerly a collier from Trealaw. They met while he was training at Kinmel Camp at Boddelwyddan, where she worked as a waitress. He was ordered to pay 5 shillings a week until the boy was 14.

Reference: WaW0341

Report of the case of Small v Speake. Cambria Daily Leader 25th June 1918rnrn

Newspaper report

Report of the case of Small v Speake. Cambria Daily Leader 25th June 1918rnrn


Cissie Cripps

Place of birth: Brecon

Service: Volunteer, Womens Volunteer Reserve Corps, 1915 - ?

Death: 1956, Montreal, Canada, Cause not known

Notes: Cissie was a chauffeuse before the war. She had two brothers serving in the army, and joined the Women’s Volunteer Reserve Corps in Folkestone in August 1915. In 1920 she emigrated to Montreal Canada, where she later married George Elsdon Mears and had three daughters. Thanks to Ian Sumpter.

Reference: WaW0374

Cissie Cripps of Brecon, looking ‘very smart’ in uniform. Brecon County Times 12th August 1915.

Cissie Cripps

Cissie Cripps of Brecon, looking ‘very smart’ in uniform. Brecon County Times 12th August 1915.


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


Frances Mary Dulcie Llewellyn-Jones

Place of birth: Llandow

Service: Driver, WRAF, 1918:11:13

Death: Mexborough Military Hospital, Yorkshire, Influenza / Y Ffliw?

Memorial: Christchurch graveyard, Newport, Monmouthshire

Notes: Aged 22. Daughter of the Rev. David Ernest Llewellyn-Jones and Frances Eliza Sophia of Maindee Vicarage, Newport.

Reference: WaW0093

Grave of Dulcie Llewellyn-Jones, Christchurch Cemetery, Newport

Grave of Dulcie Llewellyn-Jones

Grave of Dulcie Llewellyn-Jones, Christchurch Cemetery, Newport

Frances Llewellyn-Jones's service record

Frances Llewellyn-Jones' Service

Frances Llewellyn-Jones's service record


Newspaper report of Frances Llewellyn Jones's death

Newspaper report

Newspaper report of Frances Llewellyn Jones's death

Dulcie Llewellyn-Jones's name on Newport Roll of Honour

Newport Roll of Honour

Dulcie Llewellyn-Jones's name on Newport Roll of Honour


Annie Roberts

Place of birth: Holyhead

Service: Member, WRAF, 14/05/1918 - d.

Death: 1918-12-12, Pneumonia / Niwmonia

Memorial: War memorial, Holyhead, Anglesey

Notes: aged 20. Served in Chester area. Buried Holyhead (Maeshyfred) cemetery

Reference: WaW0053

Name of Annie Roberts, WRAF, on Holyhead War Memorial

Holyhead War Memorial

Name of Annie Roberts, WRAF, on Holyhead War Memorial


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


Janet Jones

Place of birth: Llanrwst

Service: Quartermistress, WRAF

Memorial: War Memorial, Llanrwst, Conway

Notes: Aged 28. She is buried at Seion Calvinistic Methodist Chapelyard, Llanrwst.

Reference: WaW0141

Name of Janet Jones on War Memorial, Llanrwst

War Memorial, Llanrwst

Name of Janet Jones on War Memorial, Llanrwst


May Stratford

Place of birth: Newport Monmouthshire

Service: Waitress, WRAF, February 1918 – September 19

Notes: May Stratford, born 1898, joined the WRAF in 1918. She seems to have served, as a waitress, in various RAF bases in South East England. She died in 1982

Reference: WaW0191

May Stratford in WRAF uniform. Also in the photograph is a coin engraved with her name and ‘WRAF’.

May Stratford

May Stratford in WRAF uniform. Also in the photograph is a coin engraved with her name and ‘WRAF’.

May Stratford’s discharge papers. September 1919

Discharge papers

May Stratford’s discharge papers. September 1919


Inside cover of May’s autograph book, showing where she served.

Autograph book

Inside cover of May’s autograph book, showing where she served.

Page of May Stratford’s autograph book with a drawing of a bi-plane.

Autograph book

Page of May Stratford’s autograph book with a drawing of a bi-plane.


Mary Ann Holland (née ?)

Place of birth: Talywain ?

Service: Storewoman, WRAF

Notes: Mrs Holland was demobilised from the WRAF in October 1919, when she was 30 years old. Her work was described as ‘very good’. She enrolled and worked in London, and was married, though we do not know her maiden name. Her name appears on the Roll of Honour at Pisgah Chapel, Talywain.

Reference: WaW0292

Demobilisation certificate for Mary Ann Holland, 17th October 1919.

Discharge certificate

Demobilisation certificate for Mary Ann Holland, 17th October 1919.

Mrs M A Holland’s name on the Roll of Honour at Pisgah Chapel, Talywain.

Roll of Honour

Mrs M A Holland’s name on the Roll of Honour at Pisgah Chapel, Talywain.


Caroline Jackson Davies

Place of birth: Llandovery

Service: Chief section leader Cook: , WRNS, 22/05/1918

Death: 1918-10-26, Carmarthen, illness/salwch

Notes: aged 22. Buried at Llandingat

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

Reference: WaW0005



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