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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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Doris Quane

Place of birth: Isle of Man

Service: Worker, QMAAC

Memorial: War Grave, Boddelwyddan, Denbighshire

Notes: aged 28; buried St Michel's Ammanford

Sources: http://www.flintshirewarmemorials.com/memorials/bodelwyddan-memorial/canadians-2/quane-doris/

Reference: WaW0047

War Grave of Doris Quane, QMAAC, surrounded by the graves of Canadian soldiers

War grave of Doris Quane

War Grave of Doris Quane, QMAAC, surrounded by the graves of Canadian soldiers


Lizzie Dora Stephens

Place of birth: Y Trallwng

Service: Worker, QMAAC

Death: 1918-04-24, Cause not known

Memorial: War memorial, Y Trallwng, Montgomeryshire

Notes: aged 23, buried at Aldershot Military Cemetery

Sources: http://tanyabirnie.blogspot.it/2014/09/worker-m-f-brown.html

Reference: WaW0058

Name of Lizzie Dora Stephens, War Memorial Welshpool

War Memorial Welshpool

Name of Lizzie Dora Stephens, War Memorial Welshpool


Amy Laura Whitcombe

Place of birth: Hengoed

Service: Worker, QMAAC

Death: 1918-11-03, S C Convalescent Hospital, Plymouth, Influenza / Y Ffliw

Memorial: War memorial, Ystrad Mynach and Hengoed, Glamorgan

Notes: aged 24.

Reference: WaW0063

Name of Amy Whitcombe on Ystrad Mynach War Memorial

Ystrad Mynach War Memorial

Name of Amy Whitcombe on Ystrad Mynach War Memorial

Grave record for Amy Whitcombe

Grave record

Grave record for Amy Whitcombe


Ada Doris Maud Lesser (Radcliffe)

Place of birth: Nova Scotia

Service: Worker, QMAAC

Death: 1918/12/04, Tidsworth Military Hospital, Wiltshire, Influenza / y ffliw

Memorial: Danygraig, Swansea, Glamorgan

Notes: Born c.1879, Ada moved with her parents to Swansea. She married Arthur Charles Lesser in December 1899. The inscription on her grave says she was 36 when she died, but she was probably older. Thanks to Diana Morgan

Reference: WaW0190

Grave with the name of Ada Lesser, QMAAC

Grave of Ada Lesser

Grave with the name of Ada Lesser, QMAAC


Nora Treadwell

Place of birth: Lancashire

Service: Worker, WAAC

Notes: Little is known about Nora Treadwell. She was brought up in Bryncoch, Glamorgan; her parents may have lived at Primrose Bank, Bryncoch.

Reference: WaW0192

Nora Treadwell in WAAC uniform

Nora Treadwell

Nora Treadwell in WAAC uniform

Women's Army Auxiliary Corps postcard, 18 June 1918. This postcard was sent by Nora to her great grandmother Mrs Treadwell, from Plymouth where she was working at a convalescent hospital.

Postcard

Women's Army Auxiliary Corps postcard, 18 June 1918. This postcard was sent by Nora to her great grandmother Mrs Treadwell, from Plymouth where she was working at a convalescent hospital.


Doris Genner

Place of birth: Ebbw Vale

Service: Worker, WAAC

Memorial: James Street Wesleyan Church (now at Cenotaph), Ebbw Vale, Glamorgan

Notes: Nothing is known of Doris Genner WAAC.

Sources: http://firstworldwar.gwentheritage.org.uk/content/catalogue_item/james-street-wesleyan-church-memorials-ebbw-vale

Reference: WaW0193

Name of Doris Genner at the bottom of the James Street Wesleyan Chapel memorial.

War Memorial

Name of Doris Genner at the bottom of the James Street Wesleyan Chapel memorial.


Daphne Elizabeth Powell

Place of birth: Talgarth ?

Service: Worker, WAAC/QMAAC, Novermber 1917 - April 1919 /

Death: 1919/04/11, The Old Vicarage Talgarth , brief illness / salwch byr

Memorial: St Gwendolines Church, Talgarth, Breconshire

Notes: Daphne Powell served with the WAAC/QMAAC at Swanage, where she proved ‘a very efficient worker’. She was 21 years old when she died, possibly of Spanish flu.

Reference: WaW0194

Grave of Daphne Powell, St Gwendolines Church, Talgarth, Her grave is on the right; her brother Charles Baden Powell, who died in 1921, is on the left.

Grave of Daphne Powell

Grave of Daphne Powell, St Gwendolines Church, Talgarth, Her grave is on the right; her brother Charles Baden Powell, who died in 1921, is on the left.

Grave register showing the entries for Daphne Powell and her brother Charles. Both graves were originally grassy mounds; the headstones were erected recently by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

St Gwendolines Grave Register

Grave register showing the entries for Daphne Powell and her brother Charles. Both graves were originally grassy mounds; the headstones were erected recently by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.


Report of the funeral of Daphne Powell. Brecon County Times 1st May 1919

Newspaper report

Report of the funeral of Daphne Powell. Brecon County Times 1st May 1919


Jean Roberts

Place of birth: Blaenau Ffestiniog

Service: Worker, WAAC, 1917/11/08 – 1918/01/05

Death: 1918/01/05, Bangor Military Hospital, Spotted fever / Teiffws

Notes: Jean, who was 18 when she died, was the eldest of six children of a widowed mother. In November 1919 her case was raised in Parliament by Haydn Jones, MP for Merioneth. Jean had been the chief support of the family, but her mother was not entitled to any form of compensation and was forced to ask for parochial relief. The matter was ‘considered’ by the Financial Secretary to the War Office, but we do not know the outcome. Jean Roberts’s name appears in the Welsh National Book of Remembrance.

Reference: WaW0260

Details of Jean Roberts in the War Graves Register

Grave Register

Details of Jean Roberts in the War Graves Register

Newspaper report of parliamentary question about Jean Roberts. North Wales Chronicle 14th November 1919.

Newspaper report

Newspaper report of parliamentary question about Jean Roberts. North Wales Chronicle 14th November 1919.


Jean Roberts’s name in the Welsh National Book of Remembrance.

Welsh Book of Remembrance

Jean Roberts’s name in the Welsh National Book of Remembrance.

Jean Roberts’s name on the War Memorial in St David’s Church, Blaenau Ffestiniog. It was obviously added after WW2, hence the mistake WAAF for QMAAC.rn. rn

War Memorial plaque

Jean Roberts’s name on the War Memorial in St David’s Church, Blaenau Ffestiniog. It was obviously added after WW2, hence the mistake WAAF for QMAAC.rn. rn


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.


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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