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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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Annie Roach

Place of birth: Swansea

Service: Nurse, 1914 - December 1915

Death: December / Rhagfyr 1, Great Yarmouth, Enteric fever / Ffliw enterig

Notes: Annie, who was 21 when she died, contracted enteric fever from a sailor patient in the isolation hospital in Great Yarmouth. Her body was brought back to Swansea, and she was buried in Dan y Graig cemetery, Swansea.

Reference: WaW0354

Report of the death of Annie Roach, Herlad of Wales 8th January 1916.

Newspaper article and photograph

Report of the death of Annie Roach, Herlad of Wales 8th January 1916.


Helena Susanna Adam

Place of birth: Belgium

Service: Refugee

Death: December 1916, School House, Pantycaws, Carbon monoxide poisoning / Gwenwyno gan garbon monocsid

Notes: Helena Adam was a 51 year-old Belgian refugee living with her family near Carmarthen. They arrived from Ostend in November 1914. Her death was caused by fumes from a fire warming their bedroom. The fire was made partly of culm, coal dust mixed with clay and other materials, which was much used at this time owing to the high price of coal. Helena’s husband Jacobus was also affected but later recovered.

Reference: WaW0388

Report on the inquest on Helena Susanna Adam. Herald of Wales 11th December 1915

Newspaper report

Report on the inquest on Helena Susanna Adam. Herald of Wales 11th December 1915

Another report on the inquest on Helena Susanna Adam. South Wales Weekly Post 11th December 1915.

Newspaper report

Another report on the inquest on Helena Susanna Adam. South Wales Weekly Post 11th December 1915.


Ezzelina Samuel

Place of birth: Pontardulais

Service: Nurse, 1916 - 1919

Death: February 1919 , Kemptown hospital, Brighton, Bronchitis following influenza / Broncitis yn dilyn ffliw

Notes: Ezzelina was one of eight children of Thomas Samuel, superintendent of the Clayton Tin Plate Works, Pontardulais. She was sitting her final exams after three year’s training as a nurse in Brighton when she fell ill and died, aged 24.

Reference: WaW0278

Short article noting Ezzelina’s death, with a photograph. Herald of Wales 1st March 1919rnrn

Newspaper article and phoograph

Short article noting Ezzelina’s death, with a photograph. Herald of Wales 1st March 1919rnrn

Report of the death of Ezzelina Samuel in Brighton. Carmarthen Journal 7th March 1919rnrn

newspaper report

Report of the death of Ezzelina Samuel in Brighton. Carmarthen Journal 7th March 1919rnrn


Ellen ‘Nellie’ Mariana Booker

Place of birth: Southerndown ?

Service: Secretary then Commandant, VAD, 1909 - 1917

Death: February/Chwefror 19, Southerndown, Not known / anhuybys

Notes: Nellie Booker was the sixth daughter of Caroline Booker [qv]. With her mother and sister Etta [qv] she established the Southerndown branch of the Red Cross Society. At the outbreak of war she was the Secretary of the Tuscar House Hospital, and later became its Commandant. Unusually she was given a military funeral: ‘a unique honour for a lady’ (Glamorgan Gazette). Her Red Cross record card does not survive.

Reference: WaW0472

Report of the opening of Tuscar House Red Cross hospital. Glamorgan Gazette 28th May 1915

Newspaper report

Report of the opening of Tuscar House Red Cross hospital. Glamorgan Gazette 28th May 1915

Tuscar House Red Cross Hospital, Southerndown. The house was used as a hospital in WW2 as well.

Tuscar House Red Cross Hospital, Southerndown. The house was used as a hospital in WW2 as well.


Report of the troops recovering at Tuscar House. Glamorgan Gazette 18th June 1915

Newspaper report

Report of the troops recovering at Tuscar House. Glamorgan Gazette 18th June 1915

Part of the report of Nellie Booker’s military funeral. Glamorgan Gazette 2nd March 1917

Newspaper report

Part of the report of Nellie Booker’s military funeral. Glamorgan Gazette 2nd March 1917


C A Howell

Place of birth: Neath ?

Service: Nurse, ‘Red Cross Nurse’ (VAD) ‘Nyrs y Groes Goch

Death: January 1918 / Ionaw, Cause not known

Memorial: Soar Maes-yr-haf Chapel,, Neeath, Glamorgan

Notes: C A Howell’s name appears on the Roll of Honour in Soar Maes-yr-haf Chapel, Neath. She is described as a Red Cross Nurse.

Reference: WaW0138

Name of Miss C A Howell Red Cross Nurse on Roll of Honour, Soar Maes-yr-haf Chapel, Neath

Roll of Honour, Soar Maes-yr-haf Chapel

Name of Miss C A Howell Red Cross Nurse on Roll of Honour, Soar Maes-yr-haf Chapel, Neath


Janet Elizabeth Evans

Place of birth: Newtown

Service: Clerk, QMAAC

Death: May 1919, London, not known / anhysbys

Memorial: War memorial, Newtown, Montgomeryshire

Notes: Janet became a teacher but later left to join the Army Pay Corps in Chester. In the summer of 1918 she joined the clerical staff of the QMAAC and was stationed in London. Following a period of indifferent health she was admitted to a London military hospital in April 1919. She died a month later, aged 21.

Reference: WaW0016

Name of Janet Evans, QMAAC, on Newtown War Memorial

Newtown War Memorial

Name of Janet Evans, QMAAC, on Newtown War Memorial


Emily May Thomas (née Matthews)

Place of birth: Carmarthen

Service: Teacher

Death: November /1918 / Tac, Carmarthen, Influenza / y ffliw

Notes: Emily was educated at the County Girls’ School Carmarthen, and matriculated at the early age of 16. She became a teacher at the Model (Church) School in Carmarthen. In February 1918 She married Lieutenant Richard Thomas of the Machine Gun Corps, also a teacher. He was wounded in October 1918. In November, just after he came home from hospital, Emily contracted influenza and died.

Reference: WaW0423

Report of Emily Matthews’s matriculation success. Carmarthen Weekly Reporter 9th September 1910.

Newspaper report

Report of Emily Matthews’s matriculation success. Carmarthen Weekly Reporter 9th September 1910.

Report of Emily Matthews marriage to Richard Thomas. Carmarthen Weekly Reporter 15th February 1918.

Newspaper report

Report of Emily Matthews marriage to Richard Thomas. Carmarthen Weekly Reporter 15th February 1918.


Report of Lieutenant Thomas’s wounding.   Cambria Daily Leader 4th October 1918.

Newspaper report

Report of Lieutenant Thomas’s wounding. Cambria Daily Leader 4th October 1918.

Report of Emily Thomas’s death. Carmarthen Journal 22nd November 1918.

Newspaper report

Report of Emily Thomas’s death. Carmarthen Journal 22nd November 1918.


Violet Pearce

Place of birth: Swansea

Service: Booking clerk, NWR

Death: November 1918, Swansea, Influenza / y ffliw

Notes: Violet Pearce was a booking clerk at Swansea Victoria Station when she died of Spanish Influenza in early November 1918.

Reference: WaW0373

Report of the death of Violet Pearce. Cambrian Daily Leader 5th November 1918.

Newspaper report

Report of the death of Violet Pearce. Cambrian Daily Leader 5th November 1918.


Maggie Williams

Place of birth: Cwmpark ?

Service: Nurse

Death: October / Hydref 191, Chichester, Pneumonia following influenza / Niwmonia yn dilyn y ffliw

Notes: Nothing is known of Maggie Williams at present, apart from the press cutting below.

Reference: WaW0347

Report of the Death of Maggie Williams. Rhondda Leader 19th October 1918.

Newspaper report

Report of the Death of Maggie Williams. Rhondda Leader 19th October 1918.


Una McCarthy

Place of birth: Abertillery ?

Service: Nurse

Death: October/Hydref 1918, Cause not known

Notes: Nothing is currently known of Una McCarthy, whose photograph appears with others in a newspaper, possibly the Argus, headlined ‘Died on Service’.

Reference: WaW0390

Photograph of Nurse Una McCarthy 19 Marlborough Road Abertillery.

Newspaper photograph

Photograph of Nurse Una McCarthy 19 Marlborough Road Abertillery.



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