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Mabel Mary Tunley
Place of birth: Pontypridd, 1870
Service: Acting Principal Matron, QAIMNS, 1903 - 1925
Notes: After serving in the Boer War, Mabel Tunley joined QAIMNS in 1903 as a staff nurse, rising to become Acting Principal Matron in France and Flanders during WWI. Among other awards, she received the Military Medal for 'exceptionally good work in assisting getting all the patients, 260, down to the cellars, so that when the Clearing Station was eventually hit not one of the patients received a scratch. Her cheeriness and courage were instrumental in keeping everyone who came in contact with her up to the mark. She was slightly wounded and remained at duty.' Bethune, 7th August 1916.
Mathilde Augusta Lilian Laloe
Place of birth: Carmarthen
Service: Administrator, SWH, 1916 - 1920
Notes: Lilian Laloe was the daughter of Auguste Felix Laloe, a teacher from France who became headmaster of the Queen Elixabeth Grammar School in 1874. She joined the Scottish Womens Hospitals as a cook, but was rapidly promoted to Adminstrator.
Lilian Laloe (rear, second left).
Lilian Laloe (rear, second left) with Doctors from the Scottish Women's Hospital, Salonika, 1917?.
Elsie Towyn Jones (Taylor)
Place of birth: Cwmaman
Service: Administrator, WAAC, 1917 - 19
Notes: Elsie was the elder daughter of the Rev Josiah Towyn Jones, MP for East Carmarthen. As an MP’s daughter, her name appears quite frequently in Welsh newspapers. She became an ‘Official’ in the WAAC in October 1917. After a spell as transport officer, responsible for the travel arrangements of WAACs, in March 1918 she was promoted ‘quartermistress’ of the WAAC in France, responsible for all uniform supplies. In June she survived a bombing raid, and by August was back at WAAC headquarters in London using her ‘invaluable technical knowledge’ to advise Sir Douglas Haig. She became engaged to Geoffrey Moore in February 1917.
Elsie Towyn Jones’s promotion to Administrator in August 1918, London Gazette 28th February 1919.
Margaret Irene John
Place of birth: Penygraig
Service: Administrator, lady superintendent , Womens League
Notes: Margaret John, a teacher of domestic arts in Monmouthshire, who had trained in Aberystwyth, Cardiff and London, joined the Women’s Legion in 1916 as one of their skilled cooks. After some months as Lady Superintendent in Wiltshire she was sent to France as ‘area administratrix’ in October 1917.
Report of local JP’s daughter Margaret John being posted to France. Rhondda Leader 27th October 1917.
Place of birth: Trawsfynydd, 1890?
Service: Agricultural student
Notes: Mary Evans was the sister of the poet Hedd Wyn, Ellis Humphrey Evans. She was studying at Madryn Agricultural College, near Pwllheli. This letter, written in Autumn 1917, asks for money, talks about her life, and expresses hiraeth for her late brother.
Catherine Jane (Kit) Evans (Grainger)
Place of birth: Llanasa, Flintshire
Service: Agricultural worker, Womens Land Army
Death: 1969, Cause not known
Notes: Catherine, born 1896, was one of 10 children – 6 sisters and 3 brothers. At 15, in 1911, she was working at the Afon Goch Inn, Trelogan. In 1917 she joined the WLA, and seems to have been posted to the Machynlleth area. There she met and married Pte G V Grainger of the South Lancashire Regiment in 1918. Thanks to Sue Hickman.
Photograph of Catherine Evans in WLA uniform with four of her sisters, left to right Harriet, Rebecca, Sarah and Miriam
Constance Fane Roberts
Place of birth: Llandre
Service: Army Remount Service: Gwasanaeth Ail-farchogaeth y Fyddin
Death: 1917-10-09, Motor accident/Damwain car
Memorial: Grave, Llandre, Cardiganshire
Notes: aged 22, died together with her fiance Captain Brereton Ockleston Rigby
Margaret Lindsay Williams
Place of birth: Cardiff
Notes: Trained in Cardiff and London, Margaret Lindsay Williams lobbied to become an official war artist attached to the Welsh Division in France. This was not allowed, and she was also unsuccessful in an application to work for the Department of Industry. However she devoted her time to fund—raising for the Welsh Hospital at Netley with several exhibitions. She also had several commissions for very large works. These included Cardiff Royal Infirmary during the Great War painted in 1916, and an enormous (20 x 16 foot) painting of the Welsh National Service held in Westminster Abbey in June 1918 in support of the Welsh Prisoners of War Fund.
Sources: Margaret Lindsay Williams, 1888 – 1960: Wedded to her Art. Angela Gaffney. University of Wales 1999. https://artuk.org/discover/artists/williams-margaret-lindsay-18881960
Cardiff Royal Infirmary during the Great War, 1916
The woman on the left is Elizabeth Montgomery Wilson [qv], Territorial Force Nursing Service, Principal Matron, 3rd Western Hospital. The other woman is Sister Mary Jones [qv] also Territorial Force Nursing Service.
Mary Olwen Evans
Place of birth: Llangadog, April 1896
Service: Assistant (Cook) : , QMAAC
Death: 1919-03-23, Influenza?/Y Ffliw?
Notes: aged 20, buried Ebbw Vale
Mary Ann Evans
Place of birth: Ebbw Vale
Service: Assistant cook, QMAAC
Death: 1919/03/23, Percy House Auxiliary Military Hospital, Isleworth, Middlesex, Influenza ? / Fliw ?
Notes: According to the 1911 census, Mary Ann probably came from a Welsh speaking family. Her father was a colliery foreman. She was working in Middlesex when she died, probably of influenza. Her name has recently been recorded on a commemorative headstone at Risca cemetery.