WOMEN’S ROLL OF HONOUR
We know of 25 Norfolk women in uniformed service who died in or as a result of the First World War. Most are commemorated on various memorials including The Diocese of Norwich and the Great War 1914-1918 Book of Remembrance, the Women’s National Memorial Screen in York Minster and on local war memorials.
After Armistice in 1918, many women continued to serve until the early 1920s and some died of health problems related to their service long after the war had ended. For some of those remembered their connection to Norfolk is not apparent, while for others, Norfolk born and bred, their names have, until now, only been remembered by their families. Their inclusion on this Roll of Honour commemorates their sacrifice for the first time. There may be other Norfolk women whose names we have yet to discover.
Collectively these 25 women were awarded various medals and awards. These include the 1914-1915 Star, the British War Medal, the Victory Medal and the Associate of the Royal Red Cross. We also know, thanks largely to descendants, that some of the 25 women had Memorial Plaques, commonly referred to as Death Plaques or Death Pennies. These were bronze plaques issued to the next of kin of service personnel who were killed as a result of war. Memorial Plaques continued to be issued into the 1930s to commemorate people who died as a consequence of war and 600 were issued to women.
Click on the names below to read the individual stories of these remarkable women.
Roll of Honour
Astell. Frances Ethel. TFNS. Died 1917. Age 38.
Burton-Fanning. Beris Selena Frances. BRCS. Died 1916. Age 22.
Cavell. Edith. BRCS. Died 1915. Age 49.
Cobb. Gladys Helen. QMAAC. Died 1919. Age 23.
Davey. Violet Elizabeth. WRAF. Died 1919. Age 25.
Duffen. Lilian Silver. TFNS. Died 1926. Age 47.
Easter. Ivy Hilda Lavinia. WRAF. Died 1921. Age 22.
Easter. Stella Irene. WRAF. Died 1921. Age 21.
Frost. Minna. TFNS. Died 1918. Age 29.
Garman. Blanche Elizabeth. WLA. Died 1919. Age 21.
Goldsmith. Amy Alice Victoria. TFNS. Died 1919. Age 32.
Goodwin (nee Harvey). Barbara Ellen. WRAF. Died 1918. Age 24.
Hall. Susannah/Annie. QMAAC. Died 1919. Age 30.
Humphrey. Elsie Margaret. TFNS. Died 1920. Age 32.
Long. Alice. QAIMNS. Died 1918. Age 36.
Martin-Jones (nee Jones). Rose Alyce. BRCS. Died 1918. Age 46.
Matthews. Mary Maria. QMAAC. Died 1919. Age 28.
Meal. Violet. QMAAC. Died 1920. Age 31.
Murrell. Evelyn Irene. WRAF. Died 1918. Age 23.
Raines. Alvinia May. BRCS. Died 1927. Age 35.
Rodwell. Mary Ann. QAIMNS. Died 1915. Age 40.
Strange. Alice Marian. BRCS. Died 1921. Age 21.
Wakefield. Jessie Emily. TFNS. Died 1919. Age 39.
Webb. Gladys May. WRAF. Died 1934. Age 36.
Whall. Anna Marjorie. QMAAC. Died 1918. Age 36.
Key: BRCS: British Red Cross Society; QAIMNS: Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service; QMAAC: Queen Mary’s Army Auxiliary Corps; TFNS: Territorial Force Nursing Service; WLA: Women’s Land Army; WRAF: Women’s Royal Air Force.