St Mary Bourne At War 1914-1918
This uniform was worn by Adeline Abbott for civilian war work during the First World War. The jacket is of the type worn by volunteers of the Women's Reserve Ambulance (known as the 'Green Cross Corps'). Adeline lived in Bournemouth at the time, and was 20 years old when war broke out in 1914 via National Costuming Museum - Bath (UK)
Charlotte Isabella Gwynne-Vaughan, GBE was a prominent British botanist and mycologist. In 1917, she was appointed Controller of the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps in France, alongside Mona Chalmers-Watson, Chief Controller of the WAAC in London For her service she became the first woman to receive a military CBE in 1918. She served as Commandant of the Women's Royal Air Force (WRAF) from September 1918 until December 1919. She received her DBE in 1919.
During the First World War, Almina, the 5th Countess of Carnarvon, transformed the Castle into a hospital, and patients began to arrive from Flanders in September 1914. She became an adept nurse and a skilled healer and hundreds of letters from patients and their families bear testament to her untiring work and spirit of generosity. The Castle returned to a private home and in 1922 the 5th Earl of Carnarvon and Howard Carter discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun, the first global world media event.
1935 - "Like all other great organisations the Post Office had difficulty maintaining its staff when the Great War took many of its workers to military service. Thousands of women and girls were recruited and the Postwoman, in her neat blue serge tunic and skirt and blue straw hat, became a familiar figure all over [Britain]. As the men returned/ after the War the number of post-women dwindled until there now remain about 570, working part-time where suitable male labour is not available.'.