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Mildenhall and District Museum

Forgotten Soldiers: The Diverse Roles of Women and Black Men in World War One

This is the museum where I learned a great deal about World War 1. When at that museum, I took part in a presentation called Discover Reflections, and Memories of the Great War (Mildenhall Museum Staff, 2014) in which we performed poems, letters, and sketches when at that museum. I wanted to add some diversity in the presentation by adding women and black men. In that presentation and this project I wanted to show people who were not commended by the public for different reasons.

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Title:

Photograph of black* war nurses, ca. 1919

Description:

Capturing the 9 black nurses working at the Camp Sherman Base Hospital: Clara A. Rollins, Sophia A. Hill, Marion H. Brown, Lillian F. Ball, S. Milward Boulding; N. Jeannette Minnis, Lillian Spears, Aileen B. Cole, and C. Jeannet West.


Type:

Sepia Photo


Source:

The David Graham Du Bois Trust


Coverage:

Camp Sherman (Ohio), United States


Creator:

Mattie McGhee


Rights:

All rights for this document are held by the David Graham Du Bois Trust. Requests to publish, redistribute, or replicate this material should be addressed to Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

Date:

1919

Format:

One photograph ; 12.7 x 17.78 cm

Provenance:

The nurses were not allowed by the Red Cross because they were black.

(*This was not the term on the website, the word was vile to me. So, until this changes at the Trust I am leaving it.)

Photograph of Black Women war nurses

Postcard - Tom to Molly, 'Souvenir of the Great War', Embroidered, World War I, 1914-1918.

Title:

Postcard - Tom to Molly, 'Souvenir of the Great War', Embroidered, World War I, 1914-1918

Description:

Embroidered in turquoise Gothic text on the front of the postcard: 'Souvenir of the Great War' Printed in purple ink on the back of the postcard in the centre: 'CARTE POSTALE / POST CARD ; POSTKAART / CORRESPONDANCE ; ADDRESS' Hand-written, in pencil on the back of the postcard: 'Dear Molly / Just a line to let you know / I am well & in the best of health / Hoping you are the same. Hoping / you will like this card. I will remain / XXXX Your Loving Cousin Tom' Printed in black ink on the front of an attached rectangular card: 'Souvenir / from France'


Type:

Embroidered Postcard, Image


Source:

Museum Victoria Collection


Coverage:

France


Creator:

"Tom"to "Molly"


Rights:

N/A


Date:

1914 - 1918


Format:

Embroidered Postcard


Provenance:

According to the Australian War Memorial, the popularity of embroidered postcards (first made for the Paris Exposition in 1900) peaked during World War I. Many were 'embroidered by French women in their homes and then sent to the factories for cutting and mounting on postcards'. Common themes included family, remembrance, liberty, unity and war souvenirs.

Tom to Molly, 'Souvenir of the Great War

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Title:

Perhaps --

Creator:

Brittain, Vera (1893-1970)

Description:

Poem


Type:

Folio


Source:

The Vera Brittain Digital Fonds
Coverage: World War One, The Front


Rights:

The digitised Vera Brittain material may be used for educational purposes only and remains the copyright at all times of the Literary Executors for the Vera Brittain Estate, 1970 and The Vera Brittain Fonds, McMaster University Library. In any distribution or display of the material this acknowledgment must be clearly indicated.


Date:

1918

Format:

Paper

Provenance:

Ms. Britton decided to go over and become a volunteer nurse because her brother and her fiancée went. Even though she was high class in her birth, she didn't care.

Perhaps

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Title:

Shipbuilding during the First World War


Description:

Female workers heat rivets in a portable furnace at the Harland and Wolff shipbuilding yard at Govan along the River Clyde in Scotland during the First World War.

Type:

Photograph

Source:

http://media.iwm.org.uk/iwm/mediaLib//57/media-57021/large.jpg


Coverage:

Glasgow Shipyards, Scotland


Creator:

Nicholls Horace


Rights:

This image was created and released by the Imperial War Museum on the IWM Non-Commercial License. The photograph was taken by a member of the forces during their active service duties in the First World War, and became covered by Crown Copyright provisions and so faithful reproductions may be reused under that licence, which is considered expired after 50 years.


Date:

1914


Format:

Photograph


Provenance:

Imperial War Museum Photograph Archive Collection

The Shipbuilding Industry during the First World War

World War I Croix de Guerre medal.jpg

Title:

A French World War I Croix de Guerre medal

Description:

A World War I Croix de Guerre medal awarded to the 369th Infantry Regiment. The medal consists of a Florentine bronze cross patée, with two crossed swords between the arms. The center of the front side shows the profile of a young woman wearing a Phrygian cap. The words "République française" encircle the portrait. Embossed on the back of the medal is “1914 / 1918.” The cross shaped medal is attached to a green ribbon with seven vertical red stripes.


Type:

Medals


Source:

http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd54bd2b64a-6376-48da-a328-0b8adcf8c632

Coverage:

France, Europe


Creator:

Albert Bartholomé, French, 1848 - 1928


Rights:

No Known Copyright Restrictions


Date:

1918


Format:

Bronze and Ribbon


Provenance:

First person(s) to receive a French medal

Exceeding Expectations

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Title:

Suffragette stands tall with her banner

Description:

Suffragette banner. One of the banners, the women who picketed the White House .

Type:

Photo


Source:

The National Archives


Coverage:

White House, Washington D.C.., United States


Creator:

Harris and Ewing


Rights:

Restricted - Possibly
Specific Use Restriction: Copyright
Note: Photographs taken by commercial sources may be copyrighted.


Date:

1917 - 1918


Format:

Photographic Print


Provenance:

Suffragettes reminding the President what is happening in the world.

Satisfaction Guaranteed

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Title:

English women munition workers


Description:

Photograph shows a group portrait of English women who worked in munitions factories during World War I. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2012)


Type:

Glass Negatives


Source:

Bain News Service photograph collection


Coverage:

England


Creator:

Bain News Service


Rights:

No known restrictions on publication. For more information, see George Grantham Bain Collection - Rights and Restrictions Information https://www.loc.gov/rr/print/res/274_bain.html


Date:

1914 and ca. 1915


Format:

One negative : glass ; 5 x 7 in. or smaller.


Provenance:

On the Jeremy Paxum clip, he tells us the munitions women were doing a dangous job working with unexploded bombs.

Committed to Quality

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Title:

Miss Cavell fusillée par les Allemands à Bruxelles le 12 octobre 1915


Description:

Print shows an angel kneeling beside picture of Edith Louisa Cavell, an English nurse, who was executed by the Germans in WWI for protecting and hiding Allied soldiers in a Brussels' hospital.


Type:

Poster


Source:

French World War I posters


Coverage:

France


Creator:

Paris : Société des Etablts, Minot


Rights:

No known restrictions on publication. For information see "World War I Posters" https://www.loc.gov/rr/print/res/243_wwipos.html


Date:

1915


Format:

One print (poster) : lithograph, color ; 60 x 40 cm.


Provenance:

Ms. Cavell actual healed every soldier that came to her.