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Jacky Kingsley

Women in the young MENS Christian Association

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Jacky Kingsley

I have not been drinking but I accidently discovered several women were in the Young Men's Christian Association. My list is incomplete I expect because I did not delve too deeply but I found:

McARTHUR Margaret Maude buried at Etaples

PEARTON Edith Buried at St Sever

PICKFORD Emily Ada buried at Abbeville

ROWE Edith Fanny buried at Abbeville

STEVENSON Bertha Gavin (Betty) buried at Etaples -this lady has been mentioned before

Why did the women have to join the Men's branch of the organisation? I presume they helped in various capacities in hospitals, comforting the injured, writing letters for those unable to write their own, cleaning, etc.

Jacky

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Terry_Reeves

Jacky

I think it was rather a "all hands to the pump" situation than one of gender . The YMCA also ran huts which sold various everyday items, provided tea ect, and held occasional film shows and so forth.

Terry Reeves

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royalredcross

Yes, it wasn't so much a case of women being in the YMCA as supporting the war effort by working for it in the huts which provided facilities (without intoxicants) behing the lines. These provided drinks, magazines, people to talk to, writing materials etc. etc.

Norman

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Jim Strawbridge

The final one to add to the list is :-

E. Margaret Nisbet

If you then look to the USA you will find :-

Elizabeth A. Brubaker (buried at Suresnes)

Alice J. Knight (buried Oise-Aisne)

Lorraine Ransome (buried at Oise Aisne)

Nellie Robinson (buried at Suresnes)

These were all secretaries with the YMCA and died 1919/20.

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Jacky Kingsley

Thank you very much every one.

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Marilyne

This just helped me complete the list for ABBEVILLE.... I think... I might still be missing one...

 

M.

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