An initiative of Tipperary County Council Library Service
An initiative of Tipperary County Council Library Service

Tipperary Servicewomen in The Great War

More than 80 percent of the c.60,000  First War Army Service records for women who served between 1917-1921 were completely lost when their archive was later damaged in a German bombing raid on London in the 1940s. The number of surviving records for Irish-born women who served with the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (later Queen Mary’s Army Corps) consequently only totals just over 500 names – mostly those of lower ranking young women and, sadly, the memory of the contribution they had made in the First World War continues to be in danger of being completely sidelined and forgotten – not only by the historical record and knowledge of the general public – but even by their own descendents to-day.  It is a topic that local history and / or family history societies can help to redress. 

Drawn from every level of society and from every creed and background, these ladies had come forward from all 32 counties of Ireland to offer skills at every level of ability in addition to high-tech expertise in key areas such as the telecommunication networks in France (telegraph and telephone) which linked frontline battlefields to Army Bases. 

Listed here are the women from Tipperary who served with the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps as researched and provided by author and historian Barbara Walsh.

Members of Queen Mary’s Army Auxiliary Corps wear steel helmets while in trenches constructed for shelter in the event of an aerial attack at Rouen, France, on 18 June 1918.

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Work was categorised into separate sections:

 A = office clerks;   B = catering / cleaning;   E = Telephone & Postal Services /Lines of Communication; C = Drivers; D = Unskilled; F = Miscellaneous; G =Technical.  The higher ranking officers (the Officials /Administrators) are marked in the chart as: Off/l.

Irish author and historian Barbara Walsh has written a wonderful account of their experiences. Irish Servicewomen in the Great War: From Western Front to Roaring Twenties (Pen & Sword Books, Yorkshire and Philadelphia, 2020). When the call went out in 1917 for volunteers willing to serve both at home and on the Western Front in a newly founded Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps, young women from every province of Ireland responded just as eagerly as those from homes in Scotland, England and Wales.

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