Women's Archive of Wales/Archif Menywod Cymru: Amy Goodwin Papers

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Photographs, c. 1905-1990s; Correspondence, 1922-1979; Papers relating to Amy Goodwin's period of service with the Women's Auxiliary Army Corps, 1918-1920s;

Administrative / Biographical History

By 1916, after two years of war, the number of soldiers in combat for the British Army had been reduced significantly, due in large part to high casualty rates on the Western Front. Senior officers believed the situation could be eased by taking men away from so-called 'soft jobs', including administrative work, and sending them instead to fight at the front.

The Women's Auxiliary Army Corps (WAAC) was established in January 1917. It was a voluntary service, with the women of the WAAC working in administrative and support roles. From January 1917 until the end of the First World War, more than 57,000 women served with the WAAC, and in June 1918 many were sent to support the American Expeditionary Force based as Bourges, which had come over to Europe from America with very few administrative staff.

Amy Goodwin (later Morris) served with the WAAC as a book keeper, and was one of the women sent to work with the American Expeditionary Force in Bourges. Born in Cefn Mawr, Wrexham, as Amy Emily Goodwin, she joined the WAAC in 1918 and trained in Kinmel Park before being sent to serve in France. During her time with the WAAC she was known to friends as Mickie. Amy Goodwin settled in Swansea after marrying Haydn Morris.

Arrangement

by record type, then in date order.

Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions

Other Finding Aids

A hard copy is available at the West Glamorgan Archive Service

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply.

Appraisal Information

All records received by the West Glamorgan Archive Service have been retained

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