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Nurse Mary Jane Hughes

Before the war, about 30% of the workforce were women and the kinds of jobs they carried out were limited. Job opportunities for women changed dramatically during the war and they were often better paid and enjoyed more independence. Nurse Mary Jane Hughes of Llanelli was one of thousands who cared for the sick and wounded during the war. Joining the Territorial Force Nursing Service, she worked at military hospitals in Bristol and Egypt and on a hospital ship, the DUNLUCE CASTLE, in the Indian Ocean. Her photograph albums at Carmarthenshire Museum are a rich record of both the challenges of her work and the opportunities she enjoyed to travel and build strong friendships. This tribute was suggested by Morrigan Mason & Elin Jones. In association with Carmarthenshire Museums.

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Nurse Mary Jane Hughes (1887–1987)

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HMHS DUNLUCE CASTLE

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Wounded ‘Sospans’, Cairo

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Ward S, HMHS DUNLUCE CASTLE

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Nurse Hughes and friends at Giza

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