Northern Ireland’s Women at War

World War Two stories inevitably often feature men but Northern Ireland's women at war were a force to be reckoned with from the Blitz to Bletchley Park.

Women in the Services

Marjorie Wilson Anderson

Senior Commander | 192396

WARNING: This article on Senior Commander Marjorie Wilson Anderson deals with the issue of suicide. Miss Anderson died in Ballymena, Co. Antrim in 1943.

Doreen Meta Brown

Private | W/38803

Private Doreen Meta Brown of Downpatrick, Co. Down died on 6th June 1941 aged 18 years old while serving in the British Army Auxiliary Territorial Service.

Joy Clements

WAAF

Joy Clements was best known as a renowned artist influenced by Carl Gustav Jung's dream theories but during World War Two, she served in the Women's Auxiliary Air Force.

Elizabeth Joyce Coleman

Aircraftwoman 1st Class | 2145035

Aircraftwoman 1st Class Elizabeth Joyce Coleman was known as Joy. Born in Dublin, she served in the Women's Auxiliary Air Force during the Second World War.

Elizabeth Cooke

Aircraftwoman 1st Class | 2098275

On 21st November 1945, Aircraftwoman1st Class Elizabeth Cooke died in Belfast, Co. Antrim. She had served with the Women's Auxiliary Air Force in the war.

Kathleen Cuthbert

Kathleen Cuthbert

Civilian | Bletchley Park Operative

Born in Doagh, Co. Antrim, Kathleen Cuthbert went on to work on some of the highest level, top-secret work in the United Kingdom during World War Two.

Nora Hughes

Sergeant | W/758

Sergeant Nora Hughes served in the Auxiliary Territorial Service during World War Two before her death in her hometown of Belfast, Co. Antrim in March 1946.

Rebecca McCabe

Rebecca McCabe

Wren

Wren Rebecca McCabe served with HMS Caroline, Belfast from 1942-1944 before moving to the Signals Distribution Office, Belfast Castle leading up to D-Day.

Elizabeth Scott

Corporal | W/49605

Corporal Elizabeth Scott of the Auxiliary Territorial Service died on 8th August 1944. Her grave is in Carnmoney Cemetery, Newtownabbey, Co. Antrim.

Jocelyn Topping

Leading Aircraftwoman | 2165455

Leading Aircraftwoman Jocelyn Topping from Portadown, Co. Armagh died on 26th June 1947 while serving with the Women's Auxiliary Air Force after the war.

Stories of women in Northern Ireland

Matilda Violet Bleakley

Civilian

Matilda Violet Bleakley lived at 8 Thorndyke Street, Belfast. She was the wife of Thomas William Bleakley. Matilda died during the Belfast Blitz in 1941.

Mary Ann Crotty

Civilian

Mary Ann Crotty lived at 8 Thorndyke Street, Belfast. She shared a home with her sister Matilda. Both women lost their lives during the Belfast Blitz.

Douglas Family at Belfast City Cemetery

Emily Douglas

Civilian

Young mother Emily Douglas died alongside five of her young children as Luftwaffe bombs fell on North Belfast during the Belfast Blitz on 16th April 1941.

Angeline Grattan

Civilian

Angeline Grattan lived in Bangor, Co. Down with her mother and sister when she died as a result of enemy action on 16th April 1941 during the Belfast Blitz.

Matilda Lillian Grattan

Civilian

Matilda Lillian Grattan lived in Bangor, Co. Down with her family when she died as a result of enemy action on 16th April 1941 during the Belfast Blitz.

Shelagh Grattan

Civilian

Shelagh Grattan lived in Bangor, Co. Down with her mother and sister when she died as a result of enemy action on 16th April 1941 during the Belfast Blitz.

Edith Kohner

Jewish Refugee

Edith Kohner, her husband Franz, and two young children came to Northern Ireland as Jewish refugees escaping Hitler's Nazi persecution in Czechoslovakia.

Ruth Kohner

Jewish Refugee

Ruth Kohner made a life in Northern Ireland after escaping to Millisle, Co. Down in 1939 due to Nazi persecution of Jews in her homeland of Czechoslovakia.

Maureen Mathes

Civilian

Maureen Mathes left Northern Ireland in 1944. The Derry girl became the first Irish GI bride to land in America when she arrived with husband Bob Mathes.

Maria Todd

Civilian

Mrs. Maria Todd had been the organist at Tartarghan Parish Church for over 50 years when she died in a road accident during the blackout in October 1940.