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Femina Patriae Defensor: (literally) 'Woman in Service of Her Country'

Despite the title being in Latin, the book is written wholly in French (only) and has never been translated into English.

This very rare book published by the ‘Women’s Auxiliary of the Federation Interalliée des Anciens Combattants (FIDAC)’ in 1934, details some heroic acts and also Includes rolls of honour for Belgium, France, Great Britain, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Czechoslovakia, the United States of America and Yugoslavia.

Women from all walks of life and occupations are here and this includes nurses (of official and non official organisations), munitions workers, and those serving in uniform in the rear lines of the allied armies in the field.

A definitive source of information and one of the only contemporary books produced to officially recognise womens efforts in the allied war effort.

The entire original volume can be seen in our online historic documents library here 

The Database we have created allows searchers to easily find all 1500+ of those women mentioned in the rolls of honour and includes:

  • Name

  • organisation

  • date of death

  • remarks

Although sadly scant on detail this is the only roll of all women who died in allied war service during WWI.

In a few cases, mostly in the other allied nations, there is far more information about individuals contained within the rest of the book.

The articles covering British Women start on page 67 and run to page 92 with a preface by Countess (Florence) Gwendoline Jellicoe (the wife of Lord Jellicoe the famous Naval commander of the Jutland fleet) on page 65.

Records in this collection are likely to include the following:

Please be aware that due to the way we collate, and cross reference our databases, some records will contain more information than that listed above.

Original Source: Transcribed with images of the original 1st edition book 'Femina Patriae Defensor'

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