The Trust has been contacted by a researcher on military intelligence in the first world war regarding Mabel Dymond Peel, who lived in WGC just before/at the time of her death.
She was listed as a resident in WGC Directories 1937 & 1938 and her death announced on the front page of the Welwyn Times, 3 Feb 1938, under the heading Remarkable War Service. “The funeral took place on Friday last, at Lindlow, near Wilmslow, of Miss Mabel Dymond Peel, MA, who died on Tuesday last week. For two years she had lived at No. 5 Mannicotts, and was well known in the town as a teacher of languages. Less well known, however, was her remarkable record in the Great War, although her comrades in the local branch of the British Legion deeply esteemed her and will miss her greatly. Some of her War experiences, as an intelligence officer, were told in a scarce and fascinating little book “The Story of the Hush-Hush Waacs" published some years ago. One of her post-war achievements was the establishing of a branch of the Legion at Rouen, where several ex-British soldiers established themselves after the war, and last Sunday at morning service at All Saints Church, Rouen, a tribute to her memory was paid by the Rev Charles Ross, Honorary President of the Rouen branch of the Legion.” The Welwyn Times of 3 Feb 1938 is shown here courtesy of Welwyn Hatfield Times.