Alice Amy Thomas was born in Lampeter Velfrey,
Pembrokeshire in 1903. When her father was appointed Station Master, the family
moved to Saundersfoot and Amy went on to work as a counter clerk at the village
One of her responsibilities during these final
days of the First World War, (while still in her teens) was to operate the
telephone switchboard at the back of the Post Office. This would involve
connecting incoming calls with larger telephone exchanges at key centres across
After the war, as the popularity of the
telephone system grew, Amy was transferred to Swansea Telephone Exchange on
Wind Street where she worked as a telephonist. She subsequently worked in
Tredegar, Newport and Mumbles before returning to Swansea in 1929 where she was
later promoted to supervisor.
By 1950, Amy was working as Chief Supervisor in
Swansea. Twelve years later she was living at Ravenhill Road, Fforestfach and
was awarded the Imperial Service Medal for her contribution to the growing
communications network in Wales. She retired the same year and died in 1982.
With thanks to Guy Thomas.