Amy Thomas

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 Post Office.

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 the country.

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.

Categories: Public Servants | Uncategorized | War Effort

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