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Letter from Sir David Cannadine

November 2018

This update adds 17 biographies, accompanied by 3 portrait likenesses. The particular focus is on the first generation of women admitted to the legal profession in the United Kingdom following the passage of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act in 1919. These newly-added lives have been curated by Dr Judith Bourne of St Mary’s University, Twickenham.   

Harry Patch

Image result for Henry John Patch (1898–2009) by Peter Macdiarmid, 2008 [with Henry Allingham (left) and William Stone (right), Armistice Day service, 2008]Harry Patch (d. 2009), one of the last survivors of the First World War, with Henry Allingham, William Stone, Claude Choules, and Florence Green. 



NOVEMBER 9, 2018

100th Anniversary of Armistice Day

100 years after the end of the First World War, the Oxford DNB presents the life stories of men and women who shaped the conflict and its aftermath.

NOVEMBER 8, 2018

What's new: November 2018

 The latest update, curated by Dr Judith Bourne of St Mary’s University, Twickenham, adds the lives of 17 women involved in the movement to admit women to the legal profession. 

OCTOBER 10, 2018

What's new: October 2018

Discover the global lives and biographies of people connected with communism