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Anstey, Rhoda (1865–1936), promoter of women's physical education, was born at Jurishayes Farm near Tiverton, Devon, on 15 April 1865, the seventh of nine children and second daughter of John Walters Anstey, a yeoman farmer, and his wife, Susanna Elizabeth, née Manley. She was a natural countrywoman with a great love of the county of her birth; in 1891 she was managing the dairy on the family farm. Little else is known of her early life before she attended ...

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Applebee, Constance Mary Katherine (1873–1981), promoter of women's field hockey, was born Katherine Mary at Chigwell Row, Chigwell, Essex, on 4 June 1873, the daughter of James Kay Applebee (1827–1903), a Unitarian minister and lecturer, and his second wife, Katherine Ann Applebee, née...

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Constance Mary Katherine Applebee (1873–1981) by unknown photographer, 1901 Bryn Mawr College Library, Special Collections

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Barton, Pamela Espeut (1917–1943), golfer, was born on 4 March 1917 at 118 Castelnau, Barnes, Surrey, the daughter of Henry Charles Johnston Barton, a tea buyer, and his wife, Ethel Maude Espeut. She began playing golf at the age of twelve, with her elder sister ...

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Pamela Espeut Barton (1917–1943) by unknown photographer, 1937 © Empics

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Berk [née Heymansohn], Lieselotte [Lotte] (1913–2003), dancer and fitness trainer, was born on 17 January 1913 in Cologne, Germany, the only daughter of Jewish parents. Her Russian father, Nicolai Heymansohn, was originally a tailor and owned shops selling clothing for men. Her German mother died of a stroke when ...

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Board, Lillian Barbara (1948–1970), athlete, was born in Addington Hospital, Durban, South Africa, on 13 December 1948, the second of the three children of George Board, a builder, and his wife, Frances Eleanor, née Hamnett. She had a twin sister, Irene, born fifteen minutes after her. Her parents had emigrated from ...

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Lillian Barbara Board (1948–1970) by unknown photographer, 1968 © Empics

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Boyd, Margaret [Maggie] (1913–1993), schoolteacher and lacrosse player, was born on 17 January 1913 in Strasbourg, Alsace, Germany, the daughter and fourth of five children of Dr Harold de Haven Boyd, manager of a Manchester oil company, and his wife, Charlotte Elisabeth, née...

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Bradley, Caroline Frances (1946–1983), showjumper, was born on 4 April 1946 at North Oxford Nursing Home, 165 Banbury Road, Oxford, the younger daughter of John Thomas (Tom) Bradley, chartered surveyor and land agent, and (Frances) Doreen Good. She and her older sister, Judith...

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Burton [née Charnock], Beryl (1937–1996), cyclist, was born on 12 May 1937 at 3 Howard Avenue, Halton, Leeds, the second daughter in the family of three children of John Henry Charnock, motor engineer, and his wife, Jessie May, née Williamson. As a child she suffered from chronic ill health. Chorea and rheumatic fever kept her in hospital and then in a convalescent home for fifteen months. She had resultant speech difficulties and for a while was paralysed down one side of her body. Her education suffered and she left ...

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Butler [née Reid], Lois (1897–1970), aviator and skier, was born on 3 November 1897 at 275 Drummond Street, Montreal, Canada, the only daughter and second of the five children of Sir William Duff Reid (1866–1924) and his wife, Minnie Cormack (d...

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Callaway [née Roberts], Betty Daphne (1928–2011), figure skating coach, was born on 22 March 1928 at 125 Friar Street, Reading, Berkshire, the daughter of William Arthur Roberts, licensed victualler, later theatre manager, and his wife, Betty Theobald, née Hayward. She attended Grey Coat Hospital School...

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Cameron, Una May (1904–1987), mountaineer, was born at Rutherford House, West Linton, Peeblesshire, Scotland, on 6 May 1904, one of twin girls, the daughter of Ewen Cameron, landed proprietor, and his wife, Jeanie Dewar. The family was Scottish by descent, and its fortune was based on whisky. In adulthood this wealth enabled ...

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Campbell [married names Hurd, Howe], Dorothy Iona (1883–1945), golfer, was born on 24 March 1883 at 1 Carlton Terrace, Edinburgh, the daughter of William Campbell, a metal merchant, and his wife, Emily Mary Tipper. Her father was a native of Edinburgh...

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Carruthers [née Torrie], Pamela Isabel Jameson (1916–2009), showjumping course designer, was born on 11 August 1916 at 19 Atholl Crescent, Edinburgh, the only child of Thomas George Jameson Torrie (1880–1916), a lieutenant-colonel in the Life Guards, and his wife, Esmé Muriel, née...

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Joe Carstairs (1900–1993) by Brooke, 1925 Getty Images – Brooke