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Colvin, Dame Mary Katherine Rosamund (1907–1988), army officer, was born on 25 October 1907 at Morleys, Shermanbury, Steyning, Sussex, the daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel (John) Forrester Farnell Colvin of the 9th Queen's Royal Lancers and his wife, Isabella Katherine McClintock Bunbury. Almost nothing is recorded of her early years except that she had the opportunity to travel widely in ...

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Dame (Mary) Frances Coulshed (1904–1998) by Walter Stoneman, 1957 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Coulshed, Dame (Mary) Frances (1904–1998), army officer, was born at 49 Lynmouth Road, Ecclesall, Sheffield, on 10 November 1904, the daughter of Wilfred Coulshed, a chemist who died when she was six years old, and his wife, Maude Mullin, a teacher. She was educated at ...

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Field [née Hodgson], Anne (1926–2011), army officer, was born on 4 April 1926 at 34 Stanger Street, Keswick, Cumberland, the daughter of Harold Derwent Hodgson (1884–1964), a former captain in the Royal Engineers who eventually ran the family building company, Isaac and Robin Hodgson Ltd...

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Anne Field (1926–2011) by unknown photographer, © Crown copyright in photograph: UK Government Art Collection

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Heaney, Sheila Anne Elizabeth (1917–1991), army officer, was born on 11 June 1917 at 5 Canning Street, Liverpool, the second of the four children of Francis James Strong Heaney (1874–1950), a consultant general surgeon who specialized in the use of radium, and his wife, ...

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Dame Mary Joan Caroline Tyrwhitt (1903–1997) by Elliott & Fry, 1951 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Tyrwhitt, Dame Mary Joan Caroline [known as Bovvy Tyrwhitt] (1903–1997), army officer, was born in Dublin on 27 December 1903, the oldest child in a family of two daughters and one son of Sir Reginald Yorke Tyrwhitt, first baronet (1870–1951), admiral of the fleet, and his wife, ...

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Tytler, Christian Helen Fraser- [née Christian Helen Shairp] (1897–1995), army officer, was born in Elie, Fife, on 23 August 1897, the only daughter and youngest of three children of John Campbell Shairp (1858–1913), advocate and sheriff, of Houston, Uphall, Linlithgow, and his wife, ...