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Barnes, Dame (Alice) Josephine Mary Taylor (1912–1999), obstetrician and gynaecologist, was born in Cliff Road, Sheringham, Norfolk, on 18 August 1912, the first of five children of Walter Wharton Barnes, a Methodist minister from Addingham, Yorkshire, and his wife, Alice Mary, formerly Ibbetson...

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Dame (Alice) Josephine Mary Taylor Barnes (1912–1999) by Nick Sinclair, 1995 © Nick Sinclair; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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D'Arcy, Dame Constance Elizabeth (1879–1950), obstetrician and gynaecologist, was born on 1 June 1879 at Rylstone, New South Wales, the fifth daughter and the youngest of the ten children of Murty D'Arcy, a sergeant of police, and his wife, Bridget Synnott. She passed the senior public examination from ...

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Lloyd [née Shufflebotham], Dame Hilda Nora (1891–1982), gynaecologist and obstetrician, was born on 11 August 1891 at 170 Moseley Road, Balsall Heath, Birmingham, the younger daughter of John Shufflebotham (d. 1937), a master grocer, and his wife, Emma Amelia Jenkins. She was a foundation scholar at ...

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McIlroy, Dame (Anne) Louise (1878–1968), obstetrician and gynaecologist, was born at Lavin House, co. Antrim, Ireland, daughter of James McIlroy, general practitioner of Ballycastle, co. Antrim. Her sister, Janie Hamilton McIlroy, became a specialist in ophthalmology. Louise McIlroy graduated MB ChB at Glasgow University...

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Puxon [née Hale], (Christine) Margaret (1915–2008), gynaecologist, obstetrician, and barrister, was born at 15 High Street, West Bromwich, Staffordshire, on 25 July 1915, the daughter of Reginald Wood Hale (1884–1971), iron merchant, and his wife, Clara Lilian, née Poulton (1887–1948). She was brought up in ...