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Gower [married name Beaton], Lilias Mary [Lily] (1877–1959), croquet player, was born at Barnbarroch, Wigtownshire, on 5 October 1877, the eldest daughter in the family of four daughters and two sons of Erasmus Gower (1833–1914), of Castle Malgwyn, Pembrokeshire, landowner and formerly captain in the ...

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Steel, Dorothy Dyne (1884–1965), croquet player, was born on 21 April 1884 at Woodsetts, Yorkshire, the daughter of Henry Allen Steel, vicar of Woodsetts, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Roughton. She learned to play croquet on the vicarage lawn and developed an unexciting but highly effective style. Always known by her initials, ...

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Whitmore, Walter Thomas Jones (1831–1872), promoter of croquet, was born Walter Thomas Whitmore Jones at Chastleton House, Oxfordshire, on 13 March 1831, the third child of eight of John Henry Whitmore Jones (1797–1853) and his wife, Dorothy, née Clutton (c.1800–1862). He was educated at ...