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Mary Baxter Ellis (1892–1968) by Bassano, c. 1939 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Ellis, Mary Baxter (1892–1968), commanding officer of the FANY, was born on 12 November 1892 at North Ashfield, Newcastle upon Tyne, the elder daughter in the family of four children of Joseph Baxter Ellis, grocer and miller, and his second wife, Mary Sharp Taylor...

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Franklin, Lilian Annie Margueretta (1882–1955), commanding officer of the FANY, was the only daughter (there was also one son) of William Franklin (1852–1920) of Horsham, Sussex, a wholesale merchant, and his wife, Louisa (1845–1923). The family lived for a number of years at ...

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Gamwell, (Antonia) Marian (1891–1977), volunteer ambulance driver and commanding officer of the FANY, was born on 28 July 1891 at 169 Knight's Hill Road, West Norwood, the eldest daughter of Frederick Robison Gamwell (1835–1901), an East India merchant, and his wife, Marian Antonia Bankart (1864–1922)...

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Horniblow [married name Dalton], (Emilie) Hilda (1886–1950), chief controller of Queen Mary's Army Auxiliary Corps and educationist, was born at Sheep Street, Charlbury, Oxfordshire, on 24 June 1886, the daughter of Frederick Thomas Horniblow, stationer, and his wife, Sarah Ellen, née McCulloch...

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Lewes, John Steel [Jock] (1913–1941), a founder of the Special Air Service (SAS), was born on 21 December 1913 in Calcutta, India, the first son and second of the three children of Arthur Harold Lewes (1869?–1962?), accountant, and his wife, Elsie Steel. He grew up in ...

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MacLellan, Maud Lilburn (1903–1977), commanding officer of the FANY, was born on 6 October 1903 at 37 Athole Gardens, Kelvinside, Glasgow, one of two daughters of the three children of Walter Thomas MacLellan (1858–1931), iron merchant, and his wife, Jane Adair Whyte (1868–1947)...

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McDougall [née Smith], Grace Alexandra (1887–1963), officer of the FANY, was born at 67 Dee Street, Dee Village, Aberdeen, on 3 June 1887, the fifth child of Charles Smith, master grocer and wine merchant, and his wife, Isobel Copland (d. 1919)...

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Richards, Alfred Bate (1820–1876), writer and promoter of the volunteers, was born on 17 February 1820 at Baskerville House, Worcestershire, the eldest son of John Richards of Wassell Grove, near Stourbridge, Worcestershire, who was MP for Knaresborough in the West Riding of Yorkshire...

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Simpson [née Way; other married name Leach], Dame Florence Edith Victoria (1874–1956), controller of Queen Mary's Army Auxiliary Corps, was born on 9 October 1874, possibly in London, the daughter of Colonel Wilfred Fitzalan Way. Virtually nothing is known about her early years except that her first husband was ...