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Cheshire [née Lloyd], Dame Mary Kathleen (1902–1972), director of the Women's Royal Naval Service, was born on 31 May 1902 at 15 Sussex Gardens, Eastbourne, Sussex, the daughter of Aloysius Joseph Lloyd, a draper, and his wife, Annie, formerly Grant. She was educated at the Ursuline convent, ...

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Drummond, Dame (Edith) Margaret (1917–1987), director of the Women's Royal Naval Service, was born on 4 September 1917 at 101 Dundonald Road, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, one of at least two daughters of Robert James Drummond, professor at the dairy school of the West of Scotland Agricultural College...

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Dame (Edith) Margaret Drummond (1917–1987) by Walter Bird, 1965 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Mathews, Dame Elvira Sibyl Maria [Vera] Laughton (1888–1959), director of the Women's Royal Naval Service, was born at 130 Sinclair Road, Hammersmith, Middlesex, on 25 September 1888, the daughter of Sir John Knox Laughton (1830–1915), naval instructor, and his second wife, Maria Josepha di Alberti (...

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Dame Elvira Sibyl Maria Laughton Mathews (1888–1959) by unknown photographer © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Woollcombe, Dame Jocelyn May (1898–1986), director of the Women's Royal Naval Service, was born on 9 May 1898 at 6 Yarborough Road, Southsea, Hampshire, the daughter of Lieutenant (later Admiral) Maurice Woollcombe (1868–1930) and his wife, Ella Margaret, daughter of Colonel Roberts. Educated at ...

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Dame Jocelyn May Woollcombe (1898–1986) by Vandyk, 1950 © National Portrait Gallery, London