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Kahan [née Langridge], Barbara Joanlocked

(1920–2000)
  • Terry Philpot

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Kahan [née Langridge], Barbara Joan (1920–2000), social worker, was born on 18 March 1920 at Station House, Horsted Keynes, Sussex, the youngest child of Alfred George Langridge, railway clerk and later station master, and his wife, Emily Kathleen, née Bromley. She grew up in a bookish home. The family's Methodism, which she later forswore for agnosticism, inculcated a strong sense of social justice and a taste for public service. She participated in her mother's local good works, and remembered the workhouse where she took part in a Christmas pantomime and the plight of the strikers and their families in 1926. In the 1930s, at her prompting, a refugee Jewish girl came to stay, who became her 'foster sister'....

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