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Bazalgette [née Seville], Louise (1845/6–1918), motorist, was born in Essex, one of the two daughters of John Seville, farmer. Little is known of her education and early life. She was resident in Marylebone, London, when she married, on 9 April 1870, George Bazalgette (1829–1885)...

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Gower [married name Fahie], Pauline Mary de Peauly (1910–1947), aviator, was born on 22 July 1910 at Tunbridge Wells, Kent, the younger of two daughters of Sir Robert Vaughan Gower (1880–1953), solicitor and Conservative MP, and his first wife, Dorothy Susie Elenor (1882–1936)...

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Harrison, (Barbara) Jane (1945–1968), air steward, was born on 24 May 1945 at 2 Kingsdale Crescent, Bradford, Yorkshire, the younger daughter of Alan Frederic Harrison (1911–1996), then a policeman and later a driving examiner, and Lena Veronica, née Adlard (1914–1955). Jane, as she was known to her family, was educated at ...

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Heath [née Peirce-Evans; other married name Eliott-Lynn], Sophie Catherine Theresa Mary, Lady Heath (1896–1939), aviator and athlete, was born at Knockaderry House, Knockaderry, near Newcastle West, co. Limerick, on 10 November 1896, the daughter of John Peirce-Evans (d. 1916), farmer, of ...

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Johnson [married name Mollison], Amy (1903–1941), aviator, was born on 1 July 1903 at 154 St George's Road, Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire, the eldest of four daughters of John William Johnson (1876-1963), a fish salesman for his father’s firm, and his wife, Amy Hodge (...

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Levitt, Dorothy Elizabeth (1882–1922), motorist and author, was born Elizabeth Levi at 11 Colvestone Crescent, Hackney, London, on 5 January 1882, the second of three daughters of Jacob Levi (1852–1934) and Julia Raphael (1856–1942). The Levi family was a prosperous and well-established Jewish family. ...

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Markham [née Clutterbuck], Beryl (1902–1986), aviator and author, was born on 26 October 1902 at Westfield House, Ashwell, Rutland, the younger child and only daughter of Charles Baldwin Clutterbuck, farmer and formerly a lieutenant in the King's Own Scottish Borderers, from which he was cashiered for absence without leave, and his wife, ...

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Rees, Sarah Jane [pseud. Cranogwen] (1839–1916), sailor, schoolmistress, and poet, was born on 9 January 1839 at Dolgoy Fach, a cottage some 2½ miles from the coastal village of Llangrannog on Cardigan Bay, from which she took her bardic name, Cranogwen. She was the youngest of three children of ...

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Shilling [married name Naylor], Beatrice (1909–1990), mechanical and aeronautical engineer, was born at Sydney House, Waterlooville, Hampshire, on 8 March 1909, the youngest of three daughters of Henry Shilling (1852–1936) and his wife, Annie (Nancy), née Dulake (1873–1954...

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Spicer [married name Pearse], Dorothy Norman (1908–1946), aviator and aeronautical engineer, was born on 31 July 1908 at Hadley Wood, Middlesex, the only daughter of Norman Spicer (d. 1936), a stockbroker, and his wife, Hilda Mary Sisterson. She was educated at the ...

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Thornton, Anne Jane (b. 1817), sailor and cross-dresser, was born in Gloucestershire, the daughter of a prosperous merchant. After her mother's death in 1823 her father moved to Donegal, Ireland, where he opened another highly successful shop. At age fifteen she met an American, ...

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Thornycroft, Blanche Coules (1873–1950), naval architect, was born at 1 St Peter’s Terrace, Hammersmith, London, on 21 December 1873, the third of seven children (five daughters and two sons) of John Isaac Thornycroft (1843–1928), shipbuilder, who was knighted in 1902, and his wife ...

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Walker, Diana Barnato [née Diana Barnato] (1918–2008), aviator, was born on 15 January 1918 at 39 Elsworthy Road, Hampstead, London, the younger daughter of Woolf Joel Barnato (1895–1948), financier and racing driver [see under Bentley Boys], and his American first wife, ...