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Davies [née Cavenaugh], Christian [Catherine] [alias Christopher or Richard Welsh; called Mother Ross] (1667–1739), female soldier, was, according to The Life and Adventures of Mrs. Christian Davies (1740), born Christian Cavenaugh in Dublin. She was raised by her parents on a farm at ...

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Hessel [née Smith], Phoebe (1713–1821), female soldier and centenarian, was probably born in Stepney, London. Her father was a 'drummer in the king's service' (Circulator, 147), but further details of her parents and upbringing are unknown. A tombstone in ...

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Dorothy Lawrence (1887/88–1964) by unknown photographer, 1915 The British Library

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Lawrence, Dorothy (1887/8–1964), journalist, soldier, and sexual impostor, was of uncertain origins, but by 1911 was a freelance journalist living in Kensington, London.

In 1914, at the start of the First World War, Lawrence was living in Paris. She contacted several British newspapers, offering to work as a war correspondent from the front line in ...

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Maclagan, Myrtle Ethel (1911–1993), cricketer and soldier, was born on 2 April 1911 in Ambala, India, the elder daughter and second of four children of Robert Smeiton Maclagan (1860–1931), army officer, and his wife, Beatrice Ethel, née Duperier. She moved to Britain in 1919 and lived at ...

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See Ogilvy, David, styled sixth earl of Airlie

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Mary Anne Talbot [John Taylor] (1778–1808) by G. Scott, pubd 1804 (after James Green) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Talbot, Mary Anne [alias John Taylor] (1778–1808), sailor and soldier, was born on 2 February 1778 at 62 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London, the youngest of her mother's sixteen children. Mary Anne was purportedly the illegitimate daughter of William Talbot, the first earl of Talbot...

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Yudenitch [Yudenich], Flora Sandes- (1876–1956), nurse and soldier in the Serbian service, was born on 22 January 1876 at Nether Poppleton, near York, the youngest daughter of the Revd Samuel Dickson Sandes (1822–1914) and his wife, Sophia Julia Besnard (d. 1911). She came from a large family, was educated by governesses, and trained as a secretary. She also received first-aid training with the ...