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Adler, Henrietta [Nettie] (1868–1950), social worker and Jewish political activist, was born in London on 1 December 1868, the elder daughter of Rabbi Dr Hermann Adler (1839–1911) and his wife, Rachel Joseph (d. 1912). Her father was the son of Dr Nathan Marcus Adler...

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Alden, Sir Percy (1865–1944), social worker and politician, was born at Walton Street, in St Thomas's parish, Oxford, on 6 June 1865, the third of six sons (there was also a daughter) of Isaac Alden (b. 1834), a master butcher, and his wife, ...

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Bates [née Dwyer], Daisy May (1859–1951), anthropologist and social worker among Aboriginal Australians, was born around 16 October 1859, at Roscrea, co. Tipperary, Ireland, the third of four children of Edward Dwyer, shopkeeper and small farmer, and his wife Bridget, née Hunt...

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Mary Eleanor Benson (1863–1890) by Hills & Saunders, c. 1893 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Benson, Mary Eleanor [Nelly] (1863–1890), social worker and writer, was born on 16 October 1863 at Wellington College, Crowthorne, Berkshire, the elder daughter of the four sons and two daughters of Edward White Benson (1829–1896), later archbishop of Canterbury, and his wife, Mary, ...

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Bingley [née Vick], Juliet Martin, Lady Bingley (1925–2005), social worker, was born on 18 July 1925 at St Clere's Hall, Danbury, Essex, the third of four daughters of Reginald Martin Vick (1884–1971), consulting surgeon at St Bartholomew's Hospital, London, and his wife, ...

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Brill, Kenneth Henry (1911–1991), social worker, was born on 13 April 1911 at 28 Rectory Road, Barnes, Surrey, the elder of the two sons of Percy Henry Archelaus Thomas Brill (1881–1918), schoolteacher, and his wife, Charlotte Emily, née Crisp (1882–1940), also a schoolteacher and later headmistress of ...

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Butler, (Christina) Violet (1884–1982), social work trainer, was born on 25 January 1884 at 14 Norham Gardens, Oxford, the youngest child in the family of one son and three daughters of Arthur Gray Butler (1831–1909), first headmaster of Haileybury College and fellow of ...

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Catchpool, (Egerton) St John Pettifor (1890–1971), social worker, was born in Leicester on 22 August 1890, the sixth child and fourth son in the family of five sons and two daughters of Thomas Kingham Catchpool, hosiery manufacturer, and his wife, Florence Emma Pettifor...

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Chant, (Leonard Ernest) John (1938–1995), social worker, was born on 23 April 1938 at 97 Marlclose Road, Yeovil, Somerset, the only child of Leonard Joseph Chant (1908–1949), general labourer and machine operator, and his wife, Dorothy Frances, née Miller (1909–1938). His mother died six days after his birth, of peritonitis and septicaemia, and his father died of pulmonary tuberculosis when ...

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Chisnall, (James) Arthur White (1925–2006), social worker and club and concert promoter, was born on 3 June 1925 at 33 Birkenhead Avenue, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, the son of Elizabeth Goater Chisnall, of no fixed occupation, then residing at 7 Cambridge Road, Kingston upon Thames...

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Clarke, Peter William Hanwell (1948–2007), social worker and children's commissioner, was born on 7 October 1948 at the Maternity Home, Oxford Road, Llandudno, Caernarvonshire, the son of William Arthur Clarke, a captain in the army, and his wife, Jean Barbara, née Hanwell. At the time of his birth his parents lived at ...

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Clay, Rotha Mary (1878–1961), historian and social worker, was born at the vicarage, Child's Hill, Hendon, Middlesex, on 17 September 1878, one of twelve children of John Harden Clay (1848–1923), vicar of All Saints' Church, Child's Hill, and his wife, Alice Spencer, née...

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Colville [née Crewe-Milnes], Lady (Helen) Cynthia (1884–1968), courtier and social worker, was born on 20 May 1884, the third daughter of Robert Offley Ashburton Crewe-Milnes (1858–1945), Liberal politician, who the year after her birth succeeded as second Baron Houghton and who subsequently became the first and last ...

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Cooper, Joan Davies (1914–1999), social worker and civil servant, was born on 12 August 1914 at 38 Fairfield Square, Droylsden, Manchester, the only daughter and elder child of Valentine Holland Cooper (1885–1942), area manager, and Louisa Wynnefred Gardner (1885–1977), teacher. Her brother was ...

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Cosgrave [née Daly], Mary Josephine (c. 1877–1941), local administrator and social worker, was born in Naas, co. Kildare, the daughter of James William Daly and his wife, Jane. She was educated at the Convent of Mercy in Naas and later studied at ...

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Catherine Courtney, Lady Courtney of Penwith (1847–1929) by George James Coates © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Courtney [née Potter], Catherine [Kate], Lady Courtney of Penwith (1847–1929), social worker and internationalist, was born on 4 April 1847 at Gayton Hall, Herefordshire, the second of nine daughters of Richard Potter (1817–1892), railway entrepreneur and speculator, and his wife, Lawrencina, née...

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Cowan, Minna Galbraith (1878–1951), social worker and educational administrator, was born at Belmont, Paisley, on 1 May 1878 into an eminent Edinburgh legal family. Her parents were Hugh Cowan (1833–1898), sheriff-substitute for Renfrewshire and legal author, and his wife, Williamina Galbraith (1838–1920) of ...