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Model [née Sichel], Alice Isabella (1856–1943), philanthropist and family welfare worker, was born on 13 November 1856 at 27 Priory Road, Kilburn, London, the daughter of Gustavus Sichel, an Australian merchant, and his wife, Henriette Goldschmidt. A middle-class family, they resided in ...


Rayner [née Berkovitch], Claire Berenice (1931–2010), writer, broadcaster, and social campaigner, was born at 24 Underwood Street, Stepney, London, on 22 January 1931, the eldest daughter of Percy (later Peter) Berkovitch (1909–1982), journeyman tailor, and his wife, Betty, née Dion (1910–1982). The family moved around a lot, mostly dodging the bailiffs, before the start of the Second World War. In 1940 ...


Claire Berenice Rayner (1931–2010) by Eamonn McCabe, 2002 © Eamonn McCabe