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Violet Attlee (1895–1965), by Bassano Ltd, 1946

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Attlee [née Millar], Violet Helen, Countess Attlee (1895–1965), charity fund-raiser and prime minister’s wife, was born at Heathdown, East Heath Road, Hampstead, on 20 November 1895, the youngest of eleven children of Henry Edward Millar (1856–1912), a commission merchant in import/export trade, and his wife, ...

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Margaret Lloyd George (1866–1941), by Bassano Ltd, 1924

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Lloyd George [née Owen], Margaret (1866–1941), politician and charity worker, was born on her family’s farm, Mynydd Ednyfed Fawr, near Cricieth, Caernarfonshire, on 3 November 1864. She was the only child of Richard Owen, a prosperous tenant farmer and ‘offspring of landed gentry stock’ (Lloyd George, 37), and his wife ...

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Millie Miller (1922–1977), by Dennis Oulds, 1974 [L-R: Helene Hayman, Joan Maynard, and Millie Miller]

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Miller [née Haring], Millie (1922–1977), social worker and politician, was born at 9 Windsor Terrace, Hoxton, London, on 8 April 1922, the fourth of five children of Barney Haring (1881–1947), diamond polisher, and his wife, Sarah, née Zomerplaag (...

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Wright, Sheila Rosemary Rivers (1925–2013), social worker and politician, was born in Cawnpore (now Kanpur), Uttar Pradesh, India, on 22 March 1925, the only child of Daniel Rivers Wright (1881–1937), police inspector general, and his second wife, Frances Grace, née...