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Mary Sophia Allen (1878–1964) by Mrs Albert Broom, 1916 [centre, with members of the women police] © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Allen, Mary Sophia (1878–1964), police officer, was born on 12 March 1878 at 2 Marlborough Terrace, Newport Road, Roath, Glamorgan, the daughter of Thomas Isaac Allen, a superintendent of the Great Western Railway, and his wife, Margaret Sophia Carlyle. Her sister, Mrs Hampton...

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Bather, Elizabeth Constance (1904–1988), police officer, was born on 11 October 1904 in Winchester, Hampshire, the daughter of the Revd Arthur George Bather, a housemaster at Winchester College, Hampshire, and his wife, Lilian Dundas Firth. She was educated at St Swithun's School, Winchester...

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Shirley Cameron Becke (1917–2011) by Jeremy Mcgovren, c.1970s The Times / NI Syndication

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Becke [née Jennings], Shirley Cameron (1917–2011), police officer, was born on 29 April 1917 at 53 Cambridge Road, Chiswick, London, the daughter of George Louis Jennings (1878–1950), gas engineer, and his wife, Marion Lillian, née Cameron (1884–1968). She was educated at home and then at ...

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Dawson, Margaret Mary Damer (1873–1920), a founder of the Women's Police Service, was born at 1 York Road, Hove, Sussex, on 12 June 1873, the daughter of Richard Dawson (b. 1829/30), a surgeon, and his wife, Agnes Baird Hemming (1851/2–1926), who in 1914, following her husband's death, married ...

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Yvonne Joyce Fletcher (1958–1984) by unknown photographer, 1984 Rex Features

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Fletcher, Yvonne Joyce (1958–1984), police officer, was born on 15 June 1958 at 4 Kingsettle Estate, Semley, Wiltshire, the eldest of four daughters of Michael Henry James Fletcher, timber feller, and his wife, Queenie May, née Troke. Brought up in Semley, where she sang in the church choir, she was educated nearby at ...

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Kitchen, Jane (d. 1658), farmer and parish constable, lived in Upton by Southwell in Nottinghamshire. Nothing is known of her early life. In 1619 she married John Kitchen (d. 1643), yeoman and churchwarden, son of John Kitchen of Upton, outside the parish of ...

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Peto, Dorothy Olivia Georgiana (1886–1974), police officer, was born at Littlecroft, Emery Down, Lyndhurst, Hampshire, on 15 December 1886, the second daughter in the family of two sons and four daughters of Morton Kelsall Peto (1845–1921), a partner in the family building business who was also known as a landscape artist, and his wife, ...

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Stanley [née Croll Dalgairns], Sofia Annie (1873–1953), police officer, was born on 28 January 1873 in Palermo, Sicily, the eldest child in the family of two daughters and two sons of Annie Marie Christine Waygood (who was born Seager; 1851–1936) and her husband, ...

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Sofia Annie Stanley (1873–1953), by Bassano Ltd, 1920

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Vitré, Barbara Mary Denis de (1905–1960), police officer, was born at Eling Farm, Hampstead Norris, Berkshire, on 6 November 1905, the youngest daughter of George Theodosius Denis de Vitré (1861/2–1932), estate manager, and his wife, Harriet Isabel, née Beeching (1866–1955). After a boarding-school education at ...

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Watson [née Wall], Edith Mary (1888–1966), suffragist and police officer, was born on 6 November 1888, in the infirmary, Hackney union workhouse, the illegitimate daughter of Martha Wall, a domestic servant. With her mother and stepfamily, Edith lived in Marylebone, helping with her mother's sweated labour, sewing buttons on shirts. She was educated at ...

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Wells [née Perry], Nesta Helen (1892–1986), physician and police surgeon, was born on 9 July 1892 at 71 Waterloo Road, Wolverhampton, the daughter of Herbert Edward Perry, a mineral water manufacturer who later became a Unitarian minister, and his wife, Edith Grafton Hopkins...

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Lilian Mary Elizabeth Wyles (1885–1975) by unknown photographer, c. 1919–21 The Metropolitan Police Historical Collection

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Wyles, Lilian Mary Elizabeth (1885–1975), police officer, was born at North Road, Bourne, Lincolnshire, on 31 August 1885, the daughter of Joseph Wyles, brewer, and his wife, Julia Grylls, née Symons. After education at Thanet Hall, Margate, and at a finishing school in ...