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Ackroyd, Dame (Dorothy) Elizabeth [Betty] (1910–1987), civil servant and consumer rights campaigner, was born at Hydrastin House, Wilpshire, Lancashire, on 13 August 1910, the daughter of Major Charles Harris Ackroyd MC, an army officer, and his wife, Dorothy Margaret Baynes. After being educated privately, she entered ...

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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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Dame Adelaide Mary Anderson (1863–1936) by Olive Edis, 1930s © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Anderson, Dame Adelaide Mary (1863–1936), civil servant, was born on 8 April 1863 in Melbourne, Australia, the eldest child in the large family of Alexander Gavin Anderson, a Scottish shipbroker, and his wife, Blanche Emily Campbell. Her grandfather was Dr Alexander Anderson, principal of the ...

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Applebey, Mary Frances (1916–2012), civil servant and mental health campaigner, was born on 14 July 1916 at Leyden House, Mortlake, Surrey, the elder daughter and eldest of three children of Malcolm Percival Applebey (1884–1957), chemistry tutor at St John's College, Oxford, and later research manager at ...

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Ashworth [married name Jewill-Rogers], Mary Howard [May] (1863–1928), businesswoman and official typist to the houses of parliament, was born in the vicarage at Holme Abbey, Cumberland, on 10 February 1863, the eldest of seven children of Arthur Ashworth (1834–1874), vicar of Holme Cultram...

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Aves, Dame Geraldine Maitland (1898–1986), civil servant and social reformer, was born on 22 August 1898 at Jay's Hatch, a gamekeeper's cottage in a wood near the village of Bovenden, Hertfordshire, because her mother wanted her first child to be born in the depths of the country. She was the elder daughter (there were no sons) of ...

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Barker, Dame Lilian Charlotte (1874–1955), prison administrator, was born on 21 February 1874 in Islington, the fifth of seven children and youngest daughter of James Barker, tobacconist, and his wife, Caroline Williams. Educated at the local elementary school, she was trained at Whitelands College, Chelsea...

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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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Bathurst, Katherine (1862–1933), inspector of schools, was born on 10 May 1862 at Diddington, Huntingdonshire, daughter of the Revd Frederick Bathurst (1826/7–1910), who was vicar of the parish and later archdeacon of Bedford, and his first wife, Catherine Georgiana Moore (d. 1902)...

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Heather Renwick Brigstocke, Baroness Brigstocke (1929–2004) by Jane Bown, 1973 © Jane Bown

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Brigstocke [née Brown], Heather Renwick, Baroness Brigstocke (1929–2004), headmistress and public servant, was born on 2 September 1929 at Upton Lodge nursing home, Alpha Road, Birchington, Kent, the elder daughter of Flying Officer (later Squadron Leader) John Renwick Brown, and his wife, ...

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Browning [née Chadwick], Ethel (1891–1969), toxicologist and factory inspector, was born on 16 March 1891 at 36 Audlam Street, Bury, Lancashire, the daughter of James William Chadwick, cotton spinner, later a gentleman (1916), and sometime managing director of a soap factory, and his wife, ...

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Bruce, Victoria Alexandrina Katherine (1898–1951), prison governor, was born on 13 September 1898 at Kennet House, Clackmannan, the youngest by fifteen years in the family of two sons and three daughters of Alexander Hugh Bruce, sixth Lord Balfour of Burleigh (1849–1921), secretary for ...

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Bryce, Dame Isabel Graham [née Isabella Lorrain Smith] (1902–1997), public servant, was born on 30 April 1902 at Westbourne, Windsor Avenue, Belfast, the fourth of five children of James Lorrain Smith (1862–1931), a professor of pathology, and his wife, Isabella, née Meek-Edmond (...

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Cohen, Hannah Floretta (1875–1946), philanthropist and civil servant, was born at 63 Queen's Gardens, Kensington, London, on 25 May 1875, the only daughter of Sir Benjamin Louis Cohen, baronet (1844–1909). Her father was a great-grandson of Levi Barent Cohen, an Amsterdam merchant who had settled in ...