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Backhouse, Margaret Ann (1887–1977), educationist and humanitarian activist, was born at The Grange, Hurworth, near Darlington, co. Durham, on 4 May 1887, the youngest but one of ten children of James Edward Backhouse (1845–1897) and his wife, Elizabeth Barclay Fowler (1849–1911). Her father was a partner in ...

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Barrington, Sir Vincent Hunter Barrington Kennett- (1844–1903), humanitarian worker and businessman, was born on 3 September 1844 at Bagna di Lucca, Italy, the eldest son of Vincent Frederick Kennett (b. 1799), a retired captain of the East India Company army, and his wife, ...

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Florence Mary Barrow (1876–1964) by unknown photographer, c. 1914 © reserved

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Barrow, Florence Mary (1876–1964), relief worker and promoter of improved housing, was born on 27 January 1876 in Birmingham, the only daughter of Richard Cadbury Barrow (1827–1894), Quaker businessman and mayor of Birmingham (1888–9), and his wife, Jane (b. 1831), daughter of the Quakers ...

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Batten, Edith Mary [Mollie] (1905–1985), welfare worker and educationist, was born in London on 8 February 1905, the third of the four children and elder daughter of Charles William Batten, general draper, of High Street, Wandsworth, London, and his wife, Edith Wallis, daughter of ...

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Beavan, Margaret (1875–1931), welfare worker and local politician, was born at 28 Bowring Street, Toxteth Park, Liverpool, Lancashire, on 1 August 1875, the eldest daughter of Jeffrey Beavan, bookkeeper and later fire insurance manager, and his wife, Ellen Catherine Williams. The Beavan children enjoyed a close family childhood in comfortable circumstances. Most of their time was spent at the family home in ...

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Buxton [née Jebb], Dorothy Frances (1881–1963), humanitarian and social activist, was born on 3 March 1881 at The Lyth, Ellesmere, Shropshire, the youngest daughter of Arthur Trevor Jebb (1839–1894), barrister and philanthropic squire, and his wife, Eglantyne Louisa Jebb (1845–1925), community worker and poet, the sister of ...

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Dame Elizabeth Mary Cadbury (1858–1951) by Elliott & Fry, 1942 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Cadbury [née Taylor], Dame Elizabeth Mary (1858–1951), welfare worker and philanthropist, was born at 3 Elm Place, Peckham Rye, London, on 24 June 1858; she was born into one Quaker family and married into a second. One of ten children of John Taylor (...

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Cashmore, Hilda (1876–1943), university teacher and welfare worker, was born on 22 August 1876 at Norton House, Norton Malreward, Somerset, the fifth of a family of six sisters. Her father was Samuel Cashmore, a merchant, and her mother was Mary, formerly Edmunds. She early became interested in political and social issues, her father being a Liberal and a free-trader. The sisters discussed politics as children and were active in local election campaigns. After an education at home in ...

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Clark, Hilda (1881–1955), physician and humanitarian aid worker, was born on 12 January 1881 at Green Bank, Street, Somerset, the youngest of the six children of William Stephens Clark (1839–1925), shoe manufacturer and social reformer, and Helen Priestman Clark (1840–1927), daughter of John Bright (1811–1889)...

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Curzon, (Mary) Irene, suo jure Baroness Ravensdale, and Baroness Ravensdale of Kedleston (1896–1966), welfare worker, was born on 20 January 1896 at 4 Carlton House Gardens, London, the eldest of the three daughters of George Nathaniel Curzon (1859–1925), and his first wife, Mary Victoria Leiter (1870–1906)...

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Drakoules [née Lambe; other married name Lewis], Alice Marie (c. 1850–1933), humanitarian and campaigner for animal welfare, was born near Brussels, the daughter of Henry Lambe. In 1876 she married William Burrows Lewis (b. 1820/21), the managing director of the Union Assurance Company...

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See Balint, Michael Maurice [formerly Mihaly Bergsmann]

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Frere, Margaret (1863–1961), welfare worker, was born on 12 August 1863, at 45 Bedford Square, Bloomsbury, London, the only child of Bartle John Laurie Frere, solicitor, and his wife, Adelaide Ellen, née Rowe. In the 1890s she was a school manager of the elementary school at ...

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Fry, (Anna) Ruth (1878–1962), pacifist and humanitarian, was born at 5 The Grove, Highgate, Middlesex, on 4 September 1878, the youngest of nine children (and the youngest of the seven daughters) of Sir Edward Fry, judge of the high court and later a judge at the ...

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Fry, Joan Mary (1862–1955), relief worker and social reformer, was born on 27 July 1862 at West Hill, Highgate, Middlesex, the second daughter of the seven daughters and two sons of the judge Sir Edward Fry (1827–1918) and his wife, Mariabella Hodgkin (1833–1930)...