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Alden, Sir Percy (1865–1944), social worker and politician, was born at Walton Street, in St Thomas's parish, Oxford, on 6 June 1865, the third of six sons (there was also a daughter) of Isaac Alden (b. 1834), a master butcher, and his wife, ...

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Catchpool, (Egerton) St John Pettifor (1890–1971), social worker, was born in Leicester on 22 August 1890, the sixth child and fourth son in the family of five sons and two daughters of Thomas Kingham Catchpool, hosiery manufacturer, and his wife, Florence Emma Pettifor...

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Courtney [née Potter], Catherine [Kate], Lady Courtney of Penwith (1847–1929), social worker and internationalist, was born on 4 April 1847 at Gayton Hall, Herefordshire, the second of nine daughters of Richard Potter (1817–1892), railway entrepreneur and speculator, and his wife, Lawrencina, née...

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Catherine Courtney, Lady Courtney of Penwith (1847–1929) by George James Coates © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hughes, Mary (1860–1941), social worker, was born on 29 February 1860 at 80 Park Street, Mayfair, London, the youngest of the nine children (four daughters and five sons) of the Christian socialist Thomas Hughes (1822–1896), author of Tom Brown's Schooldays, and his wife, ...

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Jones, Enid Wyn [née Enid Williams] (1909–1967), religious and social worker, was born in Wrexham, Denbighshire, on 17 January 1909, the only daughter of Dr David Llewelyn Williams (1870–1947), medical officer of health for Wrexham, and his wife, Margaret (née Price...

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Rendel, Leila Margaret (1882–1969), social worker and children's campaigner, was born on 11 October 1882 at 1 Palace Gardens Terrace, Kensington, London, the eldest child of William Stuart Rendel, civil engineer, and his wife, Ruth Frances, daughter of the publisher Kegan Paul. Her sister, ...

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Torrie [née Dighton], (Ellen) Margaret (1912–1999), social worker and charity founder, was born on 17 March 1912 at 61 Melrose Avenue, Wimbledon, London, the daughter of Ernest John Cornfield Dighton, a civil servant in the Board of Education, and his Swiss wife, ...

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Wills, (William) David (1903–1980), social worker, was born on 11 December 1903 at 5 Richards Terrace, Swansea, the son of Charles Alfred Wills, insurance superintendent, and his wife, Susan Emily, née Hewstone. It was 'a pious household and we were all taught to be do-gooders', he said (...