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Newall [née Phillpotts], Dame Bertha Surtees (1877–1932), educationist and Scandinavian scholar, was born in Bedford on 25 October 1877, the second of three daughters of James Surtees Phillpotts (1839–1930), headmaster of Bedford grammar school, and his wife, Marian Hadfield Cordery (1843–1925). She was the fifth of six children to survive childhood. She apparently had little formal education, but with the extramural aid of the masters of her father's school she managed to win the gold medal of the ...

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Dame Bertha Surtees Newall (1877–1932) by J. Palmer-Clarke © National Portrait Gallery, London