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Anstey, Rhoda (1865–1936), promoter of women's physical education, was born at Jurishayes Farm near Tiverton, Devon, on 15 April 1865, the seventh of nine children and second daughter of John Walters Anstey, a yeoman farmer, and his wife, Susanna Elizabeth, née Manley. She was a natural countrywoman with a great love of the county of her birth; in 1891 she was managing the dairy on the family farm. Little else is known of her early life before she attended ...

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Dyson, Geoffrey Harry George (1914–1981), athlete and teacher of physical education, was born at 18 Tarbert Road, Camberwell, London, on 22 June 1914, the son of Harry Arthur Dyson, photographer's assistant, and his wife, Edith Alice, née Sewell. He ran away from home at the age of fifteen, and after doing odd jobs including selling newspapers on the streets of ...

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Geoffrey Harry George Dyson (1914–1981) by unknown photographer, c.1955 © Illustrated London News Ltd / Mary Evans

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Marsh, Irene Mabel (1875–1938), promoter of women's physical education, was born at 13 Grey Road, Walton, Lancashire, on 3 December 1875, the second daughter and the third in the family of ten children of Peter Walter Marsh, and his wife, Anne Caroline, née...

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Wilkie [formerly Wilke], Dorette (1867–1930), promoter of women's physical education, was born at Stendal, Magdeburg, Prussia, on 14 June 1867, the daughter of Friedrich Wilke, a cork merchant who was a Polish refugee in Germany, and his wife, Dorothea. She came to ...

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Wright, Gladys Frances Miriam (1891–1980), promoter of women's physical education, was born at High Street, West Malling, Kent, on 8 July 1891, the second child and first daughter in the family of three sons and two daughters of Edward Henry Wright, master grocer, and his wife, ...