Mathews, Dame Vera (Elvira Sibyl Maria) Laughton
- J. M. Palmer
Mathews, DameVera (Elvira Sibyl Maria) Laughton(1888–1959), director of the Women's Royal Naval Service, was born in London 25 September 1888, daughter of (Sir) John Knox Laughton [q.v.], naval historian, notable contributor to this Dictionary, and founder of the Navy Records Society, of which he was secretary for twenty years. A child of his second marriage, with Maria Josefa, daughter of Eugenio di Alberti, of Cadiz, she inherited from her father her great love for the sea....