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1939-1945

 

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E.R. Bamber   to  H.M.A. Buckmaster
Bamber,
Elizabeth Reid (née Halliday)
(Mrs.)
Mrs. E.R. Bamber
Married (27.03.1943, Cathedral Church of All Saints, Cairo) Lt. Alexander Thomson Bamber, RM.
16.07.1917
-
Wren
?
3/O
16.03.1941
A/2/O
01.12.1943
2/O
1944?, seniority 01.12.1943 (reld < 04.1946)
?
-
(12.1941)
HMS Ferret (RN base, Londonderry)
11.04.1942
-
(10.)1943
HMS Nile (RN Base, Alexandria, Egypt)
18.10.1943
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(04.)1944
HMS Moreta (RN base, Haifa)
(10.1944)
 
 
no appointment listed
(07.1945)
 
 
no appointment listed
Barclay,
Madeleine
(Miss)
Miss M. Barclay
Born as Madeleine Victorine Bayard.
Daughter of Adele Suzanne Bayard, of Santeny, France.

21.02.1911
Paris, France
-
01.01.1943
(KIA) [age 31]
[Portsmouth Naval Memorial, panel 80, column 2]
1/O
?
1940
-
01.01.1943
was on the French merchant vessel "Le Rhin" with which she escaped to the UK, being renamed HMS Fidelity (special service vessel) and serving on SOE operations; she was commissioned in the WRNS and was killed when the ship was topedoed & sunk by U-435 off the Azores
Bate,
Kathleen Hay (née Douglas)
(Mrs.)
Mrs. K.H.D. Bate
21.10.1900
-
09.2001
West Berks, Berkshire
C/O
13.05.1942
       
Bell,
Grace [Ellen Effingham] (née Laughton)
(Mrs)
Mrs. G.L. Bell (Photo courtesy of Rosemary Hodge) G.L. Bell (© Imperial War Museum (A 29197))
Youngest daughter (with three brothers and one sister) of Sir John Knox Laughton, KCB (1830-1915), and his 2nd wife Maria Josepha de Los Angeles de Alberti (1863?-1946).
Sister of Dir. Dame Vera Laugton Mathews, DBE, WRNS.
Married 1st (1915) John Russell Little (1893-1917; killed in action).
Married 2nd (26.08.1918, Broxwood, Herefordshire) Harry Graham Bell (20.10.1888 - 02.1950), eldest son of Maj. & Mrs Bell, of Chepstow; three sons (Maj. Hubert Graham Bell, MBE).
28.12.1889
Hammersmith, London
-
10.12.1975
Fuengirola, Spain
[English Cemetery, Malaga] (died following a fall when her walking stick broke)
1/O 07.09.1939
C/O 29.04.1940
Supt. 03.04.1942
Commander of the Order of the British Empire (Military Division) CBE 01.01.1946 New Year 46 [investiture 23.07.46]
Education: Convent Schools; King's College, London University.
1915 - 1919 Women's Forestry Corps (Travelling Officer for Wales and West of England)
09.1939 - 01.1946 Women's Royal Naval Service:
(04.1940) - (02.)1941 HMS President III (HQ for personnel serving at defensively equipped merchant ships)
1941 - (12.1941) HMS Lucifer (RN base, Swansea)
03.04.1942 - (10.)1944 on Staff of Commander-in-Chief, The Nore [HMS Pembroke (RN base, Chatham)]
17.11.1944 - (07.1945) on Staff of Commander-in-Chief, Western Approaches [HMS Eaglet (RN base, Liverpool)]
Becquet,
Joy May
(Miss)
see: Lough,
Joy May (née Becquet)
(Mrs)
 
Binyon,
Dorothy Perkins
(née Tayler)
(Mrs)
Mrs D.P. Binyon, née Tayler (Photo courtesy of Mr Bob Gerritsen)

Youngest daughter of Dr. Frederic Ernest Tayler, JP, and Mary Louisa Crisford, of Trowbridge, Wiltshire.

Married 1st (30.01.1943, Parish Church, Trowbridge) Lt. Roger Basil Binyon, Royal Engineers (08.12.1914 - 24.09.1944); one son. Married 2nd (26.06.1953, Parish Church, Hayes, Bromley district, Kent) Eric W. Huggins (1918? - ).
10.12.1918
Melksham district, Dorset
-
22.02.2010
Southwold district, Suffolk
A/3/O 14.12.1942
3/O 1943?, seniority 14.12.1942 (reld 06.06.1945; compassionate grounds)
(02.1943)     HMS Blackcap (RN Air Station, Stretton, Warrington, Lancashire)
28.02.1943 - (04.)1944 HMS Victory III (accounting section, Wantage, Berkshire)
(06.1944) - (04.1945) no appointment listed
Bishop,
Marguerite Ruth
(née Macnair-Smith)
(Mrs)
see: Macnair-Smith,
Marguerite Ruth
(Miss)
 
Blagrove,
Edith Gordon
(née Lowe)
(Mrs)
Mrs. E.G. Blagrove (Photo courtesy of Capt. Mark Dickens, RN (retd), via Rory Hammond)
Daughter of William Duncan Lowe, writer to the signet, of Edinburgh.
Married 1st
 (06.04.1921) Cdr. (later R.Adm.) Henry Evelyn Charles Blagrove, RN (1887-1939); two daughters (one of whom, Mary A. Blagrove, married Lt. Sir Anthony R.D. Twysden, Bt., and later Capt. Peter G.C. Dickens, RN).
Married 2nd (21.01.1948, Chapel of RN College, Greenwich) Adm. Sir Eric James Patrick Brind, RN (1892-1963).

05.11.1895
St George district, Edinburgh, Scotland
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14.02.1979
Tonbridge district, Kent
[St Michael and All Angels Churchyard
Withyham, East Sussex
]
1/O 23.11.1939
C/O 15.11.1940
Supt. 05.02.1945 (reld 25.01.1947)
(04.1940) - (06.)1941 HMS Cochrane II (supply & accounting base for tenders, Rosyth)
21.07.1941 - (08.)1943 Chief Officer WRNS, West of Scotland [HMS St Andrew (RN base, Oban)]
06.10.1943 - (04.)1944 in charge WRNS, HMS Beaver (RN base, Hull) & on staff of Flag Officer-in-Charge, Humber
02.05.1944 - (07.1945) in charge WRNS, HMS Pembroke V (secret base WRNS, Bletchley Park, London)
18.10.1945 - (04.1946) in charge WRNS, HMS Drake (RN base, Devonport)
Blundell,
Daphne Mary
(Miss)
Miss D.M. Blundell
19.08.1916
Northwood, Middlesex
-
05.2004
Watford, Hertfordshire
2/O
01.04.1945
Supt.
1967
Comdt.
1970 (retd 1973)
  CB 1972  
Education: St Helen's School, Northwood; Bedford College, London.
      worked for LCC as Child Care Organiser
11.1942     joined WRNS
1943     commissioned
      served in Orkneys, HMS Lanka Ceylon, E Africa
1954 - 1956 Malta
1964 - 1967 Staff of Flag Officer Naval Air Command
1967 - 1969 Staff of Commander-in-Chief Portsmouth
1969 - 1970 Superintendent WRNS Training and
Drafting
1970 - 1973 Director, Women's Royal Naval Service
1970 - 1973 Hon. ADC to the Queen
Blundell,
Sheila Beatrice
(Miss)
see: Simon,
Sheila Beatrice

(Mrs)
 
Bois,
Marjorie Gillespy
(Miss)
Miss. M.G. Bois
Youngest daughter (with one sister) of Percy Bois (1856-1946).
(12?).1900
Hastings district, Sussex
-
08.11.1964
Verney Cottage, Liss, Hampshire
1/O 19.06.1939
C/O 01.10.1939
A/Supt. 27.03.1946
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (Military Division) OBE 14.06.1945 HM's birthday 45
24.08.1939 - (01.)1945 Staff of Commander-in-Chief, Portsmouth [HMS Victory III (accounting section, Portsmouth)]
(07.1945)     HMS Afrikander (RN base, Simonstown, South Africa) *
27.03.1946 - (04.1946) Superintendent WRNS, The Nore [HMS Pembroke (RN base, Chatham)]
* indexed, but not listed as such
Boyd,
Violet Constance Sophie
(Mrs)
Mrs. V.C.S. Boyd
?
-
Supt.
12.04.1942
  CBE 01.01.1946 New Year 46
15.11.1944 - (07.1945) Superintendent WRNS, The Nore [HMS Pembroke]
Brotherton,
Joan Marie
(Miss)
Miss J.M. Brotherton
Daughter of ... Brotherton, and ... Parker.
Married ((03?).1950, Bromley district, Kent) Edward Wilfrid Heining (28.04.1922 - 03.2006); two sons.
(03?).1921
Bromley district, Kent
-
03.04.2013
A/3/O 17.10.1943
3/O 1944?, seniority 17.10.1943 (reld > 10.1945, < 04.1946)
17.10.1943 - (06.)1944 HMS Nile (RN base, Alexandria, Egypt)
25.08.1944 - (04.)1945 HMS Calliope (RN base, Tyne)
(07.1945) - (10.1945) no appointment listed
Broughton,
Margaret Lynette
(Miss)
Miss M.L. Broughton
Daughter of Arthur F. Broughton, and Gladys L. Connolly.
Married ((06?).1947, Yeovil district, Somerset) T/Lt. (Sp.Br.) Mervyn John Morgan Dunscombe, RNVR (20.08.1925 - 02.01.1975);two daughters.
20.07.1924
Yeovil district, Somerset
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04.2018 still alive
A/3/O 28.01.1945
3/O 28.07.1945 (reld > 04.1946, < 07.1946)
05.03.1945 - (04.1946) HMS Lanka (RN base, Colombo, Ceylon)
Bruce,
Catherine Jane Gibb
(Miss)
Miss. C.J.G. Bruce (Photo courtesy of Miss Rosalind John) Miss. C.J.G. Bruce (Photo courtesy of Miss Rosalind John)
Miss. C.J.G. Bruce (Photo courtesy of Miss Rosalind John) Miss. C.J.G. Bruce (Photo courtesy of Miss Rosalind John)
Miss. C.J.G. Bruce (Photo courtesy of Miss Rosalind John) Miss. C.J.G. Bruce (Photo courtesy of Miss Rosalind John)
Miss. C.J.G. Bruce (Photo courtesy of Miss Rosalind John) Miss. C.J.G. Bruce (Photo courtesy of Miss Rosalind John)
Daughter (with one brother and one sister) of William Gibb Bruce (1860-1931), and Jane Fleming Thomson (1873-1948).
Married (21.06.1943, Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, Gibraltar) Capt. Thomas John, Army Dental Corps (1911-1979); two daughters, two sons.
12.07.1915
Edinburgh, Scotland
-
03.02.1991
Edinburgh, Scotland
3/O 04.07.1941 (reld > 10.1944, < 01.1945)
      WRNS Officers' Training Course, Greenwich
04.07.1941 - (06.)1942 HMS Bacchante (RN base, Aberdeen)
18.06.1942 - (08.)1943 HMS Cormorant (RN base, Gibraltar)
(12.1943) - (10.1944) no appointment listed
Buckmaster,
Hilda Mary Adela
(Miss)
Miss. H.M.A. Buckmaster
(03?).1897
Acton, Middlesex
-
C/O
12.03.1940
       
 
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