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Caddy,
Lovell Mary [S] (née Scott)
(Mrs.)
L.M.S. Caddy
Married ((09)).1927, Wirral, Cheshire) ... Caddy.
(09?).1902
Birkenhead district, Cheshire / Merseyside
-
C/O
29.11.1942
       
Cameron,
Marian Louisa
(Mrs)
M.L. Cameron
?
-
C/O
17.07.1939
Member of the Order of the British Empire MBE
?

02.02.1945 - (07.1945) HMS Victory III (accounting section, Wantage, Berks)
Carpenter,
Joan
(Miss)
J. Carpenter
?
-
Supt.
19.06.1939
Commander of the Order of the British Empire CBE
02.06.1943
HM's birthday 43
05.08.1944 - (07.1945) Deputy Director Welfare, WRNS HQ, Admiralty [HMS Pembroke III]
Catchpool,
Mary
(
Miss)
M. Catchpool (Photo courtesy of Mr Michael Boxall)
Married (post-war) Reginald Charles Boxall (died 1967, aged 49); one son.
01.11.1919
Carlisle, Cumbria
-
03.11.2001
Worthing, West Sussex
3/O
08.04.1944
2/O
15.10.1945 (reld < 04.1946)
23.05.1944
-
(07.1945)
HMS Proserpine (minesweeping & anti-submarine base, Lyness, Scapa Flow) (for security duty)
Cecil,
Anne Mary Gascoyne 
(Miss)
M.I. Chatfield-Gilbert
Married (1945/46?) David Wilson, a Canadian naval officer.
29.07.1918
-
11.2010 still alive
Wren ?
3/O 22.04.1940
A/2/O 03.09.1941
2/O 26.10.1944 (reld < 04.1946)
(02.1941) - (12.1941) HMS Daedalus (RN Air Station, Lee-on-Solent)
08.09.1943 - (01.)1945 HMS Lanka (RN base, Colombo, Ceylon)
15.05.1945 - (07.1945) HMS Pembroke III (for WRNS training and drafting depots; duty at Princess Gardens)
Chatfield-Gilbert,
Marie Isobel
(Mrs.)
M.I. Chatfield-Gilbert
?
-
C/O
01.01.1945
       
Cholmondeley,
the Marchioness of;
Sassoon, Sybil Rachel Betty Cecile
S.R.B.C. Sassoon, Marchioness of Cholmondeley S.R.B.C. Sassoon, Marchioness of Cholmondeley
Daughter of Sir Edward Albert Sassoon (1856-1912), 2nd Bt, and Baroness Aline Caroline de Rothschild (1865-1909). Sister of Rt.Hon. Sir Philip Sassoon, PC, 3rd Bt, GBE, MP. Married (06.08.1913) George Horatio Charles Cholmondeley (19.05.1883-16.09.1968), since 1938 5th Marquess of Cholmondeley; two sons, one daughter.
20.01.1894
London
-
26.12.1989
Houghton Hall, King's Lynn, Norfolk
C/O 12.11.1939
Supt. 09.02.1945
Commander of the Order of the British Empire CBE 13.06.1946 HM's birthday 46 [investiture 28.10.47]
12.11.1939 - 1946 Chief Staff Offcier to Director WRNS, WRNS HQ, Admiralty [HMS Pembroke III]
Literature: Peter Stansky. Sassoon : the worlds of Philip and Sybil (2003)
Chrystal,
Catherine Macrae
(Miss)
C.M. Chrystal
1918
Partick district, Glasgow City, Scotland
-
1982
Largs district, Ayrshire, Scotland
A/3/O 05.03.1944
3/O 06.10.1944, seniority 05.03.1944
(04.1944) - (10.1944) HMS Spartiate II (WRNS training establishment, Tullichewan) *
20.12.1944 - (07.)1945 HMS Bee (Coastal Forces base, Holyhead)
27.07.1945 - (04.1946) HMS Ringtail (RN Air Station, Burscough, nr Ormskirk, Lancashire)
* indexed, but not listed as such
Clarke,
Audrey
(Miss)
A. Clarke
Married Capt. (E) George Andrews Hewett, CBE, DSC, RN.
?
-
09.2009
A/3/O 08.05.1944
3/O 1945?, seniority 08.05.1944
08.05.1944 - (10.1944) HMS Orlando (RN base, Greenock)
(01.1945) - (07.1945) HMS Lanka (RN base, Colombo, Ceylon) *
(04.1946)     HMS Pembroke III (WRNS accounting base, London) *
Model, fashion journalist and public speaker.
* indexed, but not listed as such
Coningham,
Audrey Sylvia
(Miss)
A.S. Coningham
Daughter of William Francis Meyrick Coningham (1888-1920), and Sylvia Clare Granville Allsop (1896-1932) [later Mrs Harry Sydney Radford].
Married (09.04.1946, Burnham, Weston super Mare district, Somerset) Maj. David John Hugh Roche, Indian Army (03.10.1916 - 03.1999), younger son of Col. Henry John Roche, CB (1864-1944), and Gladys Drake; five children.

12.07.1918
Brighton district, Sussex
-
13.01.2009
Wingfield Nursing Home, Trowbridge, Wiltshire
3/O 23.01.1941
2/O 01.05.1944 (reld > 07.1945, < 04.1946)
Mentioned in Despatches MID 05.01.1943 life saving 06.42
1940     joined WRNS (trained as cypher officer)
(04.1941) - (10.)1941 HMS Pembroke IV (accounting base, Chatham)
(12.)1941 - (02.)1942 HMS Leigh
(04.)1942 - (06.)1942 HMS Nile (RN base, Alexandria, Egypt)
30.06.1942     passenger on the submarine depot ship HMS Medway which was torpedoed on while being escorted from Alexandria to Haifa
(06.1942) - (02.)1943 HMS Medway (submarine depot ship) *
24.03.1943 - (10.)1943 HMS Pembroke III (WRNS accounting base, London)
25.10.1943 - (10.)1944 HMS Badger (RN base, Harwich)
13.10.1944 - (07.1945) HMS Pembroke (RN base, Chatham)
Emigrated to Kenya, 1947, returned to UK, 1975.
* indexed, but not listed as such
Cooper,
Joan
(Miss)
J. Cooper (Photo courtesy of Mr Peter Barrow via Mrs Kathryn Finora)
Married ((06?).1946, Horsham district) Lt. Norman MacLehose Barrow, RNVR; one son, two daughters.
22.08.1921
Bombay, India
-
03.10.2007
Pembury, Kent
A/3/O
14.05.1944
3/O
?, seniority 14.05.1944 (reld < 04.1946)
14.05.1944
-
12.1944
HMS Watchful (RN base, Yarmouth)
13.12.1944
-
(07.1945)
HMS Lanka (RN base, Ceylon)
Cowie,
Margaret Elizabeth (née Lawrenson)
(Mrs.)
M.I. Chatfield-Gilbert
22.08.1918
-
03.2008 still alive
3/O
28.02.1942?
2/O
28.02.1944
1/O
01.01.1946
28.02.1942
-
(06.)1944
HMS Cochrane II (supply & accounting base for tenders, Rosyth)
03.07.1944
-
(07.1945)
in charge, WRNS, West Hartlepool [HMS Paragon (minesweepers base, Hartlepool)]
01.03.1946
-
(04.1946)
HMS Quebec (combined training centre, Inverary)
Craig,
Mary Mackie
(Miss)
A. Clarke
Married (1942?) El.Lt. John James Thompson, RNVR; ... children (one son?).
?
-
Wren ?
3/O 12.10.1941 (reld > 02.1944, < 04.1944)
(12.1941) - (10.)1942 HMS Condor (RN Air Station, Arbroath)
30.10.1942 - (06.)1943 HMS Spartiate (RN base Clyde, Glasgow)
(08.1943) - (02.1944) no appointment listed
Currie,
Agnes Jean
"Nan"
(Miss)
A.J. Currie (Photo courtesy of Carey Pallister) A.J. Currie (Photo courtesy of Carey Pallister)
A.J. Currie (Photo courtesy of Carey Pallister) A.J. Currie (Photo courtesy of Carey Pallister)
A.J. Currie (Photo courtesy of Carey Pallister) A.J. Currie (Photo courtesy of Carey Pallister)
Daughter (with five brothers and three sisters) of John Currie (1844-1905), of Glasgow, and Rachel Thomson (1861-1934), of Dundee.
Sister of R.Adm. Robert Alexander Currie, CB, DSC and Bar, RN.
30.05.1899
Glasgow, Scotland
-
17.10.1968
Chiddingston, Kent
2/O 12.10.1939
1/O 1940?
C/O 27.07.1940
Supt. 21.02.1941 (reld 11.05.1946)
Commander of the Order of the British Empire (Military Division) CBE 14.06.1945 HM's birthday 45 [investiture 19.11.46]
Education: Laurel Bank School, Glasgow; The Mount School, York; also Switzerland; WRNS Officers' Training Course, Greenwich.
Staff secretary of London department store John Lewis and Sons.
12.10.1939 - 11.05.1946 WRNS service:
(12.)1939 - (05.)1940 HMS Boscawen (RN base, Portland)
(06).1940 - (02.)1941 Chief Officer WRNS, HMS Lynx (RN base, Dover)
21.02.1941 - 03.10.1943 on Staff of Commander-in-Chief, Western Approaches [HMS Eaglet (RN base, Liverpool)]
28.10.1943 - 27.01.1944 Superintendent WRNS, Eastern Fleet on Staff of Commander-in-Chief, Eastern Fleet [HMS Lanka (RN base, Colombo, Ceylon)]
[contracted a serious illness]
28.01.1944 - (06.)1944 Superintendent, WRNS Training [HMS Pembroke III]
25.08.1944 - (10.)1944 on Staff of Commander-in-Chief, Western Approaches [HMS Eaglet (RN base, Liverpool)]
20.11.1944 - (10.1945) on Staff of Commander-in-Chief, Portsmouth [HMS Victory III] (CBE)
(04.1946)     no appointment listed
Curtis,
Amy
(Miss)
A. Curtis
Youngest daughter of George Curtis, of Old Orchard Rathfarnham.
1895 ?
-
29.07.1970
1/O 05.10.1939
C/O 01.11.1939
Supt. 07.12.1939 (retd > 10.1944, < 01.1945)
Commander of the Order of the British Empire (Military Division) CBE 01.01.1946 New Year 46 [investiture 19.11.46]
Member of the Order of the British Empire (Military Division) MBE ? ?
Letter of Praise LoP 1944? Operation Neptune (Normandy 06.44)
1915 - 1920 served in the war as Assistant Administrator, Queen Mary's Army Auxiliary Corps
05.10.1939     commissioned, WRNS
18.12.1939 - 20.11.1944 Staff of Commander-in-Chief, Portmouth [HMS Victory]
Worked in the Resettlement Advice Service in the Ministry of Labour and National Service, 1945-1948. Chief Administrative Officer, Women's Land Army, 06.1948-1950.
 
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