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Kellett, D.L.
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Kellett,
Dorothy Lorna
(Miss)
Miss D.L. Kellett
19.01.1916
Westhampnett district, Sussex
-
04.2005
Slough, Berkshire
C/O
01.04.1945
       
Kettlewell,
[Dame] Marion Mildred
(Miss)
Miss M.M. Kettlewell

20.02.1914
Strawberry Hill, London
-
11.04.2016
London
3/O 26.04.1942
2/O 07.05.1943
1/O 15.11.1944
... ...
Supt. 27.06.1967 (retd 08.07.1970)

DBE 01.01.1970 (CBE 1964).

1941     joined WRNS as MT driver
(06.)1942 - (10.)1942 HMS Sparrowhawk (RN Air Station, Hatston, Orkneys)
23.11.1942 - (08.)1943 WRNS Officers' Training Course, RN College, Greenwich [HMS Pembroke III]
(10.1943) - (02.1944) no appointment listed
08.03.1944 - (10.)1944 in charge of WRNS, HMS Woolverstone (landing craft base & training establishment, Ipswich)
15.11.1944 - (04.1946) in charge of WRNS, HMS Godwit (RN Air Station, Hinstock, Salop)
... - ... ...
1967 - 1970 Director WRNS
Kidd,
Jessie Thomson
(Miss)
J.T. Kidd (© Imperial War Museum (A 25547))
1908 ?
-
C/O 01.06.1943
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (Military Division) OBE 01.01.1945 New Year 45 [investiture 27.07.45]
... - ... ...
08.09.1943 - (06.)1944 Chief Officer, WRNS, Eastern Fleet
(08.1944)     Acting Superintendent, WRNS, Eastern Fleet
... - ... ...
Killick,
Dorothy Eleanor (née London)
"Jackie"
(Mrs)
Mrs D.E. Killick (Photo courtesy of Killick family) Mrs D.E. Killick (Photo courtesy of Killick family)
Daughter of William Sydney London and Eleanor Carter London (née Thomas).
Brother Edward James ("Jim") London was killed in action at Malta (aged 18) 16.01.1941 as an apprentice in the Merchant Navy on the S.S. Essex (London).
Married (05.04.1944, Cowes, Isle of Wight) Lt. Frederick Cassam Killick, RNVR; at least one son.
25.05.1920
Broken Hill, NSW, Australia
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Australia
Wren
25.10.1941
Ldg. Wren
07.03.1942
A/3/O
01.11.1943
3/O
25.02.1944, seniority 01.11.1943 (reld 08.09.1945)
09.1939


joined, Air Raid Precaution (ARP) Volunteers
25.10.1941


enlisted, WRNS (WRNS HQ, Falmouth)
25.10.1941
-
04.09.1943
Signal Distribution Office (SDO), Falmouth [HMS Forte]
04.09.1943
-
25.09.1943
officer training course, RN College, Greenwich [HMS President]
27.09.1943
-
16.10.1943
cypher training, Cypher School, Southsea [HMS Odyssey]
18.10.1943
-
07.11.1943
Cypher Officer, HMS Vectis (RN base, Cowes, Isle of Wight)
08.11.1943
-
06.06.1944
Cypher Officer, J Force, Lepe House [HMS Mastodon (Combined Operations base, Exbury, nr Southampton)]
09.06.1944
-
18.07.1944
Cypher Officer for Normandy landings, Fort Southwark, Portsmouth [HMS Victory]
18.07.1944
-
29.12.1944
posted to Fleet Air Arm [HMS Daedalus (RN Air Station, Lee-on-Solent)]
King,
Marjorie Elizabeth
(Miss)
Miss M.E. King
?
-
C/O
01.04.1945
       
Kinsey,
Betty Elaine
(Miss)
Miss B.E. Kinsey (Photo courtesy of Mr Oliver Kinsey)
Daughter of Roland Henry Kinsey (1883-1964), and Ethel Mary Day (1882-1925).
Sister of Sq.Ldr. Raymond John Kinsey, RAFVR, and of Capt. (S) Gordon Roland Kinsey, RNR.
Married (1982) James Leo Donaghy (02.03.1901 - 07.1995).
02.10.1918
Winscombe, Axbridge district, Somerset
-
(04.2010) residing at The Hawthorns in Clevedon, Somerset
A/3/O 17.12.1944
3/O 17.06.1945
2/O 14.01.1946 (reld 12.1947)
04.1942     joined WRNS (receiving training & gunnery course at Plymouth)
04?.1942 - 06.1942 HMS Raven (RN Air Station, Eastleigh)
06.1942 - 1944? HMS Sparrowhawk (RN Air Station, Hatston, Orkneys)
[1943 training course (Air Mechanic Ordnance), HMS Excellent (gunnery school, Portsmouth)]
1944 - 1944 HMS Vulture (RN Air Station, St Merryn)
[1944 armament stores training course, HMS Excellent (gunnery school, Portsmouth) & officers' training course, Greenwich [evacuated to the US Ambassador’s residence in Stoke Poges (Buckinghamshire)]]
1944 - 10.1944 HMS Nightjar (RN Air Station, Inskip, Lancashire)
10.1944 - (07.)1945 HMS Tern (RN Air Station, Twatt, Orkney)
1945 - 01.1946 HMS Condor (RN Air Station, Arbroath)
21.01.1946 - 05.1946 HMS Dipper (RN Air Station, Henstridge, Somerset)
27.05.1946 - 09.1947 HMS Daedalus (RN Air Station, Lee-on-Solent)
23.09.1947 - 12.1947 HMS Seahawk (RN Air Station, Culdrose)
Having trained before the War as a Norland Nurse, she was a children's hostess on Orient Line ships to/from Australia (Merchant Navy) 1948-1951. She then looked after children and was a schoolteacher in Washington DC and from 1957-1977 she was employed there by the World Bank. She then returned to the UK.
Kitchener,
Lady Kenya Eleanor
(Miss)
Miss K.E. Kitchener

Only daughter (with one brother) of Capt. Henry Franklin Chevallier Kitchener, Viscount Broome (1878-1928), and Adela Mary Evelyn Monins (1893-1986).
Granted title of earl's daughter, 1938.
Married (08.11.1947, Chelsea, London) Capt. John Stewart Tatton-Brown (16.08.1905 - 01.02.1971), son (with one sister and one brother) of Eden Tatton-Brown (1878-1961), and Augusta Frederica Eden (1876-1964); three daughters.
12.07.1923
Maydeken, Denton, near Canterbury, Bridge district, Kent
-
A/3/O 20.02.1944
3/O 1944?, seniority 20.02.1944 (reld > 10.1945, < 04.1946)
Education: BA.
1941/42     joined WRNS at Bowlands
      served at Lee, then Greenwich
20.02.1944 - (07.)1945 HMS Badger (RN base, Harwich)
16.09.1945 - (10.1945) HMS Pembroke V (WRNS units, London)
Chartered physiotherapist (MCSP).
Knight,
Janet Mary Henderson
(Miss)
Miss J.M.H. Knight (Photo courtesy of Mr Jonathan Forsyth) Miss J.M.H. Knight (Photo courtesy of Mr Jonathan Forsyth)
Daughter (with one sister) of Thomas Knight (1886-1974), and Annabella Henderson (1891-1977).
From Giffnock, Renfrewshire, Scotland.
Married James Galbraith Forsyth (20.12.1910 - 12.04.1992), son of Thomas Forsyth (1871-), and Annabella Galbraith (1877-1925); one son.
22.06.1915
Montrose, Angus, Scotland
-
20.01.1986
Carlisle, Cumberland
A/3/O 09.04.1944
3/O ?, seniority 09.04.1944 (reld > 04.1946)
09.04.1944 - (10.)1944 HMS Spartiate II (WRNS training establishment, Tullichewan)
11.12.1944 - (04.)1945 HMS Heron (RN Air Station, Yeovilton, Somerset)
20.05.1945 - (10.1945) HMS Nile (RN base, Alexandria, Egypt)
(04.1946)     HMS Nile (RN base, Alexandria, Egypt) *
Was a qualified physiotherapist and worked in that capacity after the war, and in her later years became a secondary school P.E. teacher in Edinburgh. She later ran the Dolphin Hotel in Dunbar with her husband Jim.
* Indexed, but not listed as such
       
 
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