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Mackenzie, D.M.
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Mocatta, M.M.


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Mackenzie,
Dorothy Mary
(Mrs.)
D.M. Mackenzie
?
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C/O
28.10.1940
       
Maclean,
Euphemia Annie
(Miss)
E.A. Maclean
?
-
C/O
26.08.1943
       
Macnair-Smith,
Marguerite Ruth
(Miss)
M.R.M. Smith
Daughter (with four siblings) of Col. James Macnair-Smith (1881-1966), and Christine Dorothea Trevelyan von Ferro, of Downderry, Cornwall.
Married (11.05.1944, RC Cathedral, Mombasa, Kenya) Frederick Bishop, of the Colonial Service, second son of Mr & Mrs R. Bishop, of London SW17.
08.03.1918
-
?
Petty Officer Wren ?
3/O 09.02.1941
2/O 05.03.1942, seniority 29.01.1942
A/1/O 17.09.1943 (reld > 07.1945, < 10.1945)
Education: Convent of the Sacred Heart, Malta, and Notre Dame High School, Plymouth.
? - (06.)1941 HMS Cochrane II (supply & accounting base for tenders, Rosyth)
(08.)1941 - (10.)1941 HMS Clio (RN base, Barrow in Furness)
(12.)1941 - 07.1942 HMS Drake (RN base, Devonport)
25.07.1942 - (08.)1943 HMS Tana (RN base, Kilindini, Kenya)
04.08.1943 - 01.1944 HMS Highflyer (RN base, Trincomalee, Ceylon)
19.01.1944 - (06.)1944 HMS Braganza (RN base, Bombay, India)
20.08.1944 - (01.)1945 HMS Tana (RN base, Kilindini, Kenya)
(04.1945) - (07.1945) no appointment listed
Malcolm,
Margaret Jane Venetia
(Miss)
M.J.V. Malcolm (Photo courtesy of Mr Nick Holt)
Daughter of Sir Malcolm Albert James Malcolm, 10th Bt (1898-1976), and Geraldine Margot Digby (1898-1965).
Married (01.06.1945, Holy Trinity, Brompton, Kensington district, London) then Lt. (later Lt.Cdr.) Christopher Robert Vesey Holt, CVO, VRD (17.10.1915 - 11.11.1997), elder son (with one brother & two sisters) of V.Adm. Reginald Vesey Holt, CB, DSO, MVO, RN, and Evelyn Constance Day; one son, one daughter.
11.01.1923
-
08.2015 still alive
Wren 09.06.1941
Petty Officer Wren 01.11.1943
A/3/O 11.06.1944 (reld 05.11.1945)
3/O 1945?, seniority 11.06.1944 (reld 05.11.1945)
09.06.1941     joined WRNS
06?.1941 - 05.1944 served as a plotting rating at Rosyth
05.1944 - 06.1944 Officer Training Course (OTC) Framewood Manor, Stoke Poges, Berkshire
06.1944 - 07.1944 HMS Lynx (RN base, Dover)
27.07.1944 - 02.1945 HMS Forward (RN base, Newhaven)
02.1945 - 03.1945 HMS Proserpine (RN base, Scapa Flow, Orkneys)
25.03.1945 - 09?.1945 HMS Victory III  (accounting section, Wantage, Berkshire) (for service at Fort Southwick, Portsmouth)
Malschinger,
Marie Benita (née Henson)
(Mrs.)
M.B. Malschinger (Photo courtesy of Mr Michael Dempster)
Married Lt.Cdr. Brian Eugene Malschinger, RNVR.
29.07.1901
Islington, Greater London, Middlesex
-
04.1995
North Cotswolds, Gloucestershire
3/O
22.10.1940
2/O
29.03.1941
1/O
26.06.1941
A/C/O
03.04.1942
C/O
13.11.1943, seniority 03.04.1942 (reld < 04.1946)
(02.1941)
 
 
HMS Beaver (RN base, Hull)
(12.1941)
 
 
HMS Vulture (RN Air Station, St Merryn)
03.04.1942
-
11.10.1943
in charge of WRNS, Dover Sub-Command [HMS Lynx (RN base, Dover)]
20.10.1943
-
(10.1944)
HMS Spartiate (RN base, Glasgow)
(07.1945)
 
 
HMS Spartiate (RN base, Glasgow) *
* indexed, but not listed as such
Mathews,
Dame Elvira Sibyl Marie (née Laughton)
"Vera"
(Mrs.)
E.S.M. Mathews

E.S.M. Mathews (Photo courtesy of Mr Michael Dempster) E.S.M. Mathews (Photo courtesy of Mr Michael Dempster)
E.S.M. Mathews E.S.M. Mathews

Eldest 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 Supt. Grace Laughton Bell, CBE, WRNS.
Married (10.06.1924, Kobe, Japan) Ernest Gordon Dewar Mathews (1880?-1943); two sons, one daughter. 

25.09.1888
Hammersmith, London
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25.09.1959
Ashley Gardens, London
Dir. 11.04.1939
Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire DBE
01.01.1945
New Year 45 [investiture 27.02.45]
Commander of the Order of the British Empire CBE
01.01.1942
New Year 42
Member of the Order of the British Empire MBE
09.05.1919
for valuable services rendered in connection with the war
Grand Officer in the Order of Oranje-Nassau, 4th class (Netherlands) ON4
07.01.1947
for outstanding services during the war
Education: convent schools, UK (St Andrew's Convent) & Belgium; King's College, London University
Journalist. Sub-editor "Suffragette" & "Ladies' Field". Editor, "Time and Tide". Girl Guide Commissioner. Skipper of Sea Rangers. Chairman, St. Joan's Social and Political Alliance.
1917
-
1919
Unit Officer, WRNS
05.1940
-
11.1946
Director, Women's Royal Naval Service
Chairman Domestic Coal Consumers' Council, 1947-1950. President National Smoke Abatement Society, 1949-1951. Member of SE Gas Board, 1949-1959.
Adviser on Women's Affairs to the Gas Council; Life President Association of Wrens; President St Joan's International Social and Political Alliance; Chairman Status of Women Committee; President Mermaid Swimming Club; Member Council Girl Guides Association
Published
: Blue tapestry : the story of the WRNS (1948).
Mathews,
Gladys Deveson
(Miss)
G.D. Mathews
Surname of adoptive parents.
Married ((09?).1945, Ashford district, Kent) Douglas L. Sladden ((09?)/1921 - ); one son.
16.02.1917
-
01.1979
Chiltern and Beaconsfield district, Buckinghamshire
A/3/O 06.06.1943
3/O 1944?, seniority 06.06.1943
2/O 01.04.1945 (reld > 10.1945, < 04.1946)
28.07.1943 - (12.1943) HMS Scotia (signals training establishment, Doonfoot, Ayr)
24.01.1944 - (07.1945) HMS Eaglet (RN base, Liverpool)
(10.1945)     HMS Drake (RN base, Devonport) *
* indexed, but not listed as such
Mathieson,
Evelyn Margaret Helen
(Miss)
E.M.H. Mathieson
Married (23.06.1945, Aberdeen) Lt.Cdr. George James Macdonald, DSO, DSC**, MID*, RNZNVR; four daughters, one son.
23.11.1918
Aberdeen, Scotland
-
2007
Wellington, New Zealand
A/3/O
31.01.1944
3/O
1945?, seniority 31.01.1944 (reld 02.09.1945)
Education: University of Aberdeen (Masters degree in French and German).
15.06.1941
 
 
joined WRNS
31.01.1944
 
 
commissioned as an officer, serving in "Y" service
(04.1944)
 
 
no appointment listed
08.05.1944
-
10.07.1944
HMS Beehive (Coastal Forces base, Felixstowe)
11.07.1944
-
20.08.1944
HMS Pembroke (RN base, Chatham)
21.08.1944
-
02.1945
HMS Hannibal (RN base, Taranto, Italy) [(for security reasons she had to be separated from her boyfriend, Jim Macdonald.)]
02.1945
-
05.1945
HMS Byrsa (RN base, Naples, Italy)
05.1945
 
 
returned to UK (by air?)
(07.1945)
 
 
no appointment listed
May,
Winifred Joyce
(Miss)
W.J. May (Photo courtesy of Mrs Anne Ammundsen)
Daughter of John Thomas Edward May (1880-1951), and Ellen Elizabeth Edmed (1881-1975).
Married (19.01.1944, Chelsea district, London; marriage dissolved 26.10.1976) Capt (later Col.) Philip Sidney Newton, MBE, FMA, FRSA, Royal Sussex Regiment (14.8.1920 - 30.09.1998); one daughter.
09.11.1911
Thanet district, Kent
-
02.08.2003
Bromley district, Kent
Wren 11.06.1942 [WRNS 36626]
A/3/O 20.12.1943 (reld 22.11.1944; own request)
War Medal 1939-1945 WM 39|45 - -
11.06.1942 - 30.06.1942 HMS Pembroke III (WRNS accounting base, London) (for Westfield College trainee's)
01.07.1942 - 30.06.1943 HMS Pembroke III (WRNS accounting base, London) (for Combined Operations HQ, Norfolk House)
21.11.1942 - 23.11.1942 sick leave
01.07.1943 - 08.08.1943 HMS Pembroke III (WRNS accounting base, London) (for Princes Gate)
13.07.1943 - 21.07.1943 sick leave
09.08.1943 - 12.11.1943 HMS Lynx (RN base, Dover)
13.11.1943 - 13.11.1943 on passage
14.11.1943 - 04.12.1943 officer's training course
05.12.1943 - 06.12.1943 HMS Pembroke III (WRNS accounting base, London) (for Princes Gate)
07.12.1943 - 19.12.1943 lent for bursar course
20.12.1943 - 02.01.1944 HMS Pembroke III (WRNS accounting base, London) (for Mobile Censorship Unit)
03.01.1944 - 12.01.1944 HMS Minos (RN base, Lowestoft)
13.01.1944 - 20.02.1944 HMS Pembroke III (WRNS accounting base, London)
26.01.1944 - 15.02.1943 unpaid leave
21.02.1944 - 23.04.1944 HMS Northney (landing craft base, Hayling Island)
24.04.1944 - 22.11.1944 unpaid leave [HMS Pembroke III]
McKee,
Joan Spiers
(Miss)
J.S. McKee
Married 1st (1944, Alexandria, Egypt) Lt. Lewis Arnold Moore, Middlesex Regiment (1918-1945).
Married 2nd ...
1920
Dundee, Scotland
-
11.05.2013
A/3/O 22.08.1943
3/O 1945?, seniority 22.08.1943 (reld < 04.1946)
20.08.1944 - (01.)1945 HMS Nile (RN base, Alexandria, Egypt)
03.03.1945 - (07.1945) HMS Nuthatch (RN Air Station, Anthorn, Cumberland)
McNeil,
Anne
(Miss)
A. McNeil
?
-
C/O
26.10.1942
       
Merry-Motson,
Jessie Ritchie
(Miss)
J.R. Merry-Motson
?
-
C/O
27.04.1942
       
Miller,
Marjorie Florence
(Mrs)
M.F. Miller
?
-
Supt.
15.04.1942
28.03.1945 - (07.1945) WRNS HQ, Admiralty [HMS Pembroke III]
Mitchelhill,
Nora Janet
(Miss)
N.J. Mitchelhill (Photo courtesy of Pauline Watson)
Daughter (with one brother) of Thomas Mitchelhill (1857-1912), and Annie Laura Banks (1864-1946).
26.06.1898
Wolverhampton, Staffordshire
-
3/O 10.06.1940
2/O 17.09.1940
1/O 01.03.1941
A/C/O 24.05.1944
C/O 01.01.1945 (reld 18.07.1946)
Education: University College, University of London (BA).
(08.1940)     HMS Victory (RN base, Portsmouth)
 
(10.)1940 - (04.)1941 HMS Boscawen (RN base, Portland)
(06.)1941 - (08.)1942 HMS Pembroke I (seamen & WRNS accounting base, Chatham)
14.08.1942 - (10.)1943 in charge of WRNS Training Depot, Crosby Hall [HMS Pembroke III (WRNS accounting base, London)]
29.10.1943 - (04.)1944 in charge of WRNS at HMS Monster (Combined Operations base, Fortrose, nr Inverness, Scotland)
24.05.1944 - (10.1945) in charge of WRNS at HMS Condor (RN Air Station, Arbroath)
(04.1946)     HMS Pembroke III (WRNS accounting base, London) *
* indexed, but not listed as such
Mocatta,
Marjorie Maude
(Miss)
M.M. Mocatta
(06?).1905
Birkenhead district, Cheshire
-
C/O
04.05.1942
       
Money,
Betty Angell
(Miss)
see: Stigner,
Betty Angell (née Money)
(Mrs)
 
Montague Douglas Scott,
Elizabeth Diana
(Lady)
see: Scott,
Elizabeth Diana
(Lady)
 
Moore,
Joan Spiers
(Mrs)
see: McKee,
Joan Spiers
(Miss)
 
Mountbatten,
Patricia Edwina Victoria
(Miss)
P.E.V. Mountbatten (© Imperial War Museum (A 13177))
P.E.V. Mountbatten (© Imperial War Museum (A 13178))
Daughter of Admiral of the Fleet Lord Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma.

14.02.1924
-
A/3/O 11.03.1945
3/O 11.09.1945 (reld 30.06.1946)
11.03.1945 - (10.)1945 HMS Pembroke (RN base, Chatham)
01.12.1945 - (04.)1946 HMS Braganza (RN base, Bombay, India)
Murray,
Lorna Robertson
(Miss)
M.M. Mocatta
Daughter of Mr & Mrs Charles Halliday Murray, of Aberdeen.
Married (30.12.1943, West Church of St Andrew, Aberdeen, Scotland; marriage dissolved) Lt. Jan van der Toorren, Royal Netherlands Navy; one daughter, one son.
1917
Aberdeen, Scotland
-
1980
Aberdeen, Scotland
A/3/O 14.12.1942
3/O 14.12.1943 (reld < 04.1946)
14.12.1942 - (12.1943) HMS Jackdaw (RN Air Station, Crail, Fife)
12.02.1944 - (06.)1944 HMS Caroline (RN base, Belfast)
10.06.1944 - (10.1944) HMS Ferret (RN base, Londonderry)
(01.1945)     no appointment listed
(07.1945)     no appointment listed
       
 
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