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Paton,
Sheila Ethel
(Miss)
S.E. Paton
Married ((03?).1947, Chelsea district, Middlesex) Michael T. Fuller.
25.03.1922
Reigate district, Kent
-
01.1996
Vale Royal district, Cheshire
3/O 11.07.1943 (reld > 07.1946)
11.07.1943 - (10.1944) HMS Landrail (RN Air Station, Machrihanish, Argyllshire)
(01.1945)     no appointment listed
23.01.1945 - 16.04.1945 HMS Lanka (RN base, Colombo, Ceylon)
17.04.1945 - (10.1945) HMS Bambara (RN Air Station, Trincomalee, Ceylon)
(04.1946) - (07.1946) HMS Sultan (RN base, Singapore) *
* indexed, but not listed as such
Peacop,
Rhona Cynthia Martin
(Mrs)
see: Power,
Rhona Cynthia Martin
(Miss)
 
Pemberton,
Nellie
(Miss)
N. Pemberton (Photo courtesy of Mr Kenneth Allan)
Daughter of Samuel Pemberton, and
Elizabeth Marsden.

Married (26.11.1945, Sydney,
Australia) Lt. Sydney Smith, Australian
Army; one daughter.
Last residence: Lower Templestowe,
Melbourne, Vict., Australia.
11.10.1905
Birkdale, Southport,
Lancashire

-
04.03.1984
Metung, Vict.,
Australia
[cremated at
Springvale
Crematorium & her
ashes were scattered
within the grounds of
Bletchley Park, Milton
Keynes, UK]
Petty Officer Wren
?
3/O
23.01.1941
2/O
05.07.1944 (reld 02.02.1946)
26.03.1940     enlisted WRNS (possibly at Dartmouth)
      served as a cipher officer in Signals/ Intelligence in Europe, Canada and the United States:
1940     served at the National Codes Centre at Bletchley Park in Buckinghamshire
? - (12.1941) HMS Cochrane II (supply & accounting base for tenders, Rosyth)
01.04.1942 - (06.1944) HMS Saker (British Admiralty Delegation, Washington, DC, USA)
06.02.1945 - (07.1945) HMS Mercury (signal school, near Petersfield)
Playford,
Joan Lesley
(Miss)
J.L. Playford (Photo courtesy of Heather Battles)

Daughter (with two sisters and one half-brother) of Arthur Playford (1870-1944), and Gladys Muriel Barron (1879-1981).
Married (15.03.1947, Hastings district, Sussex) Lt.Cdr. (later R.Adm.) Robert Munroe Battles, RCN (04.06.1918 - 26.10.1999), son of Earle Winslow Battles (1891-1918), and Edith Clitheroe Ross (1889-1992).; two sons, one daughter.
20.08.1916
Chertsey district, Kent
-
10.08.1990
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
3/O 15.05.1941
2/O 31.07.1944 (reld 26.11.1945)
Defence Medal Def M - -
War Medal 1939-1945 WM 39|45 - -
      undergone the WRNS Officers' Training Course at Greenwich
(08.)1941 - (10.)1941 HMS Pyramus (minesweeper & anti-submarine base, Orkney)
(12.)1941 - (02.)1942 HMS Boscawen (RN base, Portland)
1942 - (04.)1942 Admiralty [HMS President]
01.04.1942 - (06.)1944 HMS Saker (British Admiralty Delegation, Washington, DC, USA)
03.07.1944 - (07.)1945 HMS Orlando (RN base, Greenock)
Plews,
Barbara [Joyce]
(Miss)
B. Plews
Married 1st ((03?).1944, Greenwich district, Kent) Bernard W. Campbell; ... children.
Married 2nd ((03?).1956, St Asaph district, Merionethshire) William E. Sumner.
07.04.1922
St Asaph district, Merionethshire
-
12.1995
Rhuddlan district, Clwyd, Wales
Wren ?
3/O 23.01.1941
A/2/O 16.11.1943
2/O 15.03.1944, seniority 16.11.1943 (reld > 04.1944, < 06.1944)
      undergone the WRNS Officers' Training Course at Greenwich
(04.1941)     HMS Victory II (accounting section)
(06.1941) - (02.1943) HMS Eaglet (RN base, Liverpool)
(04.1943)     HMS President III (accounting base)
19.04.1943 - (06.)1943 HMS Eaglet (RN base, Liverpool)
28.06.1943 - (04.)1944 HMS Pembroke III (WRNS accounting base) (for duty with Admiral (Submarines))
Pott,
Alixandrina Rose
(Miss)
A.R. Pott
Elder daughter of George Murray Pott, a wireless operator in the Merchant Marine in WW1 & T/A/Lt.Cdr. (Sp.Br.) RNVR in WW2, of Glasgow, Scotland.
Married (12.1944) Lt. (S) William Arthur Walters, RN (11.09.1921 - 14.12.2002), son of William Samson Walters, DSM and Bar, RN (1880-1938), and Edith Langdon, of Exeter, Devon; two daughters.
25.11.1920
-
28.12.2012
3/O 27.02.1944 (reld 27.10.1945)
27.02.1944 - (10.1944) HMS Cochrane II (supply & accounting base for tenders, Rosyth)
(01.1945)     no appointment listed
22.02.1945 - (07.1945) HMS Excellent (gunnery school, Portsmouth)
Potter,
Félicité
(Miss)
F. Potter
(06?).1916
Nantwich district, Cheshire
-
C/O
01.01.1944
  MBE ?  
       
Poulden,
Janet Gawler
(Miss)
J.G. Poulden
26.02.1912
Hampstead district, Greater London
-
04.2001
Gloucester, Gloucestershire
C/O
27.03.1944
       
Power,
Rhona Cynthia Martin
(Miss)
R.C.M. Power
Daughter of .... Power, and ... Stewart.
Married (02.09.1944) Maj. Archie William Peacop, African Colonial Forces (11.03.1917 - 27.02.1992); two daughters.
23.12.1914
Medway district, Kent
-
08.07.2008
Kirstenhof, Cape Town, South Africa
3/O 23.01.1941
2/O 16.03.1943 (reld > 10.1945, < 04.1946)
1941 - (04.)1941 HMS Drake (RN base, Devonport)
1941 - (06.)1941 HMS Pembroke I (RN base, Chatham)
(08.)1941 - (10.)1941 HMS Wildfire (RN base, Sheerness)
(12.)1941 - (02.)1942 HMS Badger (minesweeper base, Harwich)
(04.)1942 - (02.)1943 HMS Victory III (accounting section, Wantage, Berkshire)
16.03.1943 - (10.)1943 HMS Kestrel (RN Air Station, Worthy Down, nr Winchester)
25.10.1943 - (06.)1944 HMS Heron (RN Air Station, Yeovil, Somerset)
1944 - (10.1944) HMS Lanka (RN base, Colombo, Ceylon)
(01.1945) - (07.1945) HMS Hathi (RN depot, Kandy, Ceylon) *
(10.1945)     no appointment listed
* indexed, but not listed as such
Prichard,
Ada Constance
(Mrs.)
A.C. Prichard
?
-
C/O
01.04.1945
       
Pym,
Barbara Mary Crampton
(Miss)
B.M.C. Pym B.M.C. Pym
Elder daughter of Frederic Crampton Pym (1879-1966), solicitor, of Oswestry, and Irena Spenser Thomas (1886-1945).

02.06.1913
Oswestry, Shropshire
-
11.01.1980
Michael Sobell House, a hospice attached to the Churchill Hospital in Oxford
A/3/O 11.03.1944
3/O 06.10.1944, seniority 11.03.1944 (reld < 04.1946)
Education: Huyton College, Liverpool; St Hilda's College, Oxford.
11.03.1944 - (06.)1944 HMS Mastodon (Combined Operations base, Exbury House, Exbury, nr Southampton)
21.08.1944 - (01.)1945 HMS Hannibal (RN base, Taranto, Italy)
(07.1945)     no appointment listed
Novelist. Editorial Secretary, International African Institute, London, 1958-1974. FRSL, 1978.
Published: Some Tame Gazelle, 1950; Excellent Women, 1952; Jane and Prudence, 1953; Less than Angels, 1955; A Glass of Blessings, 1958; No Fond Return of Love, 1961; Quartet in Autumn, 1977; The Sweet Dove Died, 1978; posthumous publications: An Unsuitable Attachment, 1982; Crampton Hodnet, 1985; Civil to Strangers and Other Writings, 1987.
 
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