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Edith Frances Crowdy Women's Royal Naval Service

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ceebee

My interest in Edith Crowdy, who was at one time Deputy Director of the Women's Royal Naval Service, was sparked by a photo in Jane Carmichael's book First World War Photographers.

Can anyone shed some light on her life and perhaps a biography?

Thanks

Chris

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Carmania

This is her entry in Who Was Who:

CROWDY, Edith Frances, CBE 1919; 3rd d. of late James and Isabel Crowdy; unmarried; died 23 July 1947. Hon. Serving Sister Order of St John of Jerusalem, 1917. Education: Home. Career: VAD, 1912-17; Deputy Director, Women's Royal Naval Service, 1917-19; Secretary, Hellenic Travellers' Club, 1926-39. Recreation: Reading and music. Clubs: University Women's, Ex-Service Women's. Address: 100 Beaufort St, Chelsea, SW.

Aled

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Carmania

This comes from The Times of Tuesday, July 29, 1947:

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ceebee

Aled

Many thanks for the information.

Cheers

Chris

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jo.stanley

She was a very close pal of Katharine Furse, head of WRNS, as was her sister Rachel Crowdy. I think it will help you to surf for Rachel, read KF's autobiography (Hearts and Pomegranates), and look in KF's letters, some of which (WW1-ish) are in the Liddle Collection at Leeds University.

Good luck, Jo

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