|7 Nov 2023|
One of St Helen's most distinguished Old Girl's, Daphne was an extraordinary woman, central to the communities she worked and lived in.
A senior British naval officer, who served in the second world war, Daphne had a formidable career in the Women's Royal Naval Service, travelling extensively while on tour, she served on the staff of Flag Officer Naval Air Command, and was promoted to superintendent.
Later Daphne was on the staff of Commander-in-Chief, Portsmouth and during this period took on the additional role of superintendent of WRNS Training and Drafting.
In 1970 Daphne was appointed Director of the WRNS and promoted to commandant and was also appointed an Honorary Aide-de-Camp to the Queen on 8 July 1970.
In the 1972 Birthday Honours she was recognised for her services with distinction and appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath. She always managed to juggle quadruple responsibilities and when retired, she played a pivotal role in her local Church community in Northwood as well serving St Helens as a Governor from 1970-1995.
A huge figure, she will be remembered for her strength of character, her loyalty, her modesty and courage and her unfaltering commitment to Service.
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