Edith Helen (née Chaplin), Marchioness of Londonderry(1878-1959), Political hostess and writer; Colonel-in-Chief of the Women's Volunteer Reserve
Sitter in 12 portraits
Prior to the war, Edith was an active member of the Suffragette movement and served on a number of women's associations. In 1914 she joined the Women's Volunteer Reserve (WVR) as a colonel-in-chief. Edith took special interest in the agricultural work undertaken by the WVR and in July 1915 formed the Women's Legion which became the largest voluntary organisation during the war, having tens of thousands of volunteers working in all spheres from agriculture to baking.She also helped to organise and sustain the Officers' Hospital set up in Londonderry House and was the first woman to be appointed DBE (Military Division). Her skills as a political hostess over some 25 years were regarded as legendary.
- Charles Stewart Henry Vane-Tempest-Stewart, 7th Marquess of Londonderry (husband)
- Edward Charles Stewart Robert Vane-Tempest-Stewart, 8th Marquess of Londonderry (son)
- Lady Maureen Helen Stanley (née Vane-Tempest-Stewart) (daughter)
- Lady Margaret Frances Anne Vane-Tempest-Stewart (daughter)
- Lady Helen Maglona Walsh (née Vane-Tempest-Stewart) (daughter)