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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.

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Edith Helen (née Chaplin), Marchioness of Londonderry, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x30930

Edith Helen (née Chaplin), Marchioness of Londonderry

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 26 October 1918
NPG x30930

Edith Helen (née Chaplin), Marchioness of Londonderry, by Olive Edis - NPG x15469

Edith Helen (née Chaplin), Marchioness of Londonderry

by Olive Edis
sepia-toned matte print on photographer's card mount, 1920s
NPG x15469

Edith Helen (née Chaplin), Marchioness of Londonderry, by Lafayette - NPG x49101

Edith Helen (née Chaplin), Marchioness of Londonderry

by Lafayette
half-plate film negative, 7 February 1927
NPG x49101

Edith Helen (née Chaplin), Marchioness of Londonderry, by Frederick John Jenkins, after  Ellis William Roberts - NPG D37425

Edith Helen (née Chaplin), Marchioness of Londonderry

by Frederick John Jenkins, after Ellis William Roberts
heliogravure, early 20th century
NPG D37425

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Edith Helen (née Chaplin), Marchioness of Londonderry

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 26 October 1918
NPG x158056

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Edith Helen (née Chaplin), Marchioness of Londonderry

by Lafayette
whole-plate glass negative, 7 February 1927
NPG x49100

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Edith Helen (née Chaplin), Marchioness of Londonderry

by Lafayette
whole-plate negative, 7 February 1927
NPG x49104

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