Olive May (née Olive Mary Meatyard), Countess of Drogheda

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Olive May (née Olive Mary Meatyard), Countess of Drogheda

by and after Bassano Ltd
printing-out paper print, March 1912
8 3/8 in. x 10 5/8 in. (214 mm x 270 mm) image size
Photographs Collection
NPG Ax136900

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  • Bassano Ltd (active 1901-1962), Photographers. Artist or producer associated with 42746 portraits.

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  • NPG x101994: Olive May (née Olive Mary Meatyard), Countess of Drogheda as Lady Rosabelle Merrydew in 'The Sunshine Girl' (appears within the portrait)
  • NPG x102012: Olive May (née Olive Mary Meatyard), Countess of Drogheda (appears within the portrait)
  • NPG x123105: Olive May (née Olive Mary Meatyard), Countess of Drogheda (appears within the portrait)
  • NPG x123106: Olive May (née Olive Mary Meatyard), Countess of Drogheda (appears within the portrait)
  • NPG x123107: Olive May (née Olive Mary Meatyard), Countess of Drogheda (appears within the portrait)
  • NPG x123108: Olive May (née Olive Mary Meatyard), Countess of Drogheda (appears within the portrait)
  • NPG x123111: Olive May (née Olive Mary Meatyard), Countess of Drogheda (appears within the portrait)

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Current affairs

The Royal Flying Corps is established. During the Great War, planes and balloons were used mainly for reconnaissance and observation before technological advances made them fast enough and manoeuvrable enough to attack enemy positions and fight in the air. Arthur (Bomber) Harris won distinction as a pilot destroying five enemy aircraft in the war. In the Second World War he became Marshal of the Royal Air Force.

Art and science

George Bernard Shaw writes Pygmalion.
Charles Babbage's invents the Analytic Machine. Considered to be the forerunner to the modern computer, the machine was able to make automatic mathematical calculations.

International

Scott leads the British Expedition to the South Pole reaching it in January 1912 only to discover that the rival Norwegian party had beaten them by a month. All members of Scott's team perished on the return journey. Captain Oates' famous last words were immortalised in Scott's diary: 'I am just going outside and may be some time.'
The 'unsinkable' Titanic strikes an iceberg and goes down on its maiden journey between Southampton and New York.

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