Bedford, Adeline Duchess

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Bedford, Adeline Duchess

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  • Duchess of Bedford
  • Adeline Marie Russell

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Lady Adeline Russell (nee Somers-Cocks), the Duchess of Bedford of Penal reform advocate. Education supervised directly by mother Virginia Pattle,wife of Charles Somers Somers-Cocks, third earl of Somers.

"The duchess of Bedford became one of those aristocratic and middle-class Victorian and Edwardian women who distinguished themselves in charity work, one of the few fields of public activity open to women. Early in her married life she led a movement to rescue women who were street dwellers or prostitutes around Victoria Station, London. At this time she was closely involved with the Associated Workers' League, which was concerned with the well-being of women at work."

Chair of Ladies' Committee of the Order of St. John after 1914.

"During the First World War the duchess of Bedford worked on a joint committee of the Red Cross and the order of St John of Jerusalem to provide nursing care for wounded service personnel. Between 1918 and 1920 she helped to establish a Sunshine Home for blind babies at Chorleywood near her home." (The Spectator, 1 May 1920).

For more information, see obituary at: .


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Welby, Victoria, Lady, 1837-1912 (1837-1912)

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Created 2015-10-13 by Anna St.Onge.


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