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Daphne French photograph collection


Series of black and white photographs showing trainers and wartime women trainees who were drafted to crew canal boats during World War II. Some of these photographs appear in the book by Margaret Cornish 'Troubled Waters: Memoirs of a Canal Boatwoman (Working Waterways)' (M.& M.Baldwin, 1994). Source of the photographs is Daphne French.



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Administrative /‚Äč Biographical history

Daphne French was a trainer of the wartime women trainees who were drafted to work aboard canal boats as part of a Ministry of War Transport scheme during World War II Daphne French Admin history Daphne Annette Emily French (1905-1995) was born in Strokestown, County Roscommon, the daughter of a British Army officer. Before the war, she was involved with sailing in Ireland. She was recruited to the Ministry of War Transport scheme for women on Grand Union Canal Carrying Co boats, and became one of three trainers, leaving at the end of 1945. She later returned to Ireland, becoming involved again with sailing there, and died in Wicklow.

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5 photographs