Knowles, Esther Edith (1895-1974), secretary to Lord and Lady Pethick-Lawrence

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Knowles, Esther Edith (1895-1974), secretary to Lord and Lady Pethick-Lawrence

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        Esther Edith Knowles was born in London on 18 January 1895, the daughter of George Knowles, a builder (later a printer's assistant), and his wife Esther Annie, and was baptised at St Giles in the Fields, Holborn, on 24 March. She had two sisters, Ellen Mary (1892-1963) and Lottie Lucy (1896-1988).

        She began working for Fred and Emmeline (later Lord and Lady) Pethick-Lawrences in 1911 (see PETH 6/205), and became one of their two principal secretaries.

        She died in Harrow on 8 May 1974, following a road accident.


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