History Centre Heroes: Dame Agnes Weston

This amazing woman lived from 26 March 1840 to 23 October 1918. She co-founded The Sailors’ Rests and campaigned tirelessly to improve the lot of her beloved ‘bluejackets’ whom she published a book about in 1909 (‘Life Among the Bluejackets’).

Dame Agnes Weston
Dame Agnes Weston

In 1918 her work for the Royal Navy was recognised when she was appointed Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire (GBE).

The Dame Grand Order of the British Empire
The Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire

When she died later that year she became the first woman to be granted full naval honours at her funeral.

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