History Centre Heroes: Dame Sophia Wintz

Dame Sophia Wintz (1847-1929) was a Swiss-born woman (pictured right) and a great friend of Dame Agnes Weston. Together they co-founded the Sailors’ Rests in Plymouth (1876) and Portsmouth (1881).
Dame Sophia Wintz (right) with Dame Agnes Weston
Dame Sophia Wintz (right) with Dame Agnes Weston
Wintz also helped establish the Royal Naval Temperance Society, journals such as Monthly Letters and Ashore and Afloat, and a library for sailors which distributed literature to ships all over the world.
Royal Naval Temperance Society Medal
Royal Naval Temperance Society Medal
Wintz became a Dame in 1920. Like Weston, she was given a full naval funeral when she passed away. Apparently 400 Royal Naval officers and ratings attended.
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