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Margaret Mary Damer Dawson

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Margaret Mary Damer Dawson

Person  Female  Born 12/6/1873  Died 18/5/1920

Categories: Animals, Armed Forces

Born Sussex. Founder of the Women’s Police Force, in WW1. Organizing Secretary of the animal campaigning organisation the Animal Defence and Anti-Vivisection Society. This opposed vivisection, campaigned against circuses and performing animals and for reforms in the way that animals were slaughtered for food. The organisation was very active in the Brown Dog affair.

Dawson had a close professional and personal relationship with Mary Allen. They lived together and, on Dawson's death, Allen took over her role in the police force and was her main legatee. See the St John Partridge page for a link to photos of them both.

Hilda Kean writes that Dawson had been an executive member of the progressive Humanitarian League.

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Margaret Damer Dawson - bird bath

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Margaret Damer Dawson - plaque

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