Agnes Weston

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Dame Agnes Weston, GBE (26 March 1840 – 23 October 1918), popularly known as Aggie Weston, was an English philanthropist noted for her work among sailors in the Royal Navy.

Weston was born in London, the daughter of a barrister. In 1868 she took up hospital visiting and parish work in Bath, and through beginning a correspondence with a seaman who asked her to write to him, developed into the devoted friend of sailors, superintendent of the Royal Naval Temperance Society and co-founder (with Sophia Wintz) of the Royal Sailors' Rests, or clubs for sailors, at Devonport and Portsmouth. She published Life Among the Bluejackets in 1909. Shortly before her death in Devonport her work for the navy was publicly recognised when she was appointed Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire (GBE). On her death she became the first woman ever given a full ceremonial Royal Navy funeral.


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