Euphemia Welby

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Euphemia Violet Welby (née Lyon), CBE, JP (28 September 1891 — 6 May 1987) was named Supt. of the Women's Royal Naval Service (WRNS) on 12 June 1939. She was named CBE on 1 January 1944.


Parents: Admiral Herbert Lyon & Frances Violet Inglis

  • 1914 - 1916: Hon. Sec. SS&AFA Devonport (later Hon. Sec. SS/AFA)
  • 1916 - 1919: Red Cross Cook, Malta
  • 1939 - 1945: WRNS service:
  • 12 June 1939 - July 1945: Staff of Commander-in-Chief, Plymouth [HMS Drake]

In civilian life, she did social work on committees in Plymouth and became Chairman of the Astor Institute and was a Justice of the Peace in Somerset, England in 1947.


Euphemia Violet Lyon married Richard Martin Welby (1886—1930), son of the Rev. Abraham Adlard Welby and Bertha Sobranoa. The couple had four children.


Euphemia Welby died in 1987, aged 95.

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