They Also Serve
Mrs Juliet Lyon Lipson Womens Voluntary Service
The Woman Juliet Lyon Barnet was born between January and March 1890 in Swansea, Glamorgan, Wales, daughter of Ada and one of five children, Louise V, Gwen G, Harold and Sylvia L. By 1901 she was living at 91 Bryn Road with her family and a servant called Jenny Chappel. Juliet married Daniel Leopold Lipson between July and September 1914 aged 24 and moved to Cheltenham as a newly-wed when Daniel was appointed as Housemaster at Corinth House at Cheltenham College. Juliet remained a staunch and loyal supporter of her husband throughout his dynamic and controversial life; but led a separate life in which she accomplished much in her own right. Her biggest involvement was with the Women’s Voluntary Service (WVS) and it was said that many people’s memory of her would be in the green WVS uniform. Juliet founded the Cheltenham WVS in 1938 was its leader until 1945 and oversaw its many activities involved with the war effort. She was also responsible for opening the WVS canteen at the General Hospital in1945 and took an active part in running it. For her services in the WVS during the war she was awarded the Defence Medal and WVS Long Service Medal. Juliet was also President of Dr. Barnardo’s Helpers League in the town for many years and a member of the Cheltenham Old Peoples Welfare Committee, the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, the United Nations Association and Chairman of the Cheltenham branch of the National Council of Women. Following the death of Daniel in 1963 she was elected patron of the Cheltenham Cricket Club. In 1953 when Daniel was awarded the Freedom of the Borough of Cheltenham, Alderman H T Bush said that Juliet was as deserving of the honour as her husband due to the host of activities she had been involved in. In 1966 Juliet moved to 110 Grove Road, Sutton, to be close to her daughters Eva and Joan and diedon 30th October 1969 aged 79, she was cremated following a private service.
The Story For the story please see Daniel Leopold Lipson.
- Defence Medal: Unnamed as awarded.
- WRVS Medal: Unnamed as awarded.
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