Born: 1924, St. George Hanover Square, London.

Died: 3rd June 1942; age 18; of  Lethargic Encephalitis – Sleeping Sickness, at the East Suffolk and Ipswich Hospital, Ipswich.


Service: at Felixstowe, Suffolk.


Rank: Wren; Service Number: 34446.

Regiment: Women’s Royal Naval Service, H.M.S.’Beehive.’ (Felixstowe Dock shore base.)


Grave Reference:

Screen Wall,

Ipswich Crematorium,



Relatives Notified & Address: Daughter of Commander Clare George Vyner, formerly R.N., and Lady Doris Hilda Vyner, of Studley Royal, Ripon, Yorkshire.


Father: Commander Clare George Crompton Vyner, born March 1894, Chelsea. His surname was legally changed 30th March 1912 to Vyner by Royal Licence.

Mother: Lady Doris Hilda Vyner (nee Gordon-Lennox), born September 1896, Dublin.


Elizabeth’s brother, Charles De Grey Vyner also lost his life during the Second World War. Charles was 19 years old, and ranked a Sub-Lieutenant, for the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, H.M.S.’Hunter,’ he went missing in action during air operations near Rangoon. He is remembered on the Lee-On-Solent Memorial, Gosport, Hampshire.



At the Vyner’s family home, Fountains Hall, on the 9th April 1953, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother unveiled a stained glass window and stone memorial inspired in remembrance of Elizabeth and Charles by their parents, Clare and Doris and brother Henry.



In 1923, the Vyner family came into ownership of the estate of Studley Park, Ripon, Yorkshire. After restoration Fountains Hall became the Vyner’s permanent home. In 1966, the family sold the estate and hall to the West Riding and North Yorkshire County Council. From 1983, the estate and hall were acquired by the National Trust.

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