Elizabeth Bather was born in Winchester, England. She was educated at St. Swithun’s School. From 1937 to 1946 she was a magistrate in Winchester, one of the youngest in the country and she was a member of the Hampshire County Council.
In1939, she joined the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force with the rank of Company Assistant, she was assigned to Bomber Command working her way to the Senior Staff Officer in charge of the WAAF’s. she was sent to Canada in 1941 to set up the Canadian Women’s Auxiliary Air Force. In 1942, she was promoted to Squadron Officer and in 1945 to Wing Officer.
After the war in 1945, she joined the London Metropolitan Police at the rank of Chief Inspector, the following year she was promoted to Superintendent replacing Dorothy Peto. The United Kingdom introduced the rank of Chief Superintendent in 1949. Elizabeth was promoted to that rank the same year, that made her the first female to hold that rank. She retired in 1960. She stood 5’4” which was the minimum height for females to join the force. Not bad, not bad at all.
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