Doreen Winifred Ashburnham Ruffner, GC

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Doreen Winifred Ashburnham Ruffner (Ashburnham), GC

Birthplace: England, UK
Death: October 04, 1991 (86)
Santa Margarita, CA, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Lawrence Ashburnham; Lawrence Ashburnham; Rosalie Winifred Ashburnham and Rosalie Winifred Barnard
Wife of Sydney Jackson Ruffner and Sydney Jackson Ruffner
Mother of Djinn Virginia Ruffner and Private User

Occupation: Incredible Lady
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About Doreen Winifred Ashburnham Ruffner, GC

b. 13/05/1905 Rye, Sussex. d. 04/10/1991 San Luis Obispo, California, USA.

DATE AND PLACE OF GC ACTION: 23/09/1916 Cowichan Lake, Vancouver Island, Canada.

Doreen was born at Ashburnham Hall, the family seat on 13th May 1905, the grand daughter of Sir Anchitel Ashburnham and daughter of Lawrence "Tufty" and Rosalie Winifred (nee Barnard) Ashburnham. Early in her childhood, her family emigrated to Canada and settled near Cowichan Lake on Vancouver Island.

She was awarded the Albert Medal at the age of just 11 on the 23rd September 1916, when she and 8 year old Anthony Farrar, tackled a cougar. They were the youngest recipients of the Albert Medal and were presented with their medals by the Duke of Devonshire. At the age of 25, she moved to the USA where she learnt to fly, play polo and raised show horses in Italy.

In February 1945 she married Sydney Jackson Ruffner and they had one daughter called Djinn. She chose to exchange her Albert Medal (which she donated to the Canadian War Museum) for a GC which she received in Ottawa in November 1974. She died in California on 4th October 1991 and was cremated.


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Doreen Winifred Ashburnham Ruffner, GC's Timeline

May 15, 1905
England, UK

Borm May 15, 1905 at Ashburnham Hall in Sussex England

October 4, 1991
Age 86
Santa Margarita, CA, United States