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Betty Eleanor Gosset Molesworth



  • Title
  • Forenames
    Betty Eleanor Gosset AWMM
  • Surname
    Molesworth AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Molesworth-Alle AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII W2905 AWMM
  • Gender
    Female AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    21 July 1913 WAAF Strengths (R21072930) OpotikiBay of Plenty WAAF Strengths (R21072930)
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  • Address before enlistment
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Wars and conflicts

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
    Women's Auxilliary 2 (WA2)/Military Errol Martyn WAAF Research
  • Enlistment
    WW2 17 March 1942 Errol Martyn WAAF Research TaieriOtago Errol Martyn WAAF Research
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Prisoner of war

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Medical history

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Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • "New Zealand botanist and explorer who was employed by the Auckland Museum where she succeeded L.M. Cranwell (1907-2000). During the Second World War she was a volunteer in the Women's Auxiallary Air Force, subsequently training in tropical botany in Malaysia and working for many years in the Singapore Botanic Gardens.

    In 1947 she met and married Geoffrey Allen (-1985), a pilot, wildlife photographer and amateur ornithologist. During the 1948-1960 State of Emergency, Betty and her husband took shelter from Communist guerillas in the forest, using the time profitably to collect plants. She made plant collections both under her maiden and married names, the latter often cited as 'Molesworth-Allen'.

    Betty Allen retired with her husband to Los Barrios in Andalucia, Spain (1963) where she continued to collect plants, particularly ferns. It was in 1965 that she made the remarkable discovery of Psilotum nudum (L.) P. Beauv. in southern Spain, previously thought to be exclusively a tropical species. Betty Allen contributed to Flora Europaea and published on the flora of the region. The hybrid Narcissus x alleniae was named in her honour. She was awarded the MBE in 1997." JSTOR Global Plant Profile AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    11 October 2002 AWMM
    MarbellaSpain AWMM
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