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date: 15 October 2019

Chant, Mrs Laura Ormistonfree

Born Chepstow, 9 Oct. 1848; d of F. W. Dibbin, CE, and Sophia Ormiston; m 1876, Thomas Chant, MRCS (d 1913); one s three d; died 16 Feb. 1923

preacher (undenominational), lecturer, composer, and writer


at home, in Kensington, W Associate of Arts, Apothecaries’ Hall


Taught in schools; nursed in hospitals; was Sister Sophia in London Hospital; assistant manager of private lunatic asylum; married, and took up public advocacy of Women’s Suffrage, Temperance, Purity, and Liberal Politics; became lecturer on literary and social subjects; led crusade against Empire Music Hall; took relief to Armenian refugees in Bulgaria; took out nurses to Greek frontier and Crete, for which she received the Red Cross from Queen Victoria on behalf of the then King and Queen of Greece


Sellcuts’ Manager (novel); The Prodigal (sermonettes); Verona and other Poems; Short Stories; various pamphlets on temperance, poor law, politics, and purity; many hymns; a song, Ode to Skylark (words by Shelley); Golden Boat Action Songs; Sea-shell Songs; Toddlekins’ Songs; May-time Action Songs; Daisies and Breezes Action Songs; Thistledown Action Songs; To and Fro Action Songs; Galloping Horses Action Songs; Under One Sky Action Songs; The Dragonfly Action Songs; The Wise Owl Action Songs


Games, especially billiards


hon. member of New England Women’s; Women’s, Chicago


The Homestead, Pinvin, Pershore