In Dolly’s honour, her daughter, Molly Sedgwick, made her first parachute jump in 2003 at the age of 83
‘Parachute queen’ Dolly was famous in the prewar years for her daring leaps from thousands of feet, from a trapeze slung below a balloon. In 1908, she even made the first mid-air rescue, when a friend’s parachute failed and the two came down clinging together on Dolly’s parachute. The hard landing left Dolly paralysed, aged just 22, but with experimental electric shock treatment she was able to walk again.
During the war, she served with women’s units in London and Calais. After the Armistice she married an officer, which triggered her demobilisation in July 1919.
Dolly’s postwar life was sedate, but she recounted her adventures in a book, When the ’Chute Went Up: The Adventures of Pioneer Edwardian Lady Parachutist. She made a last flight with the Red Devils display team a few years before she died, in 1983, at the age of 96.
In Dolly’s honour, her daughter, Molly Sedgwick, made her first parachute jump in 2003 at the age of 83.
James McCudden’s mother laid a wreath at the burial of the American Unknown Soldier, pictured here, in November 1921