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Gwenda Stewart

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Born Gwenda Glubb in Preston in 1884 she was the sister of Glubb Pasha who built up and commanded the Arab Legion between 1930 and 1956.

Coming from an adventurous family in World War 1 she drove ambulances on the Russian and Romanian fronts and in World War 2 served in the London Auxiliary Ambulance Service.

Between the two World wars she raced at Brooklands. She competed in the 1933 single seater Duesenberg in the 1936 BRDC 500 miles race sharing the drive with its then owner, Jack Duller.

Thrice married Gwenda raced at Brooklands as Gwenda Janson and married her third husband, Douglas Hawkes, in the late 1920s and became Gwenda Hawkes.

With Douglas she ran the Brooklands Engineering Co in the 1940s.

Gwenda Hawkes died in 1990 aged 95.

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Sources of Information

  • [1] Brooklands Centenary