Roberta Cowell

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Roberta Elizabeth Marshall Cowell (8 April 1918[1] – 11 October 2011) was a British racing driver and World War II fighter pilot. She was born in Croydon, Surrey. She was also the first known British transsexual woman to undergo sex reassignment surgery.[2]

She died on 11 October 2011 in Hampton, London. Her funeral was attended by only six people and (on her instructions) was unpublicised - her death was not publicly reported until two years later, when a profile of her was printed in The Independent newspaper in October 2013.[2]

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  1. "Roberta Cowell's Birth Certificate". Changeling Aspects website. Retrieved January 5, 2013.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Bell, Matthew (27 October 2013). "'It's easier to change a body than to change a mind': The extraordinary life and lonely death of Roberta Cowell". The Independent. Retrieved 27 October 2013.