Born in 1900, Evelyn Irons lived for just under 100 years
She joined The Daily Mail they assigned her to the beauty page, a position for which she was both under and over-qualified as she had never worn makeup in her life and was consequently let go for being too unfashionable.
She came to interview Vita Sackville-West She and the two hit it off quickly, travelling together without the knowledge of Vita’s husband. They began a relationship which later included Olive Rinder.
It was later said that Irons was the “war correspondent who broke Vita’s heart”
Even after their relationship ended, Vita dedicated one of her books to Irons
Irons broke it off when she met Joy McSweeney another journalist who she moved in with
Irons’ biographer Sue Fox wrote of their relationship: “It was love at first sight. Right from the start, they were meant to be together. It was a relaxed, natural relationship.”
At the beginning of World War II, she quit her job at the women’s section, went directly to the news editor, and told him “from now on I’m working for you."
Through her journalism work on the field, Evelyn Irons became the first woman to receive the Croix de Guerre with Silver Star