- 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