One of the curiosities we discovered when compiling the information that went into The War Libraries was that one of the contributors to War, Battle, Air Ace and War at Sea was a Miss D. M. Garbutt. Further research has revealed that she also wrote 'Battler Britton' and 'Dick Daring' stories for Thriller Picture Library and, in the early 1980s, contributed a handful of stories to D. C. Thomson's Commando.
Sadly, I know little about her. Diana Muriel Garbutt was born in 1932 and the earliest story by her so far traced is "Battler Britton & the Convoy of Peril", published in Thriller Picture Library in 1958, when she was in her mid-twenties. She was not the only woman to write for Thriller, as Joan Whitford was already a regular. She was, however, the only female, as far as I know, to then become an irregular contributor to the war libraries.
As Diana M. Garbutt she wrote a single novel, Black Warrior (London, Abelard-Schuman, 1969), about a young boy and a buffalo calf, set in the foothills of the Himalayas.
Miss Garbutt lived in Scarborough, Yorkshire, where she died in 1993, at the early age of 60.
(* The cover shown at the top illustrated one of Miss Garbutt's stories, 'Those in Peril', War Picture Library 73 (1960). The illustration, taken from the original artwork, is by Allessandro Biffignandi and is © IPC Media.)