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Christine Dibdin and Family

b. 29 Nov 1889, Mayfield Grange Rd., Sutton, Surrey

m. 26 May 1922, St. Lukes, West Norwood

d. 1967, Liverpool?

Richard Thomas

Christine was the only one without artistic or musical talent, although rather more practical than most of them. She taught in various schools for some years and then took a commercial training. She was private confidential secretary to the Chief Medical Officer at the Air Ministry from 1917 to 1919 and then went to New Orleans with Jo. She was private secretary to the Consul General in New Orleans. She returned to England in 1922, marrying Richard Thomas, who was Captain of the ship bringing her home. He was a widower with two children. Their daughter Christine Dibdin served in the W.A.A.F. 1944-47, later was Assistant Purser with Cunard. She married Ronald Hartley, radio officer. He died in 1955, leaving Jane Meredith a toddler, and Ronald John Dibdin who was born posthumously. [71]

Christine was on the same ship to the U.S. on April 22, 1919 as her brother Frederick Joseph. She was 29, single and gave her occupation as secretary. [72]

Christine "Tine" settled in Meols near Liverpool and was a tremendous support for my mother Joan. We were evacuated to her near the end of the war and were there when my mother heard of my fatherís death. Also my mother once mentioned that it was Tine that helped and advised her though those messy times at puberty. No one else had thought to explain! I met her and Daughter Christine (and Step Son John !?) in 1960 when I took Mary to Liverpool/Meols from London for a few days. [73]