Author Topic: Never seen before emergency travel passport  (Read 1623 times)

Offline Maiden Stone

  • RootsChat Marquessate
  • *******
  • Posts: 6,560
  • Census information Crown Copyright, from www.nationalarchives.gov.uk
    • View Profile
Re: Never seen before emergency travel passport
« Reply #45 on: Tuesday 04 January 22 22:20 GMT (UK) »

Bernard joined the the Military in October 1939.
During this time Mrs Dibb was listed as his next of kin. Her address was 22 Crart Avenue, Durban, South Africa.

Iv done so looking into who Mrs Dibb could be. Possible, as suggested, she could have run a boarding house. Also I found a document which lists Mrs Dibb as the mother of Geoffrey Wilton Dibb who was killed in action on the 12th of August 1944. Potential possibility would be that Bernard Simpson and Geoffrey Dibb were friends.


Was Mrs Dibb's first name Pauline?
Parents of Lieutenant Geoffrey Wigton Dibb 328819V of South African Air Force were Cecil & Pauline Dibb. Geoffrey was 21 when he died in 1944. Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Malta Memorial, Valetta.
Coincidently, Lt. R.D. Simpson, SAAF, died June 1944, is on the same memorial. No personal information about him.
Cecil Dibb may have been Cecil John Dibb or John Cecil Dibb. According to an online tree on Geni, Cecil's mother, Harriet Emily was daughter of John Maguire Wilson & Bridget Ellen Doran. Bridget Ellen Doran was born in Tipperary.
Another Simpson on the Valetta Memorial is Arthur William Simpson, Flight Sergt. RAF, parents William & Matilda of Dublin.   
Cowban

Offline heywood

  • RootsChat Honorary
  • RootsChat Marquessate
  • *******
  • Posts: 36,187
    • View Profile
Re: Never seen before emergency travel passport
« Reply #46 on: Tuesday 04 January 22 22:29 GMT (UK) »
Yes she was Pauline Dibb - maiden name Allan, I think. She lived at the Crart Avenue address, Maiden Stone. There are some documents on F S.
That looks interesting re the Irish connection.
Census Information is Crown Copyright, from www.nationalarchives.gov.uk

Offline Maiden Stone

  • RootsChat Marquessate
  • *******
  • Posts: 6,560
  • Census information Crown Copyright, from www.nationalarchives.gov.uk
    • View Profile
Re: Never seen before emergency travel passport
« Reply #47 on: Tuesday 04 January 22 22:38 GMT (UK) »

Parents of Lieutenant Geoffrey Wigton Dibb 328819V of South African Air Force were Cecil & Pauline Dibb. Geoffrey was 21 when he died in 1944. Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Malta Memorial, Valetta.

A post (28th October 2019)+ photo of Geoffrey on Commonwealth War Graves Commission Facebook pages.
 https://www.facebook.com/commonwealthwargravescommission
Cowban

Offline Maiden Stone

  • RootsChat Marquessate
  • *******
  • Posts: 6,560
  • Census information Crown Copyright, from www.nationalarchives.gov.uk
    • View Profile
Re: Never seen before emergency travel passport
« Reply #48 on: Tuesday 04 January 22 23:54 GMT (UK) »

That looks interesting re the Irish connection.

Probably coincidence.
Bridget Ellen Doran was born c.1841. She may have been a member of an assisted emigration scheme, either as a child or a single young woman. There were various schemes for orphans, widows & children, single women of marriageable age, from Britain and Ireland.
Emigration Philanthropic Society began taking poor Irish girls from workhouses in 1849.

Some books and articles:
Sheelagh O'Byrne Spencer "Green are the Hills of Natal: Early Irish Settlers in Natal 1824-1862"
Donal P. McCracken "A Minority of a Minority of a Minority: the Irish in South Africa"
                             "Irish Settlement in South Africa Before 1910" (article in "Irish Historical Studies"
                              published by Cambridge U.P., available to read on internet, with a bibliography)



 
Cowban


Offline Maiden Stone

  • RootsChat Marquessate
  • *******
  • Posts: 6,560
  • Census information Crown Copyright, from www.nationalarchives.gov.uk
    • View Profile
Re: Never seen before emergency travel passport
« Reply #49 on: Wednesday 05 January 22 00:15 GMT (UK) »

Bernard joined the the Military in October 1939.
During this time Mrs Dibb was listed as his next of kin. Her address was 22 Crart Avenue, Durban, South Africa.
There is a second address listed as
PO Box 1087, Johannesburg. It the address of a clothing retailer John Orr & Son.


John Orr chain store?  Mentioned in the article "The Irish in South Africa" on Geni website
https://www.geni.com/projects/The-Irish-in-South-Africa/31867
John Orr was born in County Tyrone 1858. Died in Dublin while holidaying in Ireland. Buried Northern Cape.
Cowban