Dr Charles Smith
My Grandfather, Charles Smith, was a Methodist Minister in about 1880, in Jamaica, British West Indies. He married the daughter of what I assume to be the Moderator of the West Indies, Rev Francis Bavin, in, I would guess, 1890? I understand that the Chapel he built is still there at Stoney Hills just outside Kingston. Francis was born on 17th April 1853 in Kings Lynn and baptised in Doddington, Cambs.
What happened after that was very strange. Charles and his wife left Jamaica and returned as Salvation Army Officers, which I understand would have caused a ‘shock wave!’ They had 4 children, the eldest was Francis who joined the RAF in 1935 after training as a mental nurse. He was the lowest of the low, Aircraftman 2nd class. He qualified as an Observer which meant he was navigator,gunner,radio operator and anything else. He served in Jordan and trained the soldiers of Glb Pasha. He served in Bomber Command, getting the DFM as Sergeant over Germany. He reached the rank of Squadron Leader, retiring to Zimbabwe to grow roses and bees. The three girls were Elsie Laurie, Olive, and Lindy. My mother (Elsie) trained as a Salvation Army Officer and met my father, George Stone, who had been born in Colombo, Ceylon. My mother was a distinguished Poet, Sculptor and Playwright after leaving the Salvation Army. They had two children, my elder brother Peter who served with distinction in the Intelligence Corps in Cyprus, Yemen, Malaysia, Borneo, ending up a Staff Sergeant. He left the army and was tragically killed by a car on the wrong side of the road running straight into him. He left 4 children Richard, Carole, Joseph and Jennifer.Then there’s me, Philip, 25 years with IBM International, opera singer, composer, now working at Sainsbury’s in Fareham Hants.
The second daughter of Charles Smith, Olive, married a Dr Blackham and they had a son, Joe, who became a Rear Admiral in our navy. Joe’s son, Jeremy, recently retired from being Vice Admiral.
Can anyone add to my my family history? I believe one ancestor, a Bavin, was Bishop of Portsmouth but resigned to become a monk!
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