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Sydney Smith Haldimand "Ocean Spectre" Dickens
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Birth: Apr. 18, 1847
Death: May 2, 1872

The inscription reads : "Lieutenant Sydney Smith Haddington, fifth son of Charles and Catherine Dickens. Born 18th. April 1847, died and was buried at sea 2nd. May 1872." Sydney was the seventh child (but fifth son) and was born at Chester Place, near Regent's Park in London. He was the smallest of all the nine surviving children ; even as an adult, he was only just over five feet tall. His childhood nickname, "Ocean Spectre," came, as Dickens's biographer John Forster wrote, "from a strange little weird yet most attractive look in his large wondering eyes." Perhaps appropriately, he joined the Royal Navy and reached the rank of Lieutenant. Unfortunately, he survived his father by less than two years. He was invalided from his ship, the Topaze, and was on board the P&O steamer Malta, when he died from a sharp attack of bronchitis. The grave in Highgate bears an inscription to his brother Walter, who died in Calcutta. Their sister, Dora, and their mother, Catherine are buried therein. (bio by: Iain MacFarlaine) 
Family links: 
  Charles Dickens (1812 - 1870)
  Catherine Thompson Hogarth Dickens (1815 - 1879)
  Charles Culliford Boz Dickens (1837 - 1896)*
  Mary Dickens (1838 - 1896)*
  Catherine Elizabeth Macready Dickens Perugini (1839 - 1929)*
  Walter Landor Dickens (1841 - 1863)*
  Francis Jeffrey Dickens (1844 - 1886)*
  Alfred D'Orsay Tennyson Dickens (1845 - 1912)*
  Sydney Smith Haldimand Dickens (1847 - 1872)
  Henry Fielding Dickens (1849 - 1933)*
  Dora Annie Dickens (1850 - 1851)*
  Edward Bulwer Lytton Dickens (1851 - 1902)*
*Calculated relationship

Cause of death: Bronchitis
Highgate Cemetery (West)
London Borough of Camden
Greater London, England
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Iain MacFarlaine
Record added: Oct 23, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6871472
Sydney Smith Haldimand Ocean Spectre Dickens
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Sydney Smith Haldimand Ocean Spectre Dickens
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