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 Sydney Smith Haldimand “Ocean Spectre” Dickens

Sydney Smith Haldimand “Ocean Spectre” Dickens

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Death 2 May 1872 (aged 25)
Burial Highgate, London Borough of Camden, Greater London, England
Memorial ID 6871472 · View Source
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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



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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Iain MacFarlaine
  • Added: 23 Oct 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6871472
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sydney Smith Haldimand “Ocean Spectre” Dickens (18 Apr 1847–2 May 1872), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6871472, citing Highgate Cemetery (West), Highgate, London Borough of Camden, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .