Sydney Smith Haldimand Dickens

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About Sydney Smith Haldimand Dickens

Sydney Smith Haldimand Dickens was a Royal Navy officer; the fifth son and seventh child of English novelist Charles Dickens and his wife Catherine.

An endearing child, nicknamed 'The Ocean Spectre' and 'The Admiral' by his father, Sydney Dickens was born at 3 Chester Place and baptised at the church of St. Mary in Marylebone in London on 24 June 1847, his godfathers being William Haldimand of Lausanne, and Henry Porter Smith (1797 - 1880), an actuary for the Eagle Life Assurance Company.

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April 18, 1847
England, UK
May 2, 1872
Age 25
died at sea