Matthew Fortescue-Brickdale (Knt.) OBE

Born1890 12 Gatestone Road, Upper Norwood
FatherSir Charles Fortescue-Brickdale (Knt.) FRGS of Newland (1857 – 1944)
MotherMabel Beatrice Gibbs (Lady Fortescue-Brickdale) (1864 – 1944)

Life Events

1921Married Cicely Muriel Bankes in Mauritius
1944Death of father Sir Charles Fortescue-Brickdale (Knt.) FRGS of Newland
1944Death of mother Mabel Beatrice Gibbs (Lady Fortescue-Brickdale)

Biography and Notes

Baptised at All Saints in Upper Norwood. Educated at Winchester college 1904-9; matric. Oxford (Christ Church) 1909 BA 1912.

Was head of his House at Winchester, in the School Cricket XI and Association Football XI. Joined Blyth Greene Jourdain & Co., in City of London, 1913, and worked in the Christ Church Mission at Poplar under Rev. John S. Gibbs. Volunteered for service on outbreak of the Great War. 2nd Lieut., 8th (City of London) Battn. (Post Office Rifles) of the London Regt., 7 Sept. 1914, Captain November 15, Adjutant; wounded 28 April 1917 at cross roads between Mory and Ecoust St. Mein, nr. Bapaume, France, and invalided for the rest of the War. British War Medal and Allies' (Victory) Medal.

In Mauritius from 1919 with Blyth Brothers & Co. (sometime Senior Partner). O.B.E. 1932 for services in the cyclone of Mar. 1931. M.L.C. Mauritius 1932-40, Hon. Netherlands Consul, Port Louis, Managing Director and Chairman Blyth, Greene, Jourdain and Co. Ltd. London 1959-62,

1st Island Commander of Boys Scouts, Mauritius (Silver Wolf).

1 son and 3 daughters: Antony Jerome, died 1943 while saving another's life in Madagascar; Eleanor Frances Man m. John Edwin Ann, 2 daughters; Barbara Beatrix, m. Gerald Logan Taylor; (Anne) Rachel Benita, m. her third cousin John Baynton Rolt, eldest son of late Very Rev. Cecil Henry Rolt, M.A., sometime Dean of Cape Town, by his wife Mary, daughter of Very Rev. William Foxley-Norris, Dean of Westminster and grand-daughter of Ven. Alfred Pott, Archdeacon of Berks., and his wife Emily Harriett, sister of George Louis Monck Gibbs. John and Rachel Rolt live at Falcon Cottage, East Winterslow, Salisbury, Wilts.