Genealogy of John Douglas Todd and Isabella Cecilia
Hutchinson family tree.
John Douglas Todd
was born in Birkenhead in 1895 into a line of
merchant navy skippers.
He was second son in a family of 5.
Dougie's father died in 1910 following the loss of his ship.
This caused a family crisis so Dad gave up ideas of going to Oxford or
Cambridge (his headmaster Mr Ure had been so impressed with his
mathematics that he had offered to support him for a university place) and
sat the current Civil Service exam passing out 2nd and being posted to
Edinburgh to the Dept of Ag and Fish.
That, of course, is where he met Katey Sim and her best friend Bee (Isabel
To get a paid holiday he joined the army cadet force which explained why
in 1914 he landed in France and almost immediately got blood poisoning
which he eventually survived and was sent home to the Royal Scots base in
He served out the war as an orderly there, was discharged home to
Edinburgh and became even more involved with the Hutchinson/Sim
In 1922 he married Bee in Braemar. He spent his life in the Civil Service
and must have been acceptably "civil" for he ended up flogging old war
ships to the deserving poor.
In the 1920's he played chess then he started bridge, and played in the
first London Association Trophy (his team was captained by E J Cleal,
Dad's partner, A Higgs and Mrs E R Higgs). I have the Trophy but it is
undated but must have been early 30's.
Going back to Dad's family he had 2 brothers, Charles who died in the
14/18 war and Len who went to Australia in the 20's, marrying Florence and
dying of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma about 1945. Florence returned to this
country after the war and I met her a few times but do not have her
address; he also had 2 sisters Norah and Eileen, both are now dead and
neither were married nor had children)
As you observed my generation is popping off at a disastrous rate so
if we can help with any acceptable, or otherwise, recollections please
let us know. It was great fun meeting "young" Tom so please commiserate
with him about his poor hearing.
IDHT - GH February 2006.
||Domestic science teacher.
Resided mainly in Hounslow, Middlesex, though spent war years with her
children at her mother's in Braemar. At one time lived at 22 Lampton Park
Died in London.
||Ian Douglas Hutchinson Todd.
||29 Jan 1927
||m. 1954, Joan Waller, (*d. 15 Oct 2005) 4
Children: Jane Elizabeth m. Michael McGovern, div, 1 son, 1 dau;
Andrew; Susan Mary, m. div, m. Richard Moss, 1 dau; Peter,
||Celia Margaret Todd
||4 Dec 1930
||m. John Michael ("Jock") Evans, 2 sons:
Alexander John ("Sandy"), died; Michael Ian ("Mickey"), m. Marta.
Page data from CS 24 February 2002. (Family bible, BDM, family
* Jane Todd.
# Ian Todd.