Dorothy Maude Carnegie CHEALES
- Born: 20 Mar 1890, Chestnuts, Flowers Hill, Pangbourne, Reading, UK
- Christened: 21 May 1890, Brockham, Surrey, England
- Marriage: Captain Claude Charles BAMBER on 2 Feb 1915
- Died: 29 Apr 1979 aged 89
Another name for Dorothy was Aunt Dolly.
Dorothy's father took her on an educational tour of Europe between 1904 and 1908. She attended schools in France, Germany and Italy, where she learned to speak those languages. In 1908, they travelled from Vladivostok back to England via Germany.
Dorothy's parents moved house quite frequently between 1908 and 1923. Later they travelled to Ceylon, where her father commented: "Doubtless God could have created a finer country, but doubtless also he never did". In Ceylon, they visited relations who ran a tea plantation.
They also travelled widely in India, Malaya, Indonesia and Japan. Her father collected specimen butterflies and moths wherever they travelled and brought them back for display in a fine collector's cabinet. In Japan, they hired a guide to take them on a tour of the mountains, but after a fair distance the guide disappeared. Dorothy and her father were left to make their own way home, which they did after walking 32 miles.
Dorothy learned to play the piano, and also sketched in pen, pencil and watercolour. She kept an illustrated diary of her many travels. Dorothy was tall and athletic, and she partnered her father in tennis competitions, winning several. She often swam in the sea with her father, and they made a point of swimming round the pier together whenever they visited the coast.
In 1913, with the First World War looming, Dorothy trained as a nurse with the Red Cross and received the Red Cross Certificate on 29 November 1913.
Dorothy first met Claude Bamber at an Anglican church in the Black Forest where Claude and his twin brother, Bertie, were being educated. Both boys became frequent visitors to the Cheales house. Dorothy married Claude in 1915 after a seven year engagement.
Two sons, John and David, were born in 1915 and 1917, and Dorothy travelled to India in 1919 to be with her husband, Claude. However, he died in 1919. Dorothy and her sons returned to England, and the boys went to a prep school at Templegrove. They later gained Kitchener scholarships to Wellington College, while Dorothy lived with her parents.
In 1923, Dorothy and her parents moved to Rosebarton in Rowledge, Farnham, which had a 3 acre garden including apple orchard, apple storage house, hen house, tennis court, stream with a pond, garage, workshop and hut. Dorothy helped her mother run the house, and was also active in St. James' parish church.
In 1933, John went from Wellington to Woolwich Royal Military Academy, from where he was gazetted to the Royal Artillery as a 2nd Lieutenant. In 1938, he went to India with the Royal Artillery, and from there to Egypt at the start of the Second World Way, where he met Marion Johnston. They were married in 1940, but John was killed in 1941 in the Eritrea campaign. After John's death, Marion returned to England and went to stay with her mother-in-law, Dorothy. Marion stayed for a year at Rosebarton, living in John's room.
Dorothy retained her great faith through difficult years, and was always very supportive of Missions and Missionaries. She went out to Pakistan in 1958 to meet David's wife, Thea. David and Thea's son, Paul was born in January 1958, and Dorothy looked after him while Thea was working. Dorothy later moved to Lahore to run the missionary guesthouse, Mahn Singh Bagh, and also Hill Lodge Murree.
Dorothy returned to England in January 1959. She started to host the Annual CMS Fete in the garden at Rosebarton. In 1971, Rosebarton was sold and Dorothy moved to Greenstead in Rowledge, a smaller, more manageable house. Dorothy passed away peacefully on 29 April 1979.
Both Turlough Bamber and Robert Ashe remember the extraodinary generosity of Dorothy in terms of sending them to good schools.
Dorothy married Captain Claude Charles BAMBER, son of Colonel Claude James BAMBER and Claudine O'BRIEN, on 2 Feb 1915. (Captain Claude Charles BAMBER was born on 29 Jul 1889 in Multan Punjab and died on 26 Jan 1919 in Christian Cemetery, Military Hospital, Kohart, North Western Territory.)