Sir Cecil Francis Joseph Dormer (1883-1979)Aaron to Insert photo of just Cecil in the newspaperphoto of both him and his wife leaving Norway unless abetter one can be found
Cecil Francis Joseph Dormer was born on 14 February (or March) in 1883in Kensington, Greater London, Middlesex and lived a long, industrious,respected and celebrated life, dying at the grand old age of 96 in 1979.He was the tenth child and fifth son of the Honourable Hubert FrancisDormer and Mary Jane Elizabeth Digby; and the grandson of the 11
Baron Dormer.Cecil held the romantic and gentlemanly title of Knight Diplomat.In the Catholics Who’s Who and Year Book of 1908, his father, HubertFrancis Dormer, who was a clerk in the Admiralty, is listed as late of theAdmiralty – born 1837 son of the 11
and uncle of the (then) present LordDormer. Hubert was educated at Oscott and married Mary, daughter of Kenelm Henry Digby, author of the ‘Broadstone of Honour’, in 1865. Marywas the granddaughter of the Dean of Clonfert.On 25 February 1915 Cecil married Lady Mary Alice Clara Feilding, thefirst daughter and 3
child of ten children of Rudolph Robert Basil AloysiusAugustine Feilding, 9
Earl of Denbigh, and the Honourable Cecilia MaryClifford. Both Cecil and Mary were members of noted Catholic families.Entering the Foreign Office in 1905, at 22, and with diplomatic postingsaround the world – Cecil’s life story reads like a Boy’s Own adventurecomplete with the tag line ‘always just one step ahead of danger’ -because it could be said that trouble tended to follow Cecil everywhere hewent. It was certainly a life filled with dangerous exploits, risk, excitementand intrigue, sprinkled with an occasional dash of humour.He went to Japan as counsellor to the Embassy at a time when the Pacifichad a barely a ripple on it. Then Japan started on its imperial adventureswhich resulted in upheaval in the Orient. The same sort of thing happened when he went from Tokyo to then Siam,now Thailand. The country hadn’t had a revolution for about 150 years,but in the course of three years Cecil saw three revolutions and
a civilwar. Then he went to Oslo, Norway, a country with little prospect of anydisturbances – and five years later all hell broke out in the form of theSecond World War.