Henry Fielding Dickens.

 

Henry Fielding Dickens (1849 – 1933) was the eighth of ten children born to English author Charles Dickens and his wife Catherine Hogarth.

 

Early Life.

Henry Fielding Dickens was named after Henry Fielding, a favourite author of his father. He was educated at Wimbledon and at Boulogne-sur-Mer and entered Trinity Hall, Cambridge, in 1868. He graduated in mathematics and subsequently studied law.

 

Career.

In 1873 he was called to the bar. He married Marie Roche (1852-1940) in 1876 and they had seven children. In 1892 he was appointed Queen’s Counsil. He became a Bencher of the Inner Temple in 1899. In 1902 he defended Kitty Byron who stood trial for the murder of her lover. She was convicted but his defense caused a public petition that resulted in a reduced sentence.

In 1917 he became Common Serjaent at the Old Bailey in London, judging trials until he retired in 1932. When he crossed Chelsea Embankment in 1933 he was hit by a motorcycle and he died two weeks later at St. Luke’s Hospital. Among his descendents are the authors Monica Dickens and Lucinda Hawksley and the actor Gerald Dickens.

 

Later Life.

Henry Fielding Dickens retired in August 1932. He died at St. Luke’s Hospital, Chelsea in 1933, five days after being hit by a motorcycle while crossing Chelsea Embankment at his usual place and by his usual method of warning motorists by holding up his walking stick and stepping out into the road. He was the last surviving child of Charles Dickens. A private funeral service was held for Henry Fielding Dickens at Putney Vale Cemetery on Saturday 23 December 1933.

 

 

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