Beryl Margaret Brodribb White

Beryl White was born in Crouch End, London in 1891 and was a long-standing friend of Molly Evans. It is not entirely clear how the two met but it would seem to be likely it was around the activities of Miss Rawlins, principal of the school at Beach Court, Walmer.

The 1911 census shows Beryl, aged 20, living with her parents in Chingford, where she is described as a teacher in a private school.  Also living in Chingford in the same census was a young man called John Alfred Hardman, born in 1886 in Rio De Janeiro, whose family continued to have business interests in Brazil.

John Alfred Hardman appears to have returned to the family business in Brazil in 1914. In July 1918 banns were read in Beryl’s local church in Bishop’s Stortford and she left to marry John in Rio on 31 Dec 1918. Their son Bill Hardman was born in 1920.

The photos that Molly kept also show Beryl in later life with her grandchild, the daughter of Bill Hardman. Her husband died on 24 Jul 1945 and she on 7 May 1964, both in Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro.

Last updated on 19 June 2020 by JJ Morgan