If you know anything about Miss Sybil Hudson we would be fascinated to hear it.
I would really like to share my small collection of Sybil’s memorabilia with her descendants, as well as satisfying my own curiosity, (whilst also adding to the wider picture).
Back row: Mr. Shaw – Tommy Nelson – Roy Parry – Victor Thomas – Archie Pitt – George Jewitt – ?
Middle row: Betty Fields – Gladys Blundell – Gladys Napolitano – Nita Bamber – Connie Houghton – Rita Ransome – Dolly Houghton – Nan Henderson – Gracie Fields – Maude Hardin
Front row: Sybil Hudson – Josi Coppech – Leon Cody – Viva Cody – Annie Lipman – Hilda Wray – Dolly Montford – Winnie Bedford – Edith Fields
Details of Sybil and Gracie from the cast photo
Sybil Hudson was in ‘Mr. Tower of London’ either right from the start, or at least from very early on in the run. She must have know Gracie well, and continued to write to Gracie in the following years. Unfortunately we have been unable to find out any more information about the lady.
Sybils post cards from Gracie and Betty
If anyone has more information about Sybil, we would love to hear it. As we now have her collection we would like to add any of Sybil’s details to them.
Sir Henry Wilson, 1st Baronet 5th May 1864 – 22nd June 1922
Sir Henry was one of the most senior British Army officers of WWI and played a major part in Anglo-French military arrangements before and during the war. After the war on the formation of Northern Ireland he became security adviser to the Northern Ireland government. He briefly served as an MP but was assassinated by two IRA gunmen in 1922 whilst on his way home after unveiling Liverpool Street station war memorial.
Mr. Archie Pitt and Miss Gracie Fields
request the pleasure of
Miss Sybil Hudsons
Company at the Chriton Restaurant
Clapham Junction (opposite Clapham
junction Station) on Saturday next,
April 21st, 1923, at 1.30, on the
occasion of their marriage.
Gracie said later in her life, ‘My wedding to Archie Pitt in Wandsworth’s bleak register office had seemed no holier than applying for a driver’s licence’
The only other reference I can find to Sybil is her appearance in ‘No, No, Nanette’ at the Prince’s Theatre, Bristol in 1925-26. This must have been her engagement right after Mr. Tower. Below is a letter to Sybil from Gracie in1947 returning a photo Sybil sent her and a current photo of herself.
A tantalising hint. Is this Sybil’s married name in her copy of Gracie’s biography ?