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In Memoriam - Bridget Evans (nee Lloyd) OF 1945-1952

27 Jul 2022
Written by Lexi Pepperday

Bridget was very happy during her time at Frensham and always spoke warmly about the school and its enlightened educational approach. She left in 1952 after being head girl. She then went off to France to improve her French by working as a governess and attending a course at the Sorbonne.

After a secretarial course she worked briefly for Shell before joining the Foreign Office to see the world. Her first posting was to Israel which she greatly enjoyed making many friends with whom she kept up for most of her life. Her next posting was to Rangoon where through family contacts she met General Ne Win becoming a member of his inner circle. He subsequently became Head of State after a military coup. Much to the ambassador’s chagrin she was the only person in the Embassy to have contact with Ne Win and was able to provide invaluable reports on the progress of the new regime. She did so well that her London boss wanted to promote her to the officer grade. This proved impossible as she had fallen in love with a colleague and planned to marry. In those days marriage was not permitted for female diplomats and she had to resign.

She was married to Alun for 58 years and they had 3 sons and in time 5 grandchildren. She loyally carried out the important role of diplomatic wife in Singapore, Geneva and South Africa. She was also Chairman, in London, of what is now the Diplomatic Service Families Association working with colleagues to ensure greater recognition of the role and sacrifices made by spouses in diplomacy.

She was a strong character which was greatly to the benefit of her family and her death has left a great void in many people’s lives.

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