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Ethel OLSON [c.1899-????]
Ethel Olson appears in photographs with my 14 year old father, Reggie Warren, both in Singapore and in Hong Kong. She was married to my father's uncle, Charles Olson, and seems to have taken him under her wing to some extent after his own father, Charles Warren died. Although the family myth is of a complete rift between the Warrens and Olsons after the death of Charles Warren in 1923, a note from Ethel still exists congratulating Cicely Warren, wife of my uncle, Leslie Warren, on the birth of their daughter in 1927. It seems that Charles Olson left Ethel behind when he left Hong Kong at around that date. Ethel also kept an eye on her husband's nieces, Iris and Marjorie Warnes, who, after losing their parents, finished their education at the Canossian Convent. It would be interesting to know if there is any trace of Ethel after 1927 and whether she went back to England or perhaps remarried in Hong Kong. She seems to have been a sociable, generous and popular person who enjoyed giving others hospitality at the family house, 13 Broadwood Road. She was probably born around the turn of the century.