Family Group Sheet
Family Group Sheet
NameEdward Lennard CHUTE
Birth1876, The Rectory, Moulton, Norfolk, England
EducationBrighton College
FatherRev Edward Russell CHUTE (1846-1889)
Other spousesEthel Alice SEYMOUR
SpouseMadam Dorcas Ajamubaghan ETIE EJOH-OKI
Death7 Aug 1944
Birth12 Apr 1912, Probably at Ifie, near Warri, Nigeria
DeathNov 22nd 2006
Notes for Edward Lennard CHUTE
Trooper in Matabeleland Mounted Police 1897-1901; on 4 September 1902 was appointed Assistant District Commissioner in what later became Nigeria, working initially at Calabar; on 1 January 1908 was appointed Commissioner of Police; worked in Warri then left Nigeria. South African War Medal and Clasp.

Appointed to a temporary commission as Captain, West Riding Regiment on 13 September 1914. He worked in Divisional Transport and trained at Roehampton in aerial observation (from balloons). He worked with the French Flying Corps in Egypt and wanted a career (in balloons) with the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) but, despite apparently having been employed as a Balloon Company Commander, was deemed to be unfit medically for General Services in the RFC, and unsuitable for employment as an instructor in balloon work on the ground. He relinquished his commission on account of poor health, including heart problems, on 28 November 1917

By the 1930s, it appears that he returned to the area where he had been in the Matabele Mounted Police, since in September 1935 he applied for a grant of £22 from the Officers Department of the British Legion to help him return from England to his home in Northern Rhodesia (as Zambia was then callled). He died in 1949, presumably in Northern Rhodesia, where he worked as a tobacco planter. He apparently married again after leaving Dorcas Etie, mother of Diana Alicia, and returning to England in 1914 but appears to have had no other known children. Described as Tobacco planter in Burke’s.
Notes for Madam Dorcas Ajamubaghan ETIE EJOH-OKI
Of Ifie, near Warri, Benin. Nigeria. A member of the Itsekiri tribe in Warri in Mid West Nigeria, Benin. See History of the Itsekiri by William Moore.57

Professor Lloyd: “Historically, the ltsekiri have a monarchy, over 500 years old, and which, as a rallying point in their society, remains its supreme government. From 1480 to now, there have reigned 19 Olus: five Olus of the pre-Christian era; 1480 - 1597: eight Roman Catholic Olus from 1597-1735, and six Olus of the post-Roman Catholic Christian era.”

Had only the one child; said to have subsequently married on two or possibly three occasions Nigerians who most likely, but not certainly, were Itsekiri. Dates of marriages and names of husbands unknown.  One was said to have left to trade in eastern Nigeria.  She was a trader, mainly in textiles.  She took care of Adebisi Olumide and Billy Dudley – her grandchildren – before they went to secondary school.  No husband was living with her while Billy was young.  Domestic help was provided by resident young girls.

Memorial service held at Christ African Church, Warri, on Sunday 10 August, 1969
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