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Gertrude Anne (Hobbs) Chambers (1883 - 1966)

Gertrude Anne "Biddy" Chambers formerly Hobbs
Born in Woolwich, Kent, Englandmap
Daughter of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married 25 May 1910 in Lewisham, London, Englandmap
Died at about age 83 in Haringey, London, Englandmap
Profile last modified | Created 10 Dec 2017
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Gertrude Annie "Biddy" Hobbs Chambers was born in 1883 at Woolwich, Kent, England.[1]

She married Oswald Chambers on 25th May 1910 at Lewisham, London.[2][3] Their daughter Kathleen was born on 24th May 1913.

In 1915 the family moved to Zeitoun, Cairo, Egypt where Oswald was the chaplain of the YMCA. Australians and New Zealanders came from the nearby military base to enjoy Gertrude's tea and refreshments as well as recreation and quiet time. In the evenings, Oswald gave devotionals. Biddy was a remarkable stenographer, and she took down everything her husband said. When he died suddenly in 1917 from appendicitis, she and their daughter Kathleen remained carrying on the ministry. Upon returning to England in 1919, she began the work of compiling all the notes she had taken into books.[4][5]

She passed away in 1966 at Haringey, London, having completed 31 volumes of Oswald Chamber's work.[6] Kathleen finished the 32nd and last volume. [7]


  1. UK FreeBMD Birth Index Sep qtr 1883, vol 1d, page 1133
  2. UK FreeBMD Marriage Index Jun qtr 1910, vol 1d, page 1582
  6. UK FreeBMD Death Index Mar qtr 1966, vol 5b, page 920
  • "England and Wales Census, 1911," database, FamilySearch ( : 1 August 2017), Gertrude Anne Chambers in household of Oswald Chambers, Wandsworth Borough, S W, London, England; from "1911 England and Wales census," database and images, findmypast ( : n.d.); citing PRO RG 14, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.
  • Chambers, Gertrude (Biddy). Archival Collections at Wheaton College. Retrieved from the World Wide Web December 10, 2017.

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