This was in response to eltiteretista 's post about the infamous Hogan Alley interview, in which Lynn spoke about her grandparents -- "My grandfather had been a philatelist for King George V. He was probably one of the leading experts on forgeries....Well, when I was a kid, my grandfather was not a nice guy. If you talked to other people who knew him, he was a great guy with a sense of humor, and he was somebody they enjoyed knowing. But to me, he was a sadistic, black, haughty, unattainable ogre. I always felt his disappointment in me. I hated him and wanted him to love me at the same time. ... My grandmother was an opera singer who worked for a portrait painter who worked for the royal family. So of course they hobnobbed with the upper crust."
George Phillip Bainbridge was born 16 January 1886 at South Elkington, Lincolnshire, to farmer Isaac Sharpley Bainbridge and his wife Marian (née King). The Bainbridges were farmers on a large farm with some servants to help: in 1891 they had a governess and two servants, and in 1901 George and one of his brothers were living in Croydon, Surrey (now part of London) with their uncle John William King, a private schoolmaster. In 1911 George had returned to Lincolnshire to live in Louth with his widowed mother and one of his sisters; he was working as a stock-taking clerk for a timber merchant. Nice solid middle class roots: they owned their own farm, their children were educated, George had an office job.
By 1916 George had married Deborah (née Beverley) and was living at 1121 Mears Avenue, Victoria, BC. (There's no record of their marriage in the BC Vital Records, nor in the UK. Perhaps they married someplace else.) He joined the Canadian Over-Seas Expeditionary Force on 10 February 1916 at Victoria and said that he had had previous military experience with his School Cadets. He was then employed as a contractor's secretary, was 5'7" with a ruddy complexion, blue eyes and 'medium' hair, and was a member of the Church of England.
In May 1928 George and Deborah travelled to Liverpool via Quebec, with their ultimate destination being the household of George's brother Major John Frederick Bainbridge, MC, at Edlington Hall, Lincolnshire (now a B&B), where they remained until November 1928. George was an accountant, Deborah was a housewife, and they were accompanied by their three daughters, Unity L. (said to be aged 10), Ursula M. (said to be aged 8) and Monica B. (said to be aged 1). Upon their return trip the daughters were aged 10, 9 and 2. The family were living at 4545-6th Avenue, West Vancouver. Monica had been born in Vancouver, but Unity had been born in Victoria and Ursula had been born in Hindhead, Surrey, England. There's a bit more about Unity below.
Deborah Beverley, the wife of George Phillip Bainbridge, was born 19 November 1885 in Grimoldby, Lincolnshire. Her parents were Matthew Beverley, a farmer of 510 acres (in 1881), and Deborah Rowell (née Reed). They had three servants in 1881, and three servants and a governess in 1891 (by which time Matthew had died and his widow was living on a private income). In 1901 Deborah and her sister Edith were students at a boarding school in Myton, Yorkshire, and in 1911 Deborah was working as a Governess in Amersham, Buckinghamshire for the four-year-old son of the Speaight family -- the boy's parents were photographer Richard Neville Speaight and artist Alice Langford (née Cundy), a miniaturist.
In mid-January 1915 Deborah Beverley sailed from Liverpool to New York, saying that her last known residence had been Caxton, Lincolnshire, and travelled onward to Port Coquitlam, BC. Presumably she married shortly after arrival to George Phillip Bainbridge, but I can't find where or when. Given the proximity of their residences in their early years, it's likely that they were acquainted in England and married in Canada.
I've highlighted a few important names: George Bainbridge's mother was Marian, his daughter was Ursula M. Bainbridge -- Lynn's mother was Ursula Marian Bainbridge, namesake of Grandma Marian and April Marian. Deborah Beverley gives her name to at least two others: Beverley is Lynn's middle name (thanks again toaprilp_katje ) and Deborah, although never appearing in the strip, is Liz's middle name (it's in Q & Eh?).
The other name I highlighted was Langford, the middle name of the miniaturist Alice Speaight, for whose son Deborah Beverley was governess in 1911. That this name was re-used suggests that Deborah retained a close link to the Speaight family. The Speaights lived in Surrey in 1911 and that's where Ursula was born in 1918: maybe Deborah didn't always stay with her family but with her former employers, especially as her family were in Lincolnshire but most Canadian battalions, where her husband would have been, were stationed in Surrey.
Fascinatingly, she sought out remote locations and lived independently in the BC Interior during the 1930s...fascinating because her life seems so closely to parallel Liz's story in some ways (was Liz's desire to teach in remote locations really Lynn's re-telling of her life in Northern Manitoba or the story of Unity in her twenties?) and fascinating because I cannot recall Lynn having mentioned her aunt before, yet her aunt is clearly a respected artist in her own right. Surely this aunt would have been some kind of formative influence on Lynn, whether directly or indirectly through other family members saying that Lynn must have inherited her talent from Unity. Was Lynn's mother jealous of her sister and resented seeing the same talent in her daughter? Am I being too much of an armchair psychologist making wild suppositions based simply on the absence of evidence to the contrary (correct answer is yes)? :)