12th June 1965

Dame Sibyl became a dame again

Sibyl Hathaway was added to the long list of islanders who were recognised for their contribution to life in the Channel Islands, on 12 June 1965.

Reporting the honour, the Daily Mirror called her “one of the most picturesque figures on today’s Birthday Honours… 81 year old Mrs Sibyl Hathaway, Dame of Sark, the ‘little Channel Island’.”

Hathaway was created Dame of the Order of the British Empire, alongside sculptor Barbara Hepworth, despite the fact that she was already a “Dame” in her own right. As the then-feudal ruler of Sark, “Dame” was her official title.

Dame Sibyl Hathaway

Dame Hathaway was recognised not only for her long service to the island, but her skillful management and liaison during the second world war when it was occupied by German troops. A less determined figure might have acquiesced to their every demand. However, she ensured that protocol was followed and that they respected her position.

On the same day that Dame Sibyl was awarded, Dr Beeching, former chair of the British Railways Board, was created a life baron. He is latterly remembered for cutting many rail services and closing several lines and stations. Actress Violet Carson, who played Ena Sharples in the soap opera Coronation Street was made an OBE, and each of the four members of the Beatles became an MBE.


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Other events that occured in June

Cricketer Charles Grieve died in Shropshire 1st
St Johns undertook its first Guernsey rescue 2nd
Bailiff John Guille died in Plymouth 3rd
GUNS writer Joseph John Gillingham was deported 4th
First arrests were made at Guernsey Airport 5th
Jethou was put on the market 6th
The king and queen celebrated Guernsey’s liberation 7th
Occupying forces confiscated Guernsey’s radios 8th
Guernsey Railway company ceased operations 9th
Guernsey welcomed its first steam ship 10th
Laura Kennington kicks off Channel Islands triathlon 11th
Dame Sibyl became a dame again 12th
Guernsey voted to legalise local abortions 13th
Victor Hugo’s house is opened to the public 14th
The Channel Islands were demilitarised 15th
Guernsey was invaded by Colorado beetles 16th
States Telephone Department was established 17th
Pollet guest house fire claimed its third victim 18th
Aurigny founder Derrick Bailey died 19th
Guernsey joined the Football Association 20th
Guernsey’s school children were evacuated 21st
Guernsey celebrated Queen Victoria’s jubilee 22nd
Princess Elizabeth opened Guernsey’s hospital 23rd
Guernsey chose England over France 24th
First meeting of Guernsey’s Controlling Committee 25th
Guernsey bought Fort Grey from the War Office 26th
Guernsey coffee trader William Le Lacheur died 27th
G-JOEY completes his last flight 28th
Guernsey suffered its first and only air raid
The Star was published for the first time 29th
Two deserters were shot after landing on Guernsey 30th