Lieut-Col Guy du Maurier

Guy Louis Busson du Maurier was a dramatist who wrote the play An Englishman's Home and was the elder son of George du Maurier, a famous writer and Punch cartoonist. He was the brother of Gerald du Maurier, a manager and actor. Daphne du Maurier was one of Gerald's daughters. He was educated at Marlborough, went to Sandurst, and in 1885 became an officer in the Royal Fusiliers. He commanded a mounted Infantry unit in the Boer War and was awarded the DSO in 1902. He was commanding officer of the 3rd Battalion but killed by a direct hit at Kemmel on 9th march 1915. His sister was Sylvia Llewelyn Davies, and when she died in 1910 he became guardian to her 5 children who were the inspiration for J M Barrie's Peter Pan. When Guy's play An Englishman's Home was produced in 1909 in Germany it upset the Germans because of its clear and unfavourable references to their country

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