Author Topic: The Tragic Ending of Bevil Quiller-Couch  (Read 1670 times)

Dani1923

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The Tragic Ending of Bevil Quiller-Couch
« on: August 24, 2016, 02:43:27 AM »
I'm surprised this isn't in The Lost Boys book, and that Barrie didn't even mention it! Bevil Quiller-Couch, or The Pippa as Barrie called him as a small child when Barrie did the first picture book with him and Porthos, died on February 6th 1919 during the Spanish flu pandemic after World War l. Bevil and Barrie were close friends when Bevil was small (before Barrie met the Llewellyn Davies brothers) and Barrie frequently wrote to Arthur Quiller-Couch, Bevil's father, frequently, so I'm very surprised Barrie never mentioned Bevil's death!
2 additional interesting facts:
1. Arthur Quiller-Couch was the inspiration for the character of Ratty in Kenneth Grahame's Wind in the Willows.
2. Bevil was engaged to a woman named
May Wedderburn Cannan, who was the cousin of Gilbert Cannan! Bevil wrote love letters to her while he was in the war, which were compiled into a book called Tears of War published in 2002.

Larry R

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Re: The Tragic Ending of Bevil Quiller-Couch
« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2016, 04:51:30 PM »

                                            He's got a wikipedia page. I'm guessing he would have been around 28 or 29 at the time of his death. There also seems to be very little on the passing of Margaret Henley.

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Re: The Tragic Ending of Bevil Quiller-Couch
« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2016, 09:15:52 PM »
I got most of this information from his Wiki page! Lol!

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Re: The Tragic Ending of Bevil Quiller-Couch
« Reply #3 on: August 26, 2016, 05:50:46 PM »

                                                   So many tragedies, and there seems to be little information on the deaths of Barrie's nephews Charlie (Peterkin) and Willie in World War 1.