Guy Louis Busson du Maurier DSO (18 May 1865, London, England – 9 Mar 1915, Kemmel, Flanders, Belgium) was an English army officer and playwright. He was the son of the writer George du Maurier and brother of Sylvia Llewelyn Davies and the actor Gerald du Maurier. He was educated at Marlborough and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, and in 1885 became an officer in the Royal Fusiliers. He served in the Second Boer War, where he commanded a mounted infantry regiment, earning the Distinguished Service Order in 1902. He achieved notoriety in 1909 as the author of the play An Englishman's Home. At the death of his sister Sylvia, and as requested in her will, he became co-guardian to the Llewelyn Davies boys who inspired Peter Pan. He served for the last time in World War I, being killed in action in Flanders in 1915. J. M. Barrie wrote to Guy's nephew George Llewelyn Davies to inform him of the death; by the time Barrie received his response, George himself had been killed.
Du Maurier most notably made a stir in 1909 with "An Englishman's Home", which tells the story of the Brown family under invasion by an unnamed foreign power. When the play was staged in Germany, it caused an outrage, as the German press saw clear references to their Homeland. In 1940 it was made into a propaganda film, more pointedly titled "Mad Men of Europe".
- ↑ Marlborough College 1905
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- ↑ The London Gazette: . February 6, 1885.
- ↑ Dunbar 1970, p.161
- ↑ The London Gazette: . October 31, 1902.
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- ↑ Dunbar 1970, pp.273-274
- ↑ http://archive.org/details/englishmanshomep00dumauoft
- ↑ http://digitalgallery.nypl.org/nypldigital/id?th-10827
- ↑ http://www.rugbyremembers.co.uk/playersm-z.html
- Birkin, Andrew (2003). J M Barrie and the Lost boys. Yale University Press. ISBN 0-300-09822-7.
- Dudgeon, Piers (2008). Captivated: J.M. Barrie, the du Mauriers and the dark side of Neverland. Chatto & Windus. ISBN 978-0-7011-8216-8.
- Dunbar, Janet (1970). J. M. Barrie: The Man Behind the Image. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company.
- Marlborough College (1905). Marlborough College Register from 1843 to 1904 Inclusive. p. 348. OCLC 18234600. http://www.archive.org/details/marlboroughcoll00englgoog.
- "Player Portraits". Rosslyn Park Memorial Project. http://www.rugbyremembers.co.uk/playersm-z.html.
- "Du Maurier, Guy Louis Busson". Commonwealth War Graves Commission. http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=154969.
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