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This was one of 33 novels and short story collections that he wrote,  mostly dealing with colonial soldiering in Africa. His literary influences included Frederick MarryatR. Hentyand H. Wren subsequently claimed to have worked as a navvy, deckhand costermonger and fairground boxer during a three-year period between school and Oxford, as well as enlisting briefly as a cavalry trooper in the Queen’s Bays 2nd Dragoon Guards.
Wren worked as a boarding school teacher for a few beaau, during which he married Alice Shovelier, and had a daughter Estelle, born Between and he also worked with the Educational Inspectorate for Sind and lectured at a teachers’ training college. The only documented record of Wren’s military service records his appointment on 1 December as a reserve officer attached to an Indian infantry regiment – the st Grenadiers.
This unit served in German East Africa but Captain Wren is recorded as having been on sick leave from 17 February and leaving the Officers Reserve beak return to civil employment in October of that year. Wren’s obituaries refer to earlier service with the Poona Volunteer Rifles but this reflects confusion with another officer of the same name.
Wren resigned from the Indian Education Service in November His wife, Alice Lucille bequ 26 September in Poona, India; his daughter having died of pertussis whooping cough in the Nottinghamshire on 19 May From there it is claimed that he joined the French Foreign Legion for a single tour of five years though he would have been 42 years sren age on enlistment, somewhat older than the usual recruit.
He lived out the remainder of his life in Britain concentrating on his literary career.
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One of the few photographs of Wren known see above shows a typical British officer of the Edwardian era with clipped moustache, wearing plain dark blue regimental dress. Wren was a beaau secretive man, and his service in the Legion wgen never been confirmed. When his novels became famous, there was a mysterious bbeau of authenticating photographs of him as a legionnaire or of the usual press-articles by old comrades wanting to cash in on their memories of a celebrated figure.
It is now thought more likely that he encountered legionnaires during travels in French North Africaand skillfully blended their stories with his own memories of a short spell as a cavalry trooper in Britain. While his fictional accounts of life in the pre Foreign Legion are highly romanticised, his details of Legion wre, training, gestee and barrack room layout are generally accurate. This may, however, simply reflect careful baeu on his part. The descriptions of Legion garrison life given in his work The Wages of Virtuepublished in closely match those contained in the autobiographical In the Foreign Legion by ex-legionnaire Edwin Rosen, published by Duckworth London Similarly, the episode of the fallen soldiers in Beau Gestewho were propped up by Sergeant Major Lejaune to create the impression that they were still alive, was probably inspired by a story in Frederic Martyn’s memoirs, Life in the Legion: The Historical and Information Service of the Wrdn Legion holds no record of service by anyone of Wren’s name and have stated their belief that he obtained his information from a legionnaire discharged in In a recently published historymilitary writer Martin Windrow examines in detail the evidence for and against Wren’s service with the Foreign Legion before concluding that, in the absence of some further documentary discovery, the question is an insoluble one.
Among the mysteries of Wren’s life is the confirmed identity of his first wife. His stepson Alan Graham-Smith was told only that both she and a young daughter “Boodle” died at some date after Another of his early novels, Driftwood Spars published incontained a dedication: Isabel was his second wife.
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She had previously been married to Cyril Heste, a civil engineer employed in the Indian educational service at Poona. InGraham Smith filed for divorce, with Wren named as co-respondent. The divorce was granted, and a letter by Isabel to Ronald Colman who played Beau Geste in the silent film in on behalf of her “seriously ill” husband suggests that she and Wren had married at least as early as actual date 3 December Percival Wren reportedly did not have a close relationship with his father and the two ceased to have any contact after the son went to live in the United States during the s.
After many years in a successful teaching career, Graham-Smith, known to most people simply as Alan, retired to Devonwhere he lived in the South Hams coastal village of Torcross until his death on 31 December at the age of Graham-Smith ended up becoming the sole administrator of Wren’s estate for many years and possibly the last living person to have any personal acquaintance feste Wren.
He strongly maintained that Wren had indeed served in the French Foreign Legion and was always quick to refute those who said otherwise. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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Charles Scribner’s Sons,pp. Read online at archive. Wren ‘s Beau Geste. Beau Sabreur Beau Ideal.