Despard, Leslie

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Working name of UK author John Leslie Despard Howitt (1895-1940), an author mostly of detective stories, though The Amazing Adventures of Mr Henry Button (1927) is an sf tale describing the Invention of a device designed to enforce peace upon the world. Though clearly over-age, he joined the RAF and was shot down in action. [JC]

John Leslie Despard Howitt

born Downham, Norfolk: 1895

died over Essex: 9 July 1940 [shot down in action]

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