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3 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Despard, Annabelle Frances (P273)
4 Anglican Parish Registers. Woking, Surrey, England: Surrey History Centre. Source (S1209681839)
5 Civil Engineer Membership Forms, 1818–1930. London, UK: Institution of Civil Engineers. Source (S1209681840)
6 England, Essex Parish Registers, 1538-1900. Salt Lake City, Utah: FamilySearch, 2013. Source (S1209681836)
7 Great Britain Deaths and Burials, 1778-1988. Salt Lake City, Utah: FamilySearch, 2013. Source (S1209681841)
8 Will Calendars. Public Record Office of Northern Ireland. accessed 17 May 2016. Source (S1209681837)

Home Office: Criminal Registers, Middlesex and Home Office: Criminal Registers, England and Wales; Records created or inherited by the Home Office, Ministry of Home Security, and related bodies, Series HO 26 and HO 27; The National Archives of the UK (TNA), Kew, Surrey, England.

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Leeds Quarter Sessions, Order and Indictment Books. West Yorkshire Archive Service, Leeds, England.

West Riding Quarter Sessions, Order Books, West Yorkshire Archive Service, Wakefield, England.

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11 Alternative Wife?
Ethel Mary Nixon Nicholls1910–1981Birth 27 SEP 1910Death MAR 1981 • Braintree, Essex, England 
Nicholls, Ethel Mary Nixon (P274)
12 Ammie (sic), Bill, Sarah - (Rear), Emma, Alice, Frederick (Front)
Family Pic
Preuss, Alice Flora (P551)
13 An Irish doctor from Clonmel, Co. Tipperary with a wide range of interests, Hemphill experimented with the latest photographic techniques and won several prestigious awards. At a time when photography was a complex, expensive and sometimes dangerous pursuit, Hemphill was among the first to photograph in detail antiquities such as the Rock of Cashel and Holycross Abbey.
A fascinating aspect of Hemphill’s work was his stereoscopic photography which he published in volumes of books.

Hemphill, William Despard (P716)
14 Anglican Parish Registers. Marriage Bonds and Allegations. Somerset Archives & Local Studies, South West Heritage Trust, Taunton, England. Source (S1209681842)
15 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Despard, Annabelle Frances (P273)
16 Charles Despard was born at Woodleigh, Cultra on 31 December 1880, the youngest child of William Francis (a land and estate agent) and Mary Despard (nee Hunt). Charles was educated at RBAI and, in 1899, he enlisted in the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry where he served as a Private, then Corporal. He joined the Imperial Yeomanry and served in the South African War. He was commissioned on 1 April 1900 and, a year later, was Mentioned in Despatches ‘For gallantry while serving as a Subaltern with the 74th Imperial Yeomanry during the extraction of a convoy from a difficult situation near Griquatown, Cape Colony on 24 August 1901 during the South African War’. He was also awarded the Queen’s and King’s Medals during this time.

After the war, fired with a sense of adventure, Charles emigrated to Canada to work in Saskatchewan as a rancher, returning to England on the outbreak of war in August 1914 to volunteer for active service. He was commissioned into the Service Squadron of the 6th Inniskilling Dragoons as a Lieutenant on 19 October 1914 and was appointed Captain on 30 October 1915, serving first with the 36th (Ulster) Division, then with the North Irish Horse. While preparing for war, Charles Despard met and married Josephine Madden in Leixlip, County Kildare.

All too soon, he was on the front lines of World War 1 and, as Officer in Command of ‘D’ Company 9th (North Irish Horse) Royal Irish Fusiliers, he saw action near Cambrai and was involved in the retreat from St Quentin, earning both the Military Cross and the Distinguished Service Order.

The citations conjure the picture of a man of considerable selflessness. The Military Cross Citation, awarded for ‘conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty’ spoke of how he commanded his company with the greatest skill and gallantry during an attack, clearing a portion of the village on the flank of the battalion. At dusk, seeing that he was in danger of being cut off, he withdrew his own and two other companies, evacuated all the wounded, and held a line south of the village. During all this time he moved about under very heavy machine-gun fire, regardless of personal danger, and displayed the greatest coolness and courage.

The Distinguished Service Order, awarded after the gruelling five day withdrawal from St Quentin in 1918 highlighted his high qualities as a leader, second-in-command of his Battalion. While in command of the rear-guard, the gallantry and determination with which he disputed the ground was largely responsible for the safe withdrawal of the rest of the main body.

Sadly, just a few months after that display of courage, Captain Charles Beauclerk Despard, then aged 37, was killed in action by shellfire at Kemmel Hill … the last surviving Captain in 108th Brigade of the 36th (Ulster) Division. He was buried in Kemmel Cemetery but his grave was subsequently lost and so, today, he is commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium … and, of course, at his school. 
Despard, Charles Beauclerk (P481)
17 Church of Ireland Marriage Licenses from Diocese of Dublin 1638 -1794s=spinster, w=widow GROOM LOCATION OCCUP. BRIDE S/W PLACE DATEDESPARd, John Queens Co. Esq Usher, Ellinor w Conturke 16 Feb 1738 Despard, John (P378)
18 Cyril Carlyle Beattyb.26 February 1888 d.6 April 1980
MC(1916) MRCS LRCP(1911) MB BS Lond(1920) MRCP(1922) FRCP(1940)
Cyril Beatty was born at Stockton-on-Tees and educated at Barnard Castle and the University of London. He was the son of William John Beatty, also a medical practitioner, and his wife, Alice Letitia Fitzgerald, the daughter of John Scott, a clerk in holy orders. His clinical training was undertaken at the London Hospital where, after qualifying in 1911, he held appointments as house physician, house surgeon, emergency officer, and medical registrar. His studies had been interrupted by the outbreak of the first world war when he joined the RAMC, serving until 1917 and winning the Military Cross.
On demobilization, he became clinical assistant at the Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street. He was later appointed physician to the Royal Northern Hospital, the Evelina Hospital for Children, Chalfont and Gerrard’s Cross Hospital, and Wood Green and Southgate Hospital.
Cyril Beatty had very definite ideas on the National Health Service and, on its inauguration, resigned from the staff of the Royal Northern. He married Constance Hermine, daughter of Arthur Vandeleur Despard, in 1919, and they had three sons, two of whom became medical practitioners. This made five generations of doctors in the Beatty family. Cyril listed his hobbies as ‘living in the country and philately’. After his retirement he was troubled with increasing deafness. He was a very able physician, courteous to patients and staff, and gifted with charm and a quiet wit. His only fault was that he was too shy and retiring.
Sir Gordon Wolstenholme
(Volume VII, page 27)
Beatty, Cyril Carlyle Dr (P497)
19 DESPARD, Donald Francis – It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Donald F. Despard on February 5, 2013, at the Kirkland & District Hospital, after a short illness, at the age of 84. Don is survived by his loving wife of 48 ½ years, Susan. He leaves to mourn: his loving children, Wendy (Aaron) Howey and Shawn Despard; grandson, Jeffrey Paquette; and extended family members. Don served his country in the Korean War then later in the Merchant Marines; Don was a proud member of the Royal Canadian Legion for many years. He was a prayerful man and a faithful member of Holy Name of Jesus Parish. He had a way of keeping the family together. Don will be missed by all who knew him. Cremation has taken place. A funeral Mass will be held at Holy Name of Jesus Parish (37 Kirkland Street West, Kirkland Lake, Ontario), Thursday, February 14th at 10:00 a.m. Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario (P.O. Box 7008, Station Main, London, ON, N5Y 5W7) in his memory are appreciated by his family. Despard, Donald Francis (P640)
20 DESPARD, JOHN, army officer and colonial administrator; b. 1745 in Ireland, fifth son of William Despard; m. Harriet Anne Hesketh, and they had one daughter; d. 3 Sept. 1829 at Swan Hill, Oswestry, England.
Despard, John Lt.-Gen (P103)
21 Died at age 90. Despard, Henry Maj Gen (P80)
22 Died Jul 1813 in At Battle Of The Pyrenees Despard, William Maj (P68)
23 Dodge, Richard Despard. "The Despard Family." Proceedings of the Huguenot Society of America, Vol. 2. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, January 1896.  Source (S1222365845)
24 Genealogical Society of Utah. British Isles Vital Records Index, 2nd Edition. Salt Lake City, Utah: Intellectual Reserve, copyright 2002. Used by permission. Source (S1209681843)
25 George Despard was the son of Richard Despard and Elizabeth Despard. He was an officer in the 53rd Shropshire Light Infantry. After retiring from the army, he became Head Constable of the Royal Irish Constabulary of County Meath and Resident Magistrate of Rathmolyon, Meath. He passed away in 1846. Despard, George Capt (P33)
26 Gertrude Priscilla Carden was born in 1801 or 1802, the daughter of Captain Caleb Carden of Lismore. She married George Despard of Donore House, Captain in the 53rd Shropshire Light Infantry and later Resident Magistrate of Rathmolyon, County Meath. She died in London in 1864. (Note that three generations of George Despards of Donore married successively three Gertrude Cardens of Lismore. Not an error.)

Dodge, Richard Despard. "The Despard Family." Proceedings of the Huguenot Society of America, Vol. 2. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, January 1896.
Burke's Peerage: F, #363012
Carden, Gertrude Priscilla (P32)
27 Henry Despard, who commanded British forces in the northern war in New Zealand in the 1840s, was born probably in 1784 or 1785. His military family had Huguenot and Irish connections. His father was Captain Philip Despard; his mother's name is unknown. One of his uncles, Colonel Edward Marcus Despard, was the last man sentenced to be hung, drawn and quartered for treason in 1803 after he led an Irish uprising in London. Another uncle, General John Despard, was Henry's sponsor when he married Anne Rushworth at Chelsea, Londo, on 1 June 1824.
In 1799 Despard was commissioned as an ensign in the 17th Regiment of Foot. He saw active service in several campaigns in India between 1808 and 1818, became a brigade major in 1817 and a lieutenant colonel in 1829, and was inspecting officer of the Bristol recruiting district from 1838 to 1842; in 1842 he took command of the 99th (Lanarkshire) Regiment of Foot, stationed in Sydney.
On 1 June 1845 Despard and two companies of his regiment arrived in Auckland in response to an appeal for assistance by Governor Robert FitzRoy after Hone Heke's attack on Kororareka (Russell). Despard, who had been given the temporary rank of colonel on the governor's staff, took command of all British troops in New Zealand. On 8 June he sailed for the Bay of Islands with more than 600 men, the largest British force yet seen in New Zealand. They disembarked on 16 June and established a base at the Waimate mission station; there they were joined by the forces of the government's main Maori ally, Tamati Waka Nene, before advancing on Hone Heke and Kawiti's pa at Ohaeawai.
On 24 June Despard's forces began to bombard Ohaeawai, the first pa designed to resist artillery fire. Ohaeawai had two lines of stockade, which incorporated a number of salients, and its 100-strong garrison was protected by a complex of bunkers and trenches.
On 1 July the pa's garrison made a daring sortie which prompted Despard to order an attack on Ohaeawai that afternoon. Although no real breach had appeared in Ohaeawai's stockades, Despard believed that they had been so weakened by the bombardment that his attacking force would be able to pull them down or climb over them using ladders. The British force attacked courageously in the face of heavy fire, but could make no impression on the virtually undamaged main stockade, and Despard was forced to order a recall. More than 100 of Despard's men were killed or wounded in this action, which he attributed to the attackers' failure to carry axes and other tools as he had ordered. However, he later conceded that the pa's stockades were so strong that his plan had had little chance of success. The despondent Despard ordered a retreat to Waimate, but, persuaded that this would be unwise, he resumed the bombardment of Ohaeawai. Early on 11 July the pa was found to be empty and after destroying it Despard's force retired to Waimate.
Between July and November 1845 active military operations virtually ceased. During this period Despard was involved in attempts to negotiate a peaceful settlement. After the final breakdown of these negotiations in early December, the new governor, George Grey, ordered Despard to begin operations against Kawiti's new and formidable pa at Ruapekapeka. Despard had a force of around thirteen hundred British troops and several hundred Maori; substantial artillery support was available for the expedition, which began with an advance from the Kawakawa River in early December. Despard's force reached Ruapekapeka in late December, after a gruelling advance over rough country. A heavy bombardment of the pa began on 10 January 1846, but the next day it was found to have been all but abandoned. Despard's forces rushed into Ruapekapeka and were briefly resisted by Kawiti and a few of his warriors, who then withdrew behind the pa, where Hone Heke and most of the garrison were concealed. After some hours of fighting around the pa, Heke and Kawiti's force withdrew. Initially Despard falsely claimed that the pa had been taken by assault; however, Heke and Kawiti were probably deliberately attempting to draw the British forces into an ambush.
The northern war ended later in January and Despard left New Zealand for New South Wales. On 2 July 1846 he was created CB for his services, and in 1854 he was promoted to major general; he then retired from the army. He died at Heavitree, Devon, England, on 30 April 1859.
While in New Zealand Despard exhibited a determined and combative spirit, and his conduct of operations retained the support of his superiors. Nevertheless, his performance during the campaigns of 1845–46 was seriously flawed. In part this resulted from his own character. He could be kindly and considerate, but in New Zealand painful bouts of neuralgia and the pressures of active service exacerbated his tendency towards bad temper, impatience and obstinacy. He also had a contempt for the Maori, which led him to underestimate his opponents, although he later developed more respect for them.
At Ohaeawai and Ruapekapeka Despard's lack of patience led him to plan ill-advised assaults, which he only abandoned after protests from his officers and Maori allies. During the operations at Ohaeawai Despard employed his artillery incompetently, failing to concentrate fire on one section of the stockades and wasting ammunition through intermittent fire which gave the garrison time to repair damage. His decision to attack Ohaeawai was prompted more by a fit of temper brought on by the garrison's sortie, than by strictly military considerations. The soundness of Despard's plan of attack is also open to serious question. It has been suggested that Despard had no way of knowing how strong Ohaeawai's defences were, but the missionary Robert Burrows, who often spoke with Despard, had a good knowledge of the pa's construction. During the Ruapekapeka expedition Despard exercised more care and caution, although his poor judgement was again evident.
The position of commander of British troops during the northern war was demanding, and it is not surprising that Henry Despard, a man of about 59 or 60 who had not seen active service for nearly 30 years, was unequal to the task.
Despard, Henry Maj Gen (P80)

Born near Dublin, Ireland, 23 July 1821, son of Joseph Pemberton and Margaret Stephans. Married 1864, London, to Theresa Jane Despard Grautoff (b 1843 England; died 24 Aug 1916, at the age of 74, in Victoria, BC, Canada)
In 1855, Pemberton brought his sister Susan, and his favorite uncle, August Frederick Pemberton, back from England with him.
Returned from England in 1864 aboard the Brother Jonathan with wife Theresa. (source Maritime Plaque Page)
Died 11 Nov 1893, at the age of 72 in Oak Bay, near Victoria, BC, Canada

In 1849, the British Colonial Office had suggested to the Hudson's Bay Company that it submit a proposal for the government and colonization of Vancouver's Island.
A year later, on December 9th, 1850, Joseph Despard Pemberton wrote to The Hudson's Bay Company seeking employment as "…a Surveyor and Engineer of thorough business habits and energy… with reference the Colonization of Vancouver's Island…". He was 29 years old.
"The certificates of Mr. J.D. Pemberton having been taken into consideration, it was ordered that he be engaged as Surveyor for Vancouver's Island at an Annual Salary of 400 pounds for a term of three years with a premium of such sum as the Governor and Committee may approve at the end of that period not exceeding 500 pounds provided they shall consider his services and conduct perfectly satisfactory. It is understood that he shall make himself generally useful to Mr. Douglas in all colonization business. This engagement is to be a charge upon the Colonization Fund to be held in Trust by the Company. It is also understood that the Company is to provide an outfit of the requisite instruments at a cost not exceeding 100 pounds - to pay Mr. Pemberton's expenses of conveyance to the Island - and that the salary and commencement of the contract shall date from his arrival on the Island". --The Hudson's Bay Company's Minutes of January 22, 1851
Final instructions were issued to him on February 15, 1851 to proceed by Royal Mail Steam Packet leaving South Hampton on the 17th - only two days later - to Chargres, and from there to cross the Ithmus of Panama, and take the first available ship to San Francisco. From San Francisco he was to "proceed either by the monthly mail steamer… or by an occasional sailing vessel" to the Columbia River where he would probably arrive at Astoria, and thence find his way "either by mail boat or by canoe" to Fort Vancouver. The Officer in Charge there would provide the means of conveyance to Fort Victoria on Vancouver's Island. On arrival at Fort Victoria he was to report to "Mr. Chief Factor Douglas".
So it was that on June 24th, 1851, after an extremely eventful journey of more than four months, Joseph Despard Pemberton moved into the wooden palisaded Fort Victoria to take up His Hudson's Bay Company appointment as Surveyor for Vancouver's Island.
He was to play an integral part in the development of the area, laying out Victoria's town site, surveying from Sooke to Nanaimo, and detailing the topography and natural resources. After serving as Surveyor-General to both the Colony of Vancouver's Island and Fraser's River, he later became a member of the first Legislative Assembly.
Pemberton, Joseph Despard (P620)
29 Source (S1215868878)
Holloway Sanatorium, Virginia Water;
Rosina M. Despard, M.D.. Assist. Med. Officer.

Virginia Water (Surrey)— Despard, Rosina C,
M.D. London (1895), Resident Medical Officer
Holloway Sanatorium, St. Ann's Heath.
Despard, Rosina Clara MD (P190)
31 Huygh Castle, Islackfort, Co Tipperary
Minnitt, Robert (P264)
32 In loving memory of Anna M Horder wife (?) of Dr T Garrett Horder and daughter (?) of Col. W F Despard [sic] (rest unreadable) Despard, Anna Maria (P48)
33 Is wedding correct?
Who is Maria?
Despard, George (Of Donore) (P146)
34 Max Despard was born in 1892 of Huguenot and Anglo-Irish ancestry. He served in the British navy in the First World War and was awarded the DSC `in recognition of exemplary gallantry'. His active career in the navy came to an end however in 1925 when a gun exploded next to him, tearing his hip and filling his thigh with shrapnel. Before and during the Second World War he served as naval attaché in Eastern Europe, directing clandestine operations on the Danube designed to stop supplies getting to Germany.
Tall and flamboyant and signing his name `M' on official documents, he may be some of the inspiration for James Bond's boss, but after the war his life went into decline. In constant pain from his wound, he was not re-employed by the navy and retired on a pension that only took into account his active service. In 1949 his wife died of cancer and he and his children parted.
Annabelle Despard was only six at the time and went to live first with relatives in Norway and then four years later with her much older, married sister back in England. She saw Max infrequently and the family never properly explained to her what had happened to her mother nor why she was separated from her father. This book is her attempt to discover more about this painful period - still a family no-go area - and about the father she hardly knew.
I'm a daughter of the sister she went to live with. I met Max (my grandfather) once, when I was six. I welcome this book. And, because Annabelle is an accomplished writer (6 books of poetry, another memoir, and 4 books connected to her work teaching English at a Norwegian university), and because Max's life was both extraordinary and of its time, and because every family has its secrets, others will too.
Despard, Maximilian Carden (P268)
35 MP of Thomastown and Bantry.
Married in 1708
Despard, William (Of Killahy Castle) MP (P105)
36 Name:Hesther DespardResidence Place:CoolballyNotes:5. Abigail Minnitt , wife of Edward Despard , esq. of Granegb, King's county (eldest son and heir of William Despard , esq. of Coolbally , &c.) he d. v. p. in 1710 , and left issue. William and Hesther Despard .Notes:
Despard, Hesther (P260)
37 Newspaper: The Warder Saturday August 24 Ganey, Caroline (P397)
38 Peacefully at her home in Kingston on April 4, 2017. Born in Winnipeg in 1938 to the late Gerald and Kathleen Despard, Sandra was a graduate of Neuchatel Junior College, Toronto Western Hospital School of Nursing (1960), and McGill University. A former Head Nurse at Toronto Western Hospital, she was at the time the youngest person to have been appointed to that position.
She dealt with a number of serious illnesses during her life and met them with an inner strength that was an inspiration to all who knew her. Sandra loved life, and the joy and love that she gave to her family and friends was matched by the joy and love that she received in return.
She leaves her husband and best friend Stephen, her children Michael and Kristin (Germain Drolet), grandchildren Jacob and Maggie, and her sister Judith Cross (Stephen).
The family would like to thank the staff of KGH Palliative Care and St. Elizabeth, and in particular her caregiver angel Rhonda, for all their support in allowing Sandra to remain at home with her family until her passing.
Family and friends are invited to attend a visitation on Wednesday, April 12 from 7 to 9 pm and a memorial service on Thursday, April 13 at 1 pm, followed by a reception. All services will be held at the James Reid Funeral Home, 1900 John Counter Blvd., Kingston.
Memorial donations may be made to the CNIB and the Kingston Humane Society.
Despard, Sandra Margaret (P561)
39 Samuel D Despard Australia, Victoria, Index to Probate Registers Name Samuel D Despard Occupation None Death Date 04 Feb 1900 Event Place Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Residence City Balloong Event Date 11 May 1900 Series Number 75 Recor Despard, Samuel Dopping (P444)
40 Scotland, the family later moved to New York. She married Frances Green Desard in 1844 and they lived in NY for one year and then went to Bermuda. She was an accomplished musician and played hte first harmonium in Holy Trinity Church. Her husband died when she was 34. Somner, Mary (P295)
41 Steven Slosberg: Midlife mutuations in the life and art of Clem Despard Advertisement

Harvard’s Hasty Pudding Theatrical Club in October 1951, with the actor Fred Gwynne, front row center, and his good friend, Clem Despard, directly behind him.| Courtesy of Alice Despard June 25, 2017 12:00AM By Steven Slosberg
Special to The Sun
Oh, to have known Clement Despard, late of Stonington, purveyor of whimsical visuals and social commentary in wall-hanging boxes and nautical “paintings” and a rare soul who experienced several midlife conversions, including religious, from businessman to artist and from Republican to liberal Democrat.

For the record, I did not know him, but own a piece of him — one of those nautical mixed media compositions — a jaunty 2-by-3-foot rendering, in a few elegant lines and cut-out paper sails glued on particle board, of the A. G. Ropes, a three-masted cargo carrier. It was the largest wooden ship afloat when it was launched in 1884, and it was later converted into a schooner barge after being demasted by a typhoon in 1905 near Japan.

Conversions were central to Clem Despard’s being.

Despard, who died in Stonington in 2013 at age 84, has been accorded one posthumous showing of his work: a group exhibition at the La Grua Center in Stonington Borough in 2015, along with the late artists Helen Hooker and Fuller Potter. Shortly before that show, I had chanced upon Despard’s art in his son-in-law’s studio, South Studio Six, in the Velvet Mill in Stonington. I was immediately charmed by the A.G. Ropes and bought it.

The Ropes, though typical of Despard’s multimedia creations, differs from his other paintings of vessels, for which he used sheets of aluminum foil bonded to rayon. The man knew mirth as well as design.

Today, much of Despard’s art — the box constructions and the nautical paintings — grace the walls of the Stonington village home of South Studio Six owner Stuart Chandler and his wife, Alice, on Main Street. In the decades before he died, Despard had exhibitions at the Gallery Henoch in New York, art galleries in Stonington, New Canaan, Conn., and Washington, D.C., and a one-man show at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum in New London.

Curious about him since I purchased his work, I sat down the other day with Alice Despard to talk about her father.

Clem Despard was born in Rumson, N. J. His father’s family’s business was Despard & Co. Inc., marine insurance brokers in New York. He attended the Pomfret School in Connecticut, and then Harvard, where he befriended the actor Fred Gwynne, a fellow member of the Hasty Pudding Club, and the author and bon vivant athlete George Plimpton, when both were on the staff of the Harvard Lampoon. He also was a good friend of John Updike, a few years behind him at Harvard.

He was an officer in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, and then pursued a career in business, but his heart was elsewhere. He and his first wife had two daughters, and he eventually married twice more. Alice Despard said it was in the early 1970s, when his mother died and his second wife left him, that Despard, devastated by both events, turned to art as a refuge and relief. “He started painting religious imagery,” she said. “He went through a religious conversion. He also awakened to his real interests.”

By that time he had already turned to social activism, protesting against construction of the World Trade Center, which doomed New York’s Radio Row. Then he and a friend, Thomas B. Mechling, came up with the concept of the “Anti-Corporation.” As a New Yorker story explained in October 1971: “The idea is to set up a for-profit corporation whose revenue would consist chiefly of damages recovered through lawsuits against other corporations. The bases for the lawsuits would be misdeeds of other corporations and also public bodies such as municipalities, particularly in regard to pollution and products that defraud the buyer.”

Despard’s nautical paintings, executed mostly during the 1970s, when he summered in Stonington, were often displayed on the side of a barn behind the Main Street home where his daughter now lives. In the 1980s, he turned to box constructions, many of them employing household items and found objects — decanters, bowling pins, an upended bottle disguised as a balloon — to create fanciful worlds behind glass. But he also created boxes to express outrage. One, hanging upstairs in Alice’s home, depicts Kristallnacht, the wave of anti-Jewish violence in Germany and Austria in 1938. Despard, inside the wooden box, used a broken glass window to frame a scene of village destruction.

He also created a box celebrating the Solidarity labor union founded in Poland in 1980.

He spent the last 15 years of his life year-round in Stonington. Some of his ashes are in a memorial garden at Calvary Episcopal Church in the borough.

Many of the boxes were sold by galleries, but enough are still around the Despard home, as well as an array of the nautical paintings, to furnish a one-man show.

Steven Slosberg lives in Stonington and was a longtime reporter and columnist for The Day in New London. He may be reached at 
Despard, Clement L (P327)
42 The National Archives of the UK (TNA).

War Office: Soldiers’ Documents from Pension Claims, First World War (Microfilm Copies); (The National Archives Microfilm Publication WO364); Records created or inherited by the War Office, Armed Forces, Judge Advocate General, and related bodies; The National Archives of the UK (TNA), Kew, Surrey, England.

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43 The Reverend George Despard was born in County Meath in 1830, the second son of Captain George Despard. In 1851, he married his first cousin Jane Letitia Despard of Donore in Kirk Michael, Isle of Man. They had two sons and four daughters. He died in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire in 1903. Belford Despard, George Rev (P20)
44 Unsure of exact route to father mother? Suspicion of Catherine Despard marrying William Wright who assumed the name Despard. Then Richard their son. Despard, Richard Brooke (P203)
45 Venn, J. A., comp.. Alumni Cantabrigienses. London, England: Cambridge University Press, 1922-1954. Source (S1209681844)