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Berkeley, Reginald

Entry updated 11 August 2018. Tagged: Author.

(1890-1935) UK soldier, politician – Liberal Member of Parliament 1922-1924 – playwright and author in various genres. Apparently inadvertently, he created one of the lasting myths of World War One in his novel about the German execution of Edith Cavell, Dawn: A Biographical Novel of Edith Cavell (1928), in which a German soldier named Rammler refuses to participate in the firing squad, and is himself executed. Berkeley's belief in Rammler's existence was speculative. Of his fiction of interest, Unparliamentary Papers and Other Diversions (coll 1924) contains a spoof interplanetary tale; in his sf novel, Cassandra (1931), a worker's revolt instigates an Invasion of the UK by Soviet Russia. The story is told through the viewpoint of a future archaeologist (see Ruins and Futurity) examining the little that has survived of London. [JC]

Captain Reginald Cheyne Berkeley

born London: 18 August 1890

died Beverley Hills, California: 30 March 1935

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