Cyril Bencraft Joly

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Lt Colonel Cyril Bencraft Joly MC (9 September 1918 – 2000) was a British Army officer, author and inventor. He served as an officer in the Royal Tank Regiment with 7th Armoured Division (Desert Rats) throughout the campaign in North Africa.

Life[edit]

Later in life he invented and patented an apparatus for providing a desired atmosphere in a sleeping space. It consisted of a frame for a bed with electrical fans to control the temperature.[1]

He was born in Mengtes, Yunnan, China and died at Winchester in Hampshire.[2]

In his later days he lived at Tregatillian near St Columb Major in Cornwall[3]

Family[edit]

Henry Bencraft Joly (1857-1898; his grandfather) was British Vice-Consul in Macao and translator of Ts'ao Chan's Hung Lou Meng: The Dream of the Red Chamber, a Chinese Novel in Two Books.[4] He had three brothers. His only daughter, Vivien, married Hugh David Beddington, son of Keith Lionel Beddington CBE.[5]

Works[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ wikipatents Improvements in or relating to and apparatus for providing a desired atmosphere in a sleeping space
  2. ^ Cyril Bencraft Joly - I129 - Individual Information - PhpGedView
  3. ^ http://books.google.com/books?id=ZsHfAAAAMAAJ&q=Cyril+Joly+tregatillian&dq=Cyril+Joly+tregatillian&cd=2
  4. ^ http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/9603 The Dream of the Red Chamber 1892-93
  5. ^ The Times, Wednesday, 24 Jun 1964; pg. 14; Issue 56046; col C