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.


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]


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]



  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
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  4. ^ The Dream of the Red Chamber 1892-93
  5. ^ The Times, Wednesday, 24 Jun 1964; pg. 14; Issue 56046; col C