Henry Hugh Peter Deasy

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Captain Deasy

Henry Hugh Peter Deasy (29 Jun 1866 – 24 Jan 1947) was an Irish army officer, founder of the Deasy Motor Car Company and a writer.

He was born in Dublin, the only surviving son of Rickard Deasy and Monica O'Connor.

He served as a British Army Captain,[1] mostly in India, between 1888 and 1897, when he retired.

After his army service he became one of the first westerners to write a detailed account of Tibet, covering his travels between 1897 and 1899. Consequently, he won the Royal Geographical Society's Founder's Medal in 1900 for surveying nearly 40,000 square miles (100,000 km2) of the Himalayas.[2] He also provided photographs for a book by Percy W. Church.

In 1903 he helped promote the Rochet-Schneider Company by driving a car from London to Moscow non-stop. He also drove a Martini up a mountain rock railway near Montreux, Switzerland. At this time H H P Deasy and Co., was formed to import both Rochet-Schneider and Martini cars into the UK. In 1906 The Deasy Motor Car Manufacturing Co. was formed, and took over the factory formerly used by the Iden Car Co. at Parkside, Coventry. In 9 March 1908 Deasy resigned, after a dispute with the car's designer Edmund W Lewis.

In 1913, as a member of the council of the Roads Improvement Association, he formulated a scheme for a standard type of direction post and plate for adoption by highway authorities.



  • Henry Hugh Peter Deasy - In Tibet and Chinese Turkestan: Being the record of three years' exploration, London: T. Fisher Unwin, January 1, 1901
  • Percy W. Church - Chinese Turkestan with Caravan and Rifle London: Rivingstons, 1901 (includes photographs by Deasy)

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