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De Hamel, Herbert (1883 - ?)


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    Many thanks - Ben Hassett : an Australian detective story



De Hamel is listed in Melville Henry Massue Ruvigny et Raineval's The Plantagenet Roll of the Blood Royal (1908) as a descendent of King Edward III. He studied law at Cambridge University and fought with the London Scottish during WW1. He wrote a number of plays for the London theatre, including Swan Song (1913) and War Mates (1915), as well as contributing pieces to many popular newspapers and journals like Punch, Pearson's Magazine, the Pall Mall Gazette. He published a short story in John Gawsworth's anthology, Thrills, Crimes and Mysteries (1935) and one novel, Many Thanks Ben Hassett: An Australian Detective Story (1918), which was reissued in 1948.

Published resources


  • De Hamel, Herbert, Many thanks - Ben Hassett : an Australian detective story, Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co, London, 1918, 157 pp. Details

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