MR. P. H. de BARY. Another of Leamington’s sons who left their country become pioneers in unknown lands passed away recently in Natal. We refer to Mr. Peter Alexander Heyward de Bary, youngest son of the late Richard Broome de Bary, of Weston Hall, near Leamington. Born at Leamington in 1843, the late Mr. Bary was descended from an old Fench family, his paternal ancestor having escaped the fate the rest the family on St. Bartholomew’s Eve. through the devotion of an old servant. He was educated Oscott College. Birmingham, and possessed great skill with the pencil, regularly contributing the to the London Graphic. A clever exponent of chess, he was also an accomplished pianist.
On his first visit South Africa Mr. d Bary went shooting, and with a companion journeyed through Swaziland, Zululand. and Mashonaland. the couple being almost the first white men to enter the country.
A second visit to South Africa induced Mr.de Bary to settle down farming, and he subsequently married the second daughter of the late Dr. John Scoble.
He took an active part in the Boer and Zulu Wars, and narrowly escaped the massacre at Isandhlwana in 1879. Of late years Mr. and Mrs. de Bary had lived Bishop’s Stortford. Herts, and they had recently arrived at Dundee. Natal, on a visit to their family. His son was killed in the South West African campaign, and there remain three sons and a daughter.
Leamington Spa Courier - Friday 15 October 1920