A portrait of a fine gentleman and Auxiliary Policeman, Claude Raul Champion de Crespigny, 5th Baronet.
This family had an interesting time of it. From the end of the Second World War, the baronetcy passed three times in as many years along the hereditary lines of succession. In 1910, the heir to the family estate, Claude Champion de Crespigny (presumably the elder brother to Claude Raul/Raoul) committed suicide allegedly after having his heart broken by a married woman; he had been named in her divorce case as a co-respondent. The coroner described that too many heavy falls from Polo and influenza had brought about a state of ‘temporary insanity’ which preceded the early death.
Claude Raul became the heir and went first to Ireland where he served as an Auxiliary Officer (Company 2i/c C Coy, Macroom), with the Company that had suffered such depredations at the hands of Tom Barry’s IRA Active Service Unit in Kilmichael.
An account of the death of the elder brother may be seen below from the New York Times (20 May 1910).