Lieutenant John Paul Glyn


John Paul Glyn was born with the name of Paul John Herbert Glyn Pettitt at Spring Hill Lodge, St Leonards-on-Sea, Sussex, on 24 February 1886, son of the author Harry Pettitt and his wife Elizabeth (nee Finch).

He was educated at the Edinburgh Academy School, University of Edinburgh, and Caius College Cambridge, studying natural history, medicine and law. He formally changed his name to John Paul Glyn in June 1908.

While in Scotland he served in the Queen's Edinburgh Rifles, and in 1908 was attached to the 116th Battery, Royal Field Artillery, as a university candidate for a commission. He resigned on 8 April 1911, "having failed in one paper of Military Subjects Exam".

On 28 June 1915 he enlisted in the Inns of Court Officer Training Corps (No.4498), serving in the cavalry squadron at Berkhamstead, Herts. On 1 December he applied for a commission in the North Irish Horse. He was made a 2nd lieutenant in the regiment on 8 January 1916 and joined the reserve depot at Antrim soon after.

On 8 August 1916 Glyn embarked for France, joining the 1st North Irish Horse Regiment in the field at Pas. He was promoted to lieutenant on 8 July 1917.

The following month he returned to England on leave and on 27 August transferred to the Reserve Regiment of the Royal Horse Guards. He relinquished his commission on completion of his service on 25 November 1919.

After the war he worked as a barrister and became prominent in the theatre, being a major shareholder in the Drury Lane Theatre and part-time actor.

Lieutenant Glyn died at Carson Road, Dulwich, on 4 December 1938.


Lincolnshire Echo, 9 December 1938