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Alice Askew

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Alice Askew

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Full Name: Alice Askew
Born: June 18, 1874
Died: October 6, 1917


Alice Askew (18 June 1874 – 6 October 1917) along with her husband, Claude Askew were British authors, who together wrote "over ninety novels, many published in sixpenny and sevenpenny series, between 1904 and 1918." Alice was born near Hyde Park in London, England; and christened Alice Jane de Courcy Leake. She was the eldest daughter of Jane Leake (née Dashwood 1844-1912) and Henry Leake (1829-1899), who following his retirement from the British army, was granted the honorary rank of Lt-Colonel.

Alice, who began writing "for her own amusement" before her marriage, did have one short story published under her own name alone (or rather initials), "A. J. de C. L.", 'A Modern-Day Saint', which appeared in 1894 in Belgravia of London.

In 1915, during the First World War, both Alice and Claude Askew travelled to Serbia as part of a relief effort with a British field hospital that would be attached to the Second Serbian Army. They were also Special Correspondents for the British newspaper Daily Express. Sometime between September and October 1917, Alice and Claude were on leave in Italy - perhaps in Rome to meet up with their two older children. Then they set out to return to Corfu. And during the night of 5–6 October 1917 (or possibly the 4th) when they were both travelling on the Italian steamer Città di Bari, which had sailed from Taranto in Southern Italy bound for Corfu, it suffered a torpedo attack by the German submarine, SM UB-48 "about 37 miles from Paxo" (or Paxoi) and was sunk. Both drowned in the incident.

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