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Harry de Windt
1856 - 1933

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Hilda Frances E Clark married Captain Harry Willes Darell de Windt (b. Paris 1856) at Marylebone, London in 1899.

Harry de WindtHe was previously the ADC to the Rajah of Sarawak, becoming an explorer and author of many books about his travels (overland from Paris to New York via Siberia, Peking to Paris, Russia to India via Persia, Trough savage Europe, to name a few), and much more.

They married in London, not in Toronto as I had earlier believed, (his second marriage) in 1899 and Hilda died in 1924 at New Lodge Clinic, Windsor Forest, Winkfield, Berkshire.

His books were published under the name of Harry de Windt. He died at Bournemouth in 1933, aged 77, and is buried at Bournemouth, England.

He must have been a truly amazing man.Two of the books that he published about his travels are shown here.
Harry de Windt
Books of Harry de Windt, FRGS
Through Savage Europe
Pictures of Harry de Windt - 1905 held in the Lafayette Collection at V & A Museum (link)
Lafayette Collection
Copyright V&A - Lafayette Collection

Harry de Windt Harry de Windt in tchuktchi dress
Harry de Windt Harry de Windt in tchuktchi dress
There was a biography/obituary in the The Times - 2nd December 1933, p 17a.
Harry de Windt was educated at Magdalene College, Cambridge and there is an Intrepid Magdalene scheme still operational. see Intrepid Magdalene, Magdalene College, Cambridge
"Every year, Magdalene students undertake projects worthy of their predecessor, the nineteenth-century traveller, Harry de Windt, who made the journey from Paris to New York via Siberia, the Alention islands and Alaska."
Charles Edward Wyncoll reports -
On the 4th November, 1874, (he) was gazetted sub-lieutenant of the 2nd Warwickshire militia, which then trained at Leamington, and in which I remained three very happy years. My friend was Sir Peyton Skipworth, bart., and of the others, good fellows all, perhaps the best known to the world is Harry de Windt, the great traveller.
Aug 25, 1902 - Harry de Windt arrives in New York City, having traversed the Arctic across the Bering Strait, from Paris.
Another fellow explorer on his expeditions, including Paris to New York, and earlier was George William Harding (see details below).
The Klondike Gold Fields. HARRY DE WINDT. Contemporary Review - Sept., 1897. Comments on the dangers and difficulties of the region, gives a brief outline of the journey, information of the deposits and manner of working, scarcity of food, etc. 2500 w.
Harry de Windt and Hilda (Hylda) Clark links
Books by Harry de Windt (see below)
Longest riders
Sarawak (indebted to Christopher J Buyers - but content not now available)
The Books of Harry de Windt at Royal Geographical Society
William Le Queux (author) In 1908 he toured the Arctic with his friend Harry De Windt. De Windt comments on the frustrated journey in his "My Notebook at Home and Abroad", 1923. Chapman & Hall. - "Le Queux and I are very old friends, and therefore once arranged to start out on a winter trip from Archangel and across the Kola Peninsula, about three months' journey in reindeer sleds. During the summer before the proposed voyage, we travelled up to Lapland to have everything in readiness, but, for some reason or other, the project was eventually abandoned."
The Frontiersman Historian
Classic Adventure Books -quote (see below)
When it came to dash and flair, few nineteenth-century adventure travelers could compete with handsome Harry de Windt. A Fellow of the prestigious Royal Geographic Society of England, De Windt already had a reputation for bravery and foolhardiness. Then he decided to top his own reputation by undertaking a journey too crazy to be considered by anyone else. He announced to a stunned Europe that he was going to leave his adopted home in Paris and journey to New York city. However instead of traveling west, crossing the Atlantic on a ship like everyone else in his day, De Windt proposed to travel east, across the frozen steppes of Siberia by horse-drawn sleigh, over the ice-packs of the Arctic Ocean by dog-sled, through the dark waterways of Canada by boat, and finally past the western deserts of the United States by train, before finally reaching his destination in faraway New York. What followed can only be compared to a Jules Verne fiction, yet is absolutely true. De Windt dined with political exiles in Siberia, almost starved in the Arctic ice fields, and lived through more dangers than a dozen men. Yet through it all this dashing explorer kept his nerve and his panache. Amply illustrated with photographs taken by the author, “From Paris to New York by Land” remains a page-turning thriller of early adventure travel.
'When I went up to Cambridge (in 1875), wrote Harry de Windt "Magdalene was essentially a riding college, and certainly not a reading one... an oasis of idleness and insubordination to University rules and regulations. It was more like a club than a college."
Books of Harry de Windt
"From Pekin to Calais by land". London, Chapman & Hall, 1889.
"Through Savage Europe" published by T. Fisher Unwin, London, England, (no date) c.1903
Through savage Europe: being the narrative of a journey (undertaken as special correspondent of the 'Westminster Gazette') throughout the Balkan States and European Russia De Windt, Harry
My restless life. London: G. Richards, 1909.
On the equator. London: Cassell, Peter, Galpin, [1882?].
True tales of travel and adventure. London: Chatto & Windus, 1899. [chapter ?: Some notes on Sarawak]
THROUGH THE GOLD-FIELDS OF ALASKA TO BERING STRAITS. Harper. 1898. 314pp, including index. First edition. de Windt went over the Chilkoot pass to the Klondike, on down the Yukon River to Saint Michael, and then spent 2 months with the Chukchis on the Chukotsk Peninsula, Siberia. Xlibrary. Includes the folding map.
A Ride to India Across Persia and Baluchistan. Folding map, 22 black and white full page plates by Herbert Walker from sketches by the author, 4 page publisher's catalogue at rear, 339pp, some foxing, particularly first leaves, tear in folding map, now neatly repaired, original pictorial cloth rubbed and worn at extremities, corners bumped, minor wear endpapers, binding a trifle skewed. Ex Parliamentary library, gilt library stamp upper cover, few library stamps first leaves. Chapman and Hall. London. 1891. A most readable account of the author's journey from Tiflis to Baku, the Caspian Sea, Astara, Resht, Patchinar, Teheran, Isfahan, Shiraz, Bushire, Baluchistan, Beila and Gwarjak, Kelat, Quetta to Bombay. Scarce. (ISBN ).
Finland As It Is. -- Price: £45.00
Siberia as it is / by Harry de Windt ; with an introduction by Her Excellency Madame Olga Novikoff (“O. K.”). London : Chapman & Hall, 1892. xxiv, 504 p. see link
Online Books Page - Harry de Windt
The American (?) explorer Harry de Windt demonstrated that a rail-route could be found between Siberia and Alaska, and crossed the Bering Strait to world acclaim in 1902.
There is now searchable information at the Royal Geographical Society (RGS).
He was elected to Fellowship of the Royal Geographical Society in April 1890.
The Paris to New York Overland expedition 1901-1902
New York Times announcement of the start of the journey published 17th December 1901 [here..]
1901 Paris to New York Reaching Dawson overland
Start of the journey in Paris Reaching Dawson, Yukon, Canada from Siberia
Companions of Harry de Windt
William Le Queux and Wm. George Harding were frequent companions of de Windt on several trips.
Information from a sale of Wm. George Harding artefact
see Robert Finan (formerly Finan and Co) - April 2003 - Item 145
see kayak illustration
George Harding kayak
The sale description was
An Inuit model kayak enclosing a seated figure of an Eskimo, carved wood head with pegged body decorated in orange pigment, hide leggings - moss filled, moth damage, one glove lacking; together with a model snow-shoe, and compliment of weapons, with painted wood shafts and marine ivory tips, the figure 10in overall, kayak 27.5in long. Provenance: acquired by Wm. George Harding, ca. 1901.

Harding had accompanied the explorer Harry de Windt on his failed attempt in 1896 to travel overland from New York to Paris, travelling only as far the Siberian shores of Bering Straits. In 1901 another attempt was made by de Windt and Harding, this time attempting the route in reverse, i.e. Paris to New York. The "De Windt Expedition" left Paris on Dec. 19th 1901 and travelled to Moscow and thence to Yakutsk, Verkhoyansk, Nijni-Kolymsk, and the Bering Straits; travelling 11,263 miles and employing 808 horses, 887 reindeer and 114 dogs en route.

From East Cape, Bering Straits they travelled to Cape Prince of Wales, Alaska, to Nome City, St. Michael"s, Dawson City and eventually to New York on Aug. 25th 1902, covering a total distance of 18,494 miles. During the journey they spent much time amongst the Inuit peoples of Cape Prince of Wales, Alaska; it was here perhaps that Harding acquired this kayak.

Accompanying this lot are photo-copies taken from an album of newscuttings and photographs relating to this expedition (one photograph showing Harding with de Windt); the original album having been retained by the family. An account of the expedition by de Windt "From Paris to New York by Land" was published in 1904.
It sold for £750.

Readable book on Project Gutengerg
Elaine Inescourt (third wife of Harry de Windt)
Elaine Inescourt After the death of Hilda (his second wife) in 1924, Harry married Charlotte Elizabeth Ihle, better known as the well-known actress Elaine Inescourt, in 1927.

She survived him, being many years younger, and she died in 1964.
De Windt family members buried at Blunsdon St Andrew, Swindon, Wiltshire
Blunsdon Hall (Abbey), Highworth, Wiltshire was the former family home of the de Windts. Family members are buried at Blunsdon St Andrew church.
These include Harry's father (killed in a fall from his horse at Blunsdon Hall), his brother, and his mother Elizabeth Sarah de Windt (nee Johnson).
Blunsdon Abbey Blunsdon Hall after fire
Blunsdon Hall (Abbey) Blunsdon Hall after the fire
Index of Blunsdon St Andrew burials
Graves and inscriptions of the de Windt family
Book by Harry's sister, Margaret Alice Lili de Windt
She married HH Rajah Sir Charles Anthony Brooke
and became the HH The Ranee of Sarawak

BROOKE [de Windt], Margaret Lili Alice, Ranee, Good morning and good night.
London: Century, 1984 [1934].
BROOKE [de Windt], Margaret Lili Alice, Ranee, My life in Sarawak.
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1987 [1913].
see Brooke and 19c. Sarawak link
see Ohio University - Charles Second Rajah of Sarawak link
Charles Brooke (formerly johnson) Link
The Brooke's - srawak online

The RGS has a newspaper cutting from the Standard, 25/02/1897,
which gives some details of his travels in Alaska
See Michael Palin's Full Circle
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