Peter Llewelyn Davies was born - On this day in history


25 February 2020
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Peter Llewelyn Davies, the boy who inspired J M Barrie to create his Peter Pan character, was born on 25 February 1897.

On 25 February 1897, Peter Llewelyn Davies, the boy who inspired J M Barrie's Peter Pan character was born in London. Barrie first met Peter and his brothers in a London park, where the boys were regularly taken by their nanny.

The Peter Pan connection was to stay with Llewelyn Davies throughout his life and was often a source of unhappiness to him. On one occasion, he called Peter Pan 'that terrible masterpiece'. He died in 1960 after falling under a train in London, with the coroner ruling that he had killed himself 'while the balance of his mind was disturbed'.

Timeline

  • 25 February 1897 - Peter Llewelyn Davies born in London
  • 1904 - The Play Peter Pan debuts in London
  • 1914-1918 - Peter serves in World War One as a signal officer and is awarded the military cross
  • 1926 - Peter founds the publishing company Peter Davies Ltd
  • 5 April 1960 - Peter found dead under a train - a verdict of suicide 'whilst the balance of his mind was disturbed' is recorded