Thomé Ariste BOISSARD Joan Mary BOISSARD Michael BOISSARD Nicola Jane BOISSARD Peter Batholomew BOISSARD Barbara A. HALL Margaret Lilian BOISSARD Violet Agatha MELVILLE treeI73.gif

Guy Peter Bartholomew BOISSARD

19th Jun 1915 - Mar 1978

Life History

19th Jun 1915

Born in El Salto, Escuintla, Guatemala

about 1945

Married Barbara A. HALL

about 1946

Birth of son Michael BOISSARD

about 1948

Birth of daughter Nicola Jane BOISSARD

about 1952

Birth of son Peter Batholomew BOISSARD

about 1978

Death of son Peter Batholomew BOISSARD

Mar 1978

Died in Norwich, Norfolk

[img class="centre" src="images/small/pjg1917.jpg" width="450" height="271" alt="Peg, Jo, Guy and nurses ca 1917" /]

Guy, the second of three children born to Tomé Ariste BOISSARD and his wife Violet Lilian née Melville, (always known as ‘Shuffle’) was born presumably where his sisters were born; Escuintla, Guatemala. His father had a finca called Mauricio at a place called Palin in Guatemala where he grew sugar. In the above photo, taken around 1917, Guy is standing by Joan at the front while Peggy is the one being held. They had a nanny who was known as ‘Nenen’ of whom Peggy always spoke very fondly. Her proper name was Roselda, and she is seen here standing on the left. Her husband, Evariste, also had a nick-name; Cucul. Although it seems he spent most of his time in the sugar plantation, he was apparently also a fine cook and on high days and holidays, especially if a fancy tiered cake was required, the cry went up for “Evariste!” from the older generation or “Cucul!” from the younger. Roselda and Evariste had probably been with the family in Mauritius and moved with them to Guatemala.

In the next image Guy is seen aged about five with his sister Joan aged about six.

[img src="images/small/joandguy.jpg" width="450" height="669" alt="Jo and Guy" /]

Guy was educated first at Hurst Court Preparatory School then at Malvern College. His sisters had also been sent to England to be educated and while they were away from home their father died in 1928 aged about 53. Shuffle joined the children in England leaving the finca under management. After Malvern, Guy studied medicine in London where he got his MD. Whatever revenue was generated from the finca was insufficient to support the three Boissard children through private school and university. To make ends meet, their mother, Shuffle, taught at Malvern and earned small amounts from writing. Even so, Guy was subsidised by the Smiths, friends from Guatemala who were coffee planters and whose children John, Owen and ‘Baysis’ were contemporaries of Joan, Guy and Peggy and remained life-long friends.

During the war he served in the Navy, but not I think the British Navy but for some reason the Australian. He spent some time on MTBs. After the war the family lived for varying amounts of time in Kent, Edinburgh and latterly Kew. While at Kew Guy deserted his family and travelled abroad to South Africa, Australia and various parts of Europe. In fact he went generally ‘walk-about’ for some ten or fifteen years.

Returning to the UK in the late 60's he lived alternately with Peg and Dick Linklater in Windsor and Jo Boissard in Fen Ditton or Cley-Next-the-Sea in Norfolk. He eventually secured locum work in various places before finally settling into a practice in East Deerham, Norfolk where he died, I believe, of a heart attack during or shortly after a snow-ball fight with some local village boys. He had had at least one previous heart attack because I remember his describing what had happened inside his body in graphic detail enabling him to diagnose what part of his heart was failing.

During the 1960s when Guy stayed with us a few times, the word ‘schizophrenic’ was muttered darkly and the phrase ‘split personality’ first entered my consciousness. Guy was not schizophrenic in the sense of today's meaning of the word signifying ‘mad’, whatever that might mean; society's definition of what is mad as opposed to acceptable being more art than science and governed by prejudice rather than objectivity - see Foucault! Guy's behaviour was certainly often delusional and sometimes paranoid. Suspecting, for example, our neighbours in Windsor of trying to drill a hole through the wall in order to gas him was, to say the least, fanciful.

Guy could be entertaining company and such of his letters that I have bear this out as well as testifying to his ability as an amusing caricaturist. He could also be viciously unpleasant. He was well-read and articulate, a keen if conservative appreciator of classical music and latterly a certifiable twitcher - bird watcher to the uninitiated. He also bore the family hall-mark of being intolerant, judgemental and opinionated, regarding anyone with opinions differing from those of himself as a fool or a knave or, as in my case, both.