|Yves E. Wellesbourne|
January 3rd, 1890
Place of Birth
Place of Death
British (Scottish-English) / French
Criminal, Official, Actor, Soldier
Sir Yves-Joseph Francis Edward Wellesbourne–Caumon KBE Kt., 3rd Baron Stanton (b. January 3rd, 1890, d. ?) (known by various names, see below) was a Bangladesh-born Anglo-Burmese smuggler, adventurer, gangster, actor, colonial official, soldier and hotelier of Scottish and French descent. Between 1929 and 1932, he served as the 11th Governor of the British Colony of Aeolia.
Wellesbourne was, for the majority of his life, a criminal, specializing in organized crime and the black market, though he occasionally also engaged in petty crime and the long con. He worked for various rackets throughout his ‘career’, notably the Kings of Luxor and the Nowhere Town Outfit. Wellesbourne also operated several of his own rackets throughout his life, most of which were incarnations of his ‘Guilliannes Casino’.
A sometime ‘military man’, Wellesbourne was a French Legionnaire between 1909 and 1911, and later took part – unofficially – in both World Wars, aiding both the Germans and the British in the First; though in the Second he fought purely for the Allies.
Primarily during the 1950s, Wellesbourne appeared in numerous Hollywood productions, under the stage name “Edward J. Caumon”. He was a character actor, primarily casted as a villain, particularly a European one. He occasionally played less antagonistic parts, such as the paternal figure to a main character. Earlier, he had performed in both on- and off-Broadway during the 1930s.
The British Monarchy (King George V in both cases) bestowed two knighthoods on Wellesbourne – he was made a Knight Bachelor in 1926, under uncertain circumstances; and a Knight of the Order of the British Empire in 1929, in anticipation of his appointment to Governor of Aeolia. In 1936, after the death of his uncle, he was next in line to become 3rd Baron Stanton, but his title was revoked before he could claim it.
Yves Wellesbourne was born on January 3rd, 1890 into a fairly well-to-do Colonial British family living in Burma (then a part of British India). His father, Albert Wellesbourne, was a 29-year-old British Army officer stationed in Akyab, Burma where he commanded the local garrison of British troops and Burmese militia. His mother Clarice (née Caumon) was a French socialite, the daughter of a wealthy industrialist, who had married Albert Wellesbourne to increase her family's ties, rather than for love. Yves and his twin brother Charles had an older sister, Camille, born 1883; and a younger brother, Albert, Jr., born 1894.
During her pregnancy with Yves and Charles, Clarice intended to go to Chittagong (now in Bangladesh) to give birth, as it was a comparatively 'big city', and had a much more developed, sanitary Hospital. However, she misjudged her due date, and the twins were in fact born on the Paddle Steamer Riverboat which was carrying their parents down the Karnaphuli River, towards Chittagong. Their parents completed their journey, and checked in at the hospital to ensure the newborns' good health, but returned to Akyab within a week.
Yves learned to talk comparatively quickly, but he was average - even slow - in other areas of development, and he could not walk confidently until he was almost 18 months old.
Wellesbourne rarely saw his parents, as his Mother spent most of her time in Europe, and only rarely visited her family in Burma; and his Father wanted nothing to do with his children, and was usually either at work or on hunting trips. This resulted in Yves developing a close bond with his older sister Camille; as well as their Nanny, who was sometimes an almost maternal figure to the children.
However, the same was not true of his brothers Charles and Albert, who contrasted sharply with Yves. Charles and Yves did occasionally get along, but their personalities usually clashed, and they tended to avoid eachother. Albert, on the other hand, fought and argued vehemently with both of his brothers, and neither of them ever saw eye-to-eye with him. Furthermore, Albert was also the only child who their father took an interest in; and often took him hunting, or on trips to Bombay or Hong Kong.
Yves was home-schooled by various tutors, but after he learned to read and write, he showed much less interest in being educated. He was raised bilingual in English and French, and also became proficient in the Burmese language, as he spent much of his time immersed in Burmese-speaking areas.
He did not associate with the other English children in the town, as he found them all obnoxious or boring; and he could not associate with the local Burmese children, as they all either resented, feared or misunderstood the Colonials. As a result of this, Yves spent much of his time alone, or among men older than himself, which encouraged him to lose his immaturity at an early age. By the time he was 14, he could converse as an equal with the sailors at the Akyab harbor, who probably inspired him into a life of crime.
Akyab Imports and ExportsEdit
It was at age 14 that Yves began his first criminal activity. He purchased contraband, illegal, and Black Market items from the sailors passing through Akyab; and then sold them on to other dealers in Burma. He called his 'business' Akyab Imports and Exports, as it was a believable, legitimate-sounding name. He didn't make much money through AIE, as most of the Black Market dealers preferred to use big cities, rather than small towns such as Akyab. Despite this, Yves was certain that smuggling and crime were the life for him.
After a year, he started working with dealers in Chittagong, and began making more money. However, his father eventually discovered Yves' criminal activities, and was outraged. He decided that Yves should be sent to England to receive a proper education, as he knew that boarding school would severely discipline Yves for criminal behaviour.
Yves was 16 at the time, and he could think of no possible way of making his situation worse, so he decided to leave Burma. That very night, he fled his family's Mansion, and stowed away on the only ship in the harbor which was preparing to leave. It was a cargo ship, and was large (by comparison to the other ships in Akyab's small harbor). By virtue of his upper-class accent, he passed himself off as a legitimate passenger, and discovered (to his horror) that the ship was on its way to England. However, it would be stopping at the Sinai, Cape Town and Aeolia along the way.
Journey to LuxorEdit
Yves departed the ship at Sinai, and initially planned to remain there for some time. He took a job as a waiter in a small coffee shop, primarily because it allowed him to get a greatly discounted rate on the apartment above the shop. However, his stay in Sinai was a short one, and he left the area after less than a month. This was partly because he feared that he might be discovered in Sinai, and partly because he didn't care for the region, and was eager to leave. The tipping point was his chance encounter with Reginald Hale, who invited him to Luxor and offered him a better job.
It was mid-1906, at the hottest point of the Egyptian year, when Yves began his trip to Luxor. The first stage of his journey was to travel on a small fishing boat to Suez, where he was forced to join a Bedouin camel caravan to reach Cairo. Upon reaching Cairo, he was able to bluff his way onto a river cruise-ship along the Nile; which took him comfortably to Luxor.
Early Egyptian OperationsEdit
Kings of LuxorEdit
Life in RéunionEdit
Court-martial and Devil's IslandEdit
German East AfricaEdit
The Great WarEdit
The French ConnectionEdit
Climbing the LadderEdit
Life in BritainEdit
Return to BurmaEdit
The Show Must Go OnEdit
Arrival in GoaEdit
World at WarEdit
Wellesbourne in CrisisEdit
Parents and GrandparentsEdit
His paternal Grandfather, Torquil Wyllesburn, had been an unknown member of Scotland’s upper class until he gained fame during the Crimean War (he served under Lord Clyde in the Thin Red Line at Balaclava), and was made 1st Baron of Stanton, in Derbyshire. Torquil’s wife, Margaret (née Godwinson), was the inconsequential third daughter of one of England’s elite families. Yves’ father Albert, Torquil’s second son, was a prominent British Army officer, and spent most of his life stationed in Asia, where Yves was born and raised.
Yves' maternal Grandparents, Jules and Renée (née laFleur) Caumon were the middle children of two of France’s wealthiest industrial families. His mother, Clarice, was a socialite and patroness of the arts, and her marriage to Albert Wellesbourne was purely to increase her family’s connections. She spent most of Yves’ childhood in Europe.
Children and DescendantsEdit
Though he never married, Yves had two confirmed biological children, as well as another possible son — three children with three different women. His first child was Lusitania “Lucy” Avery-Caumon (born 1923), whose mother was Wellesbourne's most significant partner, Alice Avery. However, Avery and Wellesbourne split before Avery learned that she was pregnant, and by the time she found out, the couple had lost contact (Avery was living in Providence, RI, and Wellesbourne was living in Saint-Pierre and Miquelon). Years later, Lusitania tracked down Wellesbourne, and they first met in 1938.
In 1925, Yves had a son, George, with English aristocrat Penelope Shelburne. Again, Yves was not aware of George's existence until after he was born - though this time he knew a lot sooner, as he was informed just days later (he was living in Europe at the time). Yves returned to England and planned to raise George with Shelburne, and despite not being in love with her, he proposed marriage. However, Shelburne rejected his offer, and told him that George was not his son. Wellesbourne left England in disgrace, and Shelburne sent George to be raised in secret at a boarding school. Later, in 1946, Shelburne informed Wellesbourne that George really was his son.
After a drunken one-night-stand with Laura Kowalski, a Polish socialite, in 1937, Yves may have been the father of Stanislaw “Stanley” Kowalski. Kowalski and her son emigrated to the United States at the outbreak of WWII, but Laura moved back to Italy in the early 1950s. Stanley refused to go with her, and stayed in America, where he met Yves, by chance, while working as a mechanic at a gas station in rural Arizona. Though Yves may not have been Stanley's father, he treated him like a son regardless.
Yves also adopted !!! in 1932, after her parents were killed during the Skirmish in Aeolia. Her parents - though they were much younger than Yves - had been friends of his for years, and they had been living at his hotel since 1928. Yves had, therefore, known !!! since her birth, and was treated as an uncle. Yves was forced to go into hiding after the Skirmish, and he sent !!! to live with friends in Britain for a few years. He saw her occasionally, but it wasn't until 1939 that he managed to 'settle down' (in Goa), and !!! began living with him.
Yves E. Wellesbourne
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Yves also knew him as an infant
Possibly not biological
Yves Wellesbourne had four major enemies throughout his career, though they were very different in nature.
- Main article: Luther Jeanette
Jeanette was an American private detective who was assigned to tracking down Wellesbourne, disrupting his operations, and, if possible, arresting him. During Wellesbourne's "drifting years" (1934-39, roughly), he once said "There are three private eyes tracking me that I know of, probably dozens more that I don't, but only one who actually worries me. Luther Jeanette."
Jeanette and Wellesbourne met countless times, and each considered the other an equal match. They had a grudging respect for each other, and were occasionally forced to work together, when they often proved to be well-matched teammates. Sometimes they were even able to become friends, but these periods were short-lived, as one or the other would invariably be forced back into their regular routine.
Lieutenant Henry MilnerEdit
- Main article: Henry Milner
Wellesbourne had few romantic relationships, and was often something of an asexual. He had only a handful of partners over his lifetime, and these grew fewer and fewer following his split with Alice Avery in 1923.
The name "Yves-Joseph Francis Edward Wellesbourne-Caumon" was chosen for a variety of reasons:
- Primarily, I wanted as long a name as possible:
- Partly because the British nobility tend to have several given names,
- Partly because it would allow him several pseudonyms.
- "Yves" was chosen recently, because of my own mishearing of the name "Eames" in Inception.
- "Joseph" commonly follows 'Yves' in French names.
- "Francis" and "Edward" are stereotypical 'aristocratic' names.
- "Caumon" is simply one of my favorite French surnames.
- "Wellesbourne" is a town in Warwickshire, but also sounds like a genuine upper-class surname.