Henry Francis Prevost Battersby
H. F. Prevost Battersby under the pen name 'Francis Prevost' (1862-1949) commissioned as lieutenant in Royal Irish Rifles he left to take up journalism, reporting on the Boer War, and sports (mostly hockey) for the Morning Post. He fought in the First World War. He also translated the work of his friend Tolstoy, wrote poetry, and short stories, including the now forgotten masterpiece 'Rust of Gold' (1895), a collection of fin de siècle decadent stories. He also wrote 'False Dawn' (1897) and 'In the web of war' (1900) as well as a book on astral projection. He built and lived in Lake House, which was originally known as Coney Warren, then Bahar House in 1914 on St George's Hill.