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Chaps of the War

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On the 75th anniversary of VE Day, a celebration of the most eccentric, daring, heroic chaps who fought on their own terms and displayed remarkable sangfroid in the face of the enemy DIGBY TATHAM-WARTER Formerly of the Oxford and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, Major Tatham-Warter commanded the 2nd Parachute Battalion’s ‘A’ Company. ‘A’ Company were selected to spearhead the 2nd Battalion’s march to Arnhem bridge because Lt-Colonel Frost regarded Digby as a thruster, and not one to hang around – thereby making him the ideal choice to lead in an operation that depended on speed. Having captured the bridge and during…

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The Marquess of Bath

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The day we visit Lord Bath, Longleat is out of season. It’s grey and raining, and even the stone lions dotted around the grounds look miserable. We’re met at the house’s rear entrance by a personal aide to the Right Honourable Marquess (‘ring the white bell marked ‘tradesmen and deliveries’ we were told in our correspondence ahead of time) who tells us to speak up during the interview. “Lord Bath is 76,” he says, “and quite deaf.” We are then led into the building through catacombs of dimly-lit maroon corridors, past spiral staircases and personal chefs. Finally we arrive at…

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