World War: BATTLE OF BRITAIN: New Pattern

On a bit of raised ground near the estuary of the Plym River is the promenade called the Hoe, where Sir Francis Drake was playing bowls when news came of the Spanish Armada's approach. Last week that episode was reproduced in ironic miniature; but last week the aftermath was a dreadful tragedy.

This time the heroine was Viscountess Astor. As acting mayor of Plymouth town, the trigger-tongued Lady from Virginia had spent the day showing King George and Queen Elizabeth around the city. She sat in the dining room of her house on the Hoe with Australia's Prime Minister...

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