GREAT BRITAIN: Heroic Shepherd

Last week the official London Gazette announced that "The King has been graciously pleased to give . . . the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire" to Fred Mitchell, Head Shepherd, North Somerset, for "brave conduct in Civil Defence."

Gnarled, dimple-chinned Fred Mitchell, 45, was watching his sheep with a crook and a sharp-muzzled sheep dog one clear, shriveling-cold January night at the Home Farm outside Abbots Leigh village near Bristol. The sirens screamed at 5 o'clock, and Shepherd Mitchell was immediately surrounded by a blaze of 20th-century horror. Incendiaries fired his straw-and-wattle lambing pens, sheltering 34 ewes and...

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