World Battlefronts: MEN AT WAR: Utter Contempt

Admiral Sir Walter Henry Cowan, Bart. was awarded the Distinguished Service Order last week for "gallantry, determination and undaunted devotion to duty as liaison officer with the Commandos." The Admiral stands 5 ft. 2 in., and this is his second D.S.O. He won his first on the Nile, 46 years ago, when Horatio Herbert Kitchener, later Earl of Khartum, was fighting the Mahdi. The Admiral is now 73.

In 1939 the weathered old sea eagle had been retired eight years. He told the Admiralty: "I want to die on a battlefield—not in bed." Said the Admiralty: "Too old." Eventually...

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