SOUTH AFRICA: Admiral Under a Figtree

A mixed force of 200 bluejackets and Royal Marines tumbled out of motor lorries at Serowe, Bechuanaland last week, set up a strong wire barricade, a khaki tent fly for a canopy and unfolded two canvas chairs. A host of 15,000 chattering, grinning natives gathered round the fence, for on the chairs sat two mighty chieftains come to judge the native Chief Tshekedi.

The ranking senior of the two British officers on the folding chairs was a mighty chieftain indeed. Vice Admiral Edward Radcliffe Garth Russell Evans is one of the most distinguished officers in the British Navy. Born 52...

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