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The June 13 1938 edition of the Toronto Daily Star included this photo of Admiral Sir Edward Evans testing the air raid defence of London:

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Edward Evans (1880-1957) led a full and heroic life. Among other things:

  • As a young man, he became a physical fitness fanatic, walking 40 or 50 miles a day and swimming for hours in the sea.
  • He participated in two Antarctic expeditions: one in 1902-1904, and one in 1910-1913.
  • In the First World War, he commanded the HMS Broke, which, in an action near Dover, sank one German destroyer, rammed another, and forced four others to escape. This made him a popular hero.
  • From 1936 to 1942, he was rector of the University of Aberdeen.
  • In 1945, he became Baron Mountevans.
  • In 1947, he chaired a committee to establish the rules of professional wrestling in Britain.

That’s rather a lot of accomplishments.

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