This is the church, where the author’s grandparents-in-law are also buried.
And honeymooned on Lake Windermere.
Zeppelin bombing raids during the four years of the war killed 557 people, injured 1358, and caused £3 million damage. During the last two years of the war, the new German Gotha bombers killed an additional 836 people, injured 2,000, and caused a further £1.5 million damage. This first “Battle of Britain” served to terrorize the population, disrupt factory production, and draw pilots and resources away from the front lines for Home Defence.
Watch a least a few minutes of this vintage film about the Zeppelin raids to get a better understanding.
"The handsome, energetic young poet had died in April from the complications of an infected mosquito bite on his way to fight at Gallipoli. Ironically, one of the poems in his collection began, If I should die, think only this of me: That there’s some corner of a foreign field That is forever England. He was buried on the Aegean island of Skyros.” - quote from the novel
“They marvelled at the construction of the megalithic monument, but could be equally amazed at the idea that men could build machines that carried them up into the clouds.” - quote from the novel
"Almost eight hundred years old, it was another marvellous feat of human ingenuity and craftsmanship." - quote from the novel
Hear a sassy ragtime version on Bill Edward’s site. (You have to listen to the end for the rag.)
Waldorf and Nancy Astor gave their tennis pavilion and bowling alley at their fabulous Cliveden estate to the Canadians as hospital facilities. You can see from this photo how those grew. American-born Nancy was popular with the patients, whom she regularly visited.
The white feather was a symbol of cowardice. During WW1 the Order of the White Feather, begun in England, tried to shame men into enlisting by handing them white feathers. This became a problem for men unable to enlist for health reasons, or those serving the war effort in various capacities on the Home Front.