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From my all time favorite newspaper, the one and only, the great, U.K. Daily Mail. Click to access Daily Mail original.
I had an inkling that ‘Louis’ was going to be in there in some way.
I like the whole name, but am very gratified by the ‘Louis’ part. Yes, most Americans don’t know him though he was, of course, Supreme Allied Commander, South East Asia Command (1943-1946).
One of my heroes, alongside the likes of Churchill, Mandela, Tutu, Montgomery et. al.
Admiral of the Fleet Louis Francis Albert Victor Nicholas Mountbatten,
1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma,
KG GCB OM GCSI GCIE GCVO DSO PC FRS
I never met him though we both lived in the same state, Hampshire, prior to his tragic assassination by the cowardly, dastardly IRA.
There is a Ceylon connection. He moved the South East Asia Command headquarters to Ceylon (Kandy) in August 1944.
He used to stay at this hotel, Mount Lavinia, just south of Colombo, on the coast.
Obviously, if you know your history, he was the Viceroy and Governor General of India during the period of Independence. He is the one who created Pakistan. Yes, it is also true (and I have never been able to reconcile this) that it was during this time that my other hero (and dinner guest at our house), Jawaharlal Nehru, was having a very open affair with his wife.
The Mountbattens with Gandhi, 1947.
The absolutely breathtakingly beautiful, Mountbatten Estate, in Romsey, Hampshire — just 4 miles from Hursley (where I worked for IBM). One of my favorite destinations.