Table of Characters

Sq. Ldr. Nicholas Badenoch - Taught Penrose Dovingdon to fly at TDS Lydd

Capt. Archie Banks - An instructor at the Balloon Training Centre, Roehampton

Dr Eden Barclay - The surgeon who worked in the theatre at General Hospital No 3 in Le Treport with Juliet Dovingdon and then at various Casualty Clearing Stations.

Tobie Baume - The young policeman who assisted Insp. Hilaire in his investigation.

Beatrice Beauvais - Wife of Virgil Beauvais.

Virgil Beauvais - A vineyard worker at Château de Gressier.

Miss Ethel Hope Becher - Matron-in-Chief of the Queen Alexander Imperial Military Nursing Service who recruited Juliette Dovingdon and Judith Perfett into the QAIMNS as nurses.

Dominique Bellanger - Married to Georges Bellanger and his death she had a long lover affairs with Étienne Guégan.

Cpl Georges Bellanger - Married to Dominique and father of Stephen Bellanger. Killed at the Battle of Célieux Ridge.

Stephen Bellanger - Son of Georges and Dominique Bellanger.

Mrs Winifred Bennett - Mistress of General Sir John French.

Private Eric Cable - Major Penrose Dovingdon’s batman.

Alfred Capus - Editor-in-Chief of Le Figaro.

Sidney Caprang K.C. - Major Penrose Dovingdon’s defence counsel during his court martial.

Captain John Carlton - Aide-de-Campe to General Sir John French.

Captain Carmichael - Prosecuting counsel in the court martial of Penrose Dovingdon.

Sgt. Castleigh - Served with Major Dovingdon in France in 32 KBS.

Captain Chivers - Penrose Dovingdon’s immediate predecessor as C.O. of 32 KBS

Robert Colbert - Bank Manager to the de Gressier Estate.

2nd Lieutenant Clifford Conwright - 2nd Lieutenant in 32 KBS reporting to Major Penrose Dovingdon.

Hugo Coudace - General Manager of the de Gressier Estate.

Delmas Senior and Junior - Accountants to the de Gressier Estate.

M. Delores - Land Agents responsible for the sale of Maison de Louis (La Bête Blanche).

Major David Victor Penrose Dovingdon - Son of Col. Sir Stoddart and Lady Dovingdon, brother of Juliette Dovingdon.

Juliette Victoria Dovingdon - Daughter of Col. Sir Stoddart and Lady Dovingdon, sister of Penrose Dovingdon. Married Étienne Guégan. Mother of Victor and Victoria Guégan.

Lady Primrose Harriet Dovingdon - Married to Col. Stoddart Dovingdon. Mother of Penrose and Juliette Dovingdon.

Col. Sir Stoddart Dovingdon - Married to Primrose Dovingdon. Father of Penrose and Juliette Dovingdon.

David Victor Daunier - Formerly known as David Victor Penrose Dovingdon.

M. Ergral - The police photographer.

Pt. Jimmy Flagstaff - Killed by sniper fire on the road to Coeur de Foucy.

Marshal Ferdinand Foch - Supreme Allied Commander during World War 1 with both British and French Armies reporting to him.

General Sir John French - Commander-in-Chief of the British Expeditionary Force for the first year and a half of World War 1.

M. Genet - The wine dealer from Genet, Bechard and Toit who purchased a substantial quantity of de Gressier wine during World War I.

Piers Goulding - Assistant housemaster at Wellington School. Responsible for introducing Penrose Dovingdon to cryptology, ciphers and codes.

Lt. Michael Gray - Initially a 2nd Lieutenant in 27 KBS but promoted to a 1st Lieutenant in 32 KBS reporting to Major Penrose Dovingdon during the Battle of Célieux Ridge.

Commandant Étienne Guégan - Married Juliette Dovingdon. Father of Victor and Victoria Guégan. Aide de Campe to Marshal Philippe Pétain and later Marshall Ferdinand Foch.

Frank Guégan - Étienne Guégan’s eldest brother.

Jean Guégan - Étienne Guégan’s elder brother.

Juliette Guégan née Dovingdon - Born Juliette Dovingdon. Married Étienne Guégan. Mother of Victor and Victoria Guégan.

Lionel Guégan - Étienne Guégan’s father.

Magdalena Guégan - Étienne Guégan’s mother.

Victor Guégan - Son of Étienne and Juliette Guégan. Victoria’s twin brother.

Victoria Guégan - Daughter of Étienne and Juliette Guégan. Victor’s twin sister.

M. Guillaume - Proprietor of The Guillaume Hotel at Berck Plage.

Field Marshal Douglas Haig - The senior officer of the British Army during the First World War. He commanded the British Expeditionary Force on the Western Front from late 1915 until the end of the war.

General Sir Richard Hakin - On the staff of Field Marshal Haig at Château de Beaurepaire who met with Étienne Guégan and Juliette Dovingdon.

Inspector Henri Hilaire - Judicial Police Officer with the National Gendarmerie.

1st Lt. Denis Holmes - 1st Lieutenant in 32 KBS reporting to Major Penrose Dovingdon. Seconded with 10 KBS to fight at the Battle of Verdun.

Col. Bertrand Jones - Major Penrose Dovingdon’s regimental commanding officer.

Emily Jones - Mistress of Girton College, Cambridge.

Joseph Kennedy - Ambassador to the Court of St James, Father of President J.F. Kennedy. US importer of Château de Gressier wine through his company Somerset Importers Inc.

Anthony Kerslake - War Correspondent from The Times newspaper who reported on Penrose Dovingdon’s Court Martial.

Sgt. Langholme - The pilot in charge of the balloon from which Penrose Dovingdon parachuted during the Battle of Célieux Ridge.

Patrice Liard - Lawyer to the de Gressier Estate.

David Lloyd-George - Chancellor of the Exchequer later to become Prime Minister.

Eva Lūckes - Matron of The London Hospital where Juliette Dovingdon started her training as a nurse.

Sgt. Macksey - A sergeant in 32 KBS who was leading the troop in which Jimmy Flagstaff was killed by a German sniper.

Maj.Gen. Sir George Scott-Moncrieff - Commanding Officer of the Royal Engineers.

Jack Morris - Son of a servant who worked in the Dovingdon family household. Badly wounded during the Battle of Festubert in May 1915 and was invalided out of the army. Long-standing and highly trusted odd-job man for Col. and Lady Dovingdon. Long standing and good friend of Juliette Dovingdon.

M. Peltier - Owns three fields adjacent to Chateau de Gressier which Étienne Guégan wanted to buy.

Judith Perfett - Best friend of Juliette Dovingdon (m. Guégan) met at The London School of Nursing and travelled to France with her to meet Field Marshal French in 1915.

Marshal Philippe Pétain - Commanded the French Second Army at the start of the Battle of Verdun. Became the Commander-in-Chief of the French Army during the First World War. Was Prime Minister of France between June 1940 and April 1942.

Lionel Petard - Goldsmith and watchmaker who made the two full Hunter gold pocket watches engraved with Victor and Victoria’s name.

George Ramus - A US lawyer who advised Joseph Kennedy on US prohibition law.

Major-General Sir Harold Ruggles-Brise - On the staff of Field Marshal Haig at Château de Beaurepaire who met with Étienne Guégan and Juliette Dovingdon.

Major Von Strader - Officer in charge of the German forces which attacked Célieux Ridge.

Cpl. Stan Stanner - Balloon pilot in KBS 32 who took Major Dovingdon on his first battlefield balloon flight.

Mrs Stephenson - Ran the Orchard Tea Garden in Grantchester, near Cambridge.

Miss Drew Stubman - Penrose Dovingdon’s companion whilst training at TDS Lydd with whom he fell in love.

1st Lieutenant Benjamin Walker - In charge of the British guns at Cotta’s Patch during the Battle of Célieux Ridge.

Sergeant Wilkinson - Served with Major Dovingdon in France with 32 KBS.

Dorothy Wrinch - A friend of Juliette Dovingdon at Girton College who became a leading mathematician specialising in biochemical theory.

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