A military man and teddy bears

From “Daphne du Maurier, A Daughter’s Memoir”, by Flavia Leng.

Flavia Leng’s father, Major Frederick Browning, had read Du Maurier’s first novel, “The Loving Spirit”. Inspired by her description of the Coastline, he visited Cornwall to go sailing and chanced to meet the author. According to Flavia Lang, it was her mother who proposed marriage;  and they wed in a church that had featured in “The Loving Spirit”.

Browning rose in rank to form the Airborne Division. He saw action at Normandy and Arnhem. It was he who warned Montgomery that Operation Market Garden was reaching for  “a bridge too far”.

The general ended his all hastily scribbled letters home with “kisses from the Boys”.

The “Boys” were his childhood bears who travelled everywhere with him, packed in a briefcase.

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