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In the long-forgotten golden age of the British aero industry, Avro (named for its founder Alliott Verdon Roe) was a highly prestigious aircraft manufacturer, clearly keen to encourage ambitious young airmen. And Vardy was of course one such.

His contemporaries – handsome debonair products of the public schools, as was he – would probably all too soon be pitted against the ruthless hordes of the Luftwaffe, the latters' murderous skills honed during the Spanish Civil War. But for whatever reason, Vardy doesn't seem to have been involved in active combat in that greater war that followed. And nor did his marriage long survive either.