I am indebted to Mark Thompson for sending me this photograph of officers of the Coats Mission taken with the Royal Family in 1942 outside York House, Sandringham.
Mark’s grandfather, Wilfred Thompson – known as “Bloody Jim” and if you’d met him you know why, according to Mark! – is the second from the left in the back row, and my grandfather, Malcolm Hancock is next to him, third from the left. Mark believes that at least 5 members of the photo were in the Coats Mission, so now that’s possibly four.
If anyone knows the identity of the others, or any other information, please leave a comment.