Posted by Jon on January 21, 2019 at 07:37:13 user Jon.
In Reply to: Re: Why did the Admiralty summon Cdr Walker to London? posted by Alan Hakim on January 21, 2019 at 04:06:44:
I think many people are overlooking the obvious. Cdr. Walker was stationed in Malta for an extended time just the previous winter (in SA the ship was "at Malta, but under orders for Hong-Kong"; in WH, 15-16 months later it was still in Malta, "their mother had gone away only yesterday morning, to go to Malta, where their fatherís ship was stationed for a time"), yet he had been summoned home from the China Station (overland), which would indicate a severely truncated assignment there. Clearly he was really (as has been proposed before) working for the Secret (not the Senior) Service, and was brought back to meet with his control agent, one Arthur Ransome, who found it convenient for him to be located in the Harwich area for a year or so. Cdr. Walker's career was clearly at the mercy of, not the First Lord, but rather, to steal a reference from Poul Anderson, "the great Historian".
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