After the recent news of the brand new exclusive short stories in The HAVOC Files 2, Candy Jar is proud to announce a special free Lethbridge-Stewart story, released in tribute to Eileen Younghusband, who died on September 2nd at the age of 95.
Born in London, Eileen joined the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force during World War Two and worked in the Filter Room, the top secret hub of Britain’s air defence, which processed information from coastal radar stations to give air raid warnings and enable the RAF to intercept German bombers. After D-day, she was sent to Belgium with a small team of women using their mathematical skill to locate the mobile launchers for the V2 rockets then raining down on London and Antwerp.
A life size figure of Eileen as a twenty-one-year-old WAAF officer stands in a replica of a filter room at the Battle of Britain museum at Bentley Priory. Her advice on the WAAF was sought by historians, documentary makers and even a Hollywood scriptwriter.
Her television appearances included the BBC series, Britain’s Greatest Generation, Channel 4’s WW2: The Last Heroes, and the ITV Wales programme, Welsh Heroes of World War Two, as well as BBC’s Breakfast, The One Show and Eggheads. Her book – One Woman’s War – won a People’s Book Prize. Her latest book – Eileen’s War – was written for children and was completed and published only weeks before her death.
Range Editor Andy Frankham-Allen says, “We’ve had plans for a while to bring Eileen into the series, and the news of her death made us decide to make it happen sooner, to pay tribute to this great legend of World War II. It’s not often one meets a bona fide hero in one’s life, and the difference Eileen made to the security of the UK cannot be stressed enough; it was a natural thing to bring her into contact with the Doctor Who legend that is Lethbridge-Stewart.”
The Last Duty is set shortly after The Grandfather Infestation and is written by newcomer to the range, Christopher Bryant. He says: “Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart has always been one of my favourite characters from Doctor Who, so it’s a privilege to be part of bringing him back to have new adventures.”
Bryant is no stranger to the worlds of Doctor Who, having served as editor and contributor of several Doctor Who charity books such as the You and Who collections, Seasons of War, and the forthcoming You on Target. When not contributing to charity books he is an English teacher in Woking.
The free PDF, available from the Candy Jar website, also features excerpts from Eileen’s War and One Woman’s War. Shaun Russell, head of publishing at Candy Jar, says: “We have included these excerpts to illustrate how important Eileen was in the defence of Britain. Apart from arguably saving Winston Churchill’s life, spending time with Dylan Thomas and acting as a guide at a Nazi concentration camp, I would encourage all fans to read these excerpts as a document of our times.”
The story features a cameo by Eileen, immortalised as the cousin of Derek Younghusband, a character created with Eileen’s blessing for The Band of Evil, who appears in The HAVOC Files 2 . Christopher continues: “I loved writing this story because it’s a great mix of monster-filled action scenes with a more thoughtful examination of how we lead our lives. It’s a particular honour to be able to pay tribute to Eileen Younghusband, who lived such an amazing life.”
The Last Duty can be downloaded HERE.