The Landlord of the Hare and Hounds in 1939 was Henry John Smith. He was still the landlord during war time so it is assumed he must have been involved. In the 1950's his wife is recorded as the licensee.
Their son Eric David (“Birdie”) Smith was at the nearby All Hallows School up to around 1943 and would regularly ride his bicycle home at the weekend. He could also have been aware of what was in the attic. He later became an Intelligence Officer with the Gurkha Rifles and a highly regarded Military Historian.
|Unit or location||Role||Posted from||until|
|Ottery St Mary Suboutstation||Operator||Unknown||20 Jun 1944|
Chris Saunders and Robrt Neale, Ottery St Mary Heritage Society