Lord Louis Mountbatten achieved great things both in war and peace as a military leader and public servant. The First World War and its aftermath shaped his early life, in mid-career he was a victorious commander in the Second World War, and when peace came he brought independence to India and Pakistan. Mountbatten remains a controversial figure, but when his faults are considered in the light of the world-shaking events in which he was involved, they are overwhelmingly outweighed by his achievements. His murder, and those of members of his family and a friend, on 27 August 1979 by the IRA shocked the world.
Vice-Admiral Sir Ian McGeoch KCB, DSO, DSC, MPhil was a wartime submarine ace and serial escaper after being captured by the Germans in 1943. He later served on the staff of Mountbatten. He wrote a wartime memoir, An Affair of Chances: a Submariner's Odyssey (1991). He died in 2007.