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Ambassador Chatardová unveiled information panels in Wingrave

On Sunday 14 April, Ambassador Marie Chatardová, together with the Ambassador of the Slovak Republic, Mr. Róbert Ondrejcsák, and Mrs. Gerry Manolas, Chairman of the Memorial Association for Free Czechoslovak Veterans, unveiled two information panels dedicated to the Czechoslovak Government in Exile during the Second World War.

The village of Wingrave, north of London, was home to members of President Edvard Beneš's cabinet from 1940 to 1945. Beneš himself moved from London, which was plagued by German bombing, to the neighbouring village of Aston Abbots for safety reasons. The Ambassador and other guests of honour unveiled two information boards - the first in Wingrave, detailing the Czechoslovak presence in the village, and the second on the shelter of a nearby bus stop, funded by President Beneš during the war.

In Wingrave, in the building "The Old Manor House" rented from the Countess of Essex, resided the head of Beneš's office, Jaromír Smutný, with his family, his secretary, Ludmila Kašpaříková, and the president's political advisor, Dr. Prokop Drtina, with his family. Staff Major Josef Podhora, head of the platoon responsible for the President's security, and military advisors General Antonín Hasal and Major General Oldřich Španiel also stayed in Wingrave.