Walter De Havilland is an amalgam, an archetype that draws on many experiences and events. Nonetheless, most of what follows is true. Although, in the modern world, can anything be taken seriously as the 'truth'?
Walter De Havilland fled the UK in 1980 as the Thatcher era kicked off. His sudden departure was nothing to do with the smoldering remains of the 2nd-floor university chemistry lab. An unfortunate incident with a block of sodium and a vat of water led to the most spectacular fireworks display.
Unfortunately, Walter's passive witness to these events was not enough to escape the termination of his lacklustre student career. Woeful exam results, which laid bare a year of boozing and partying, did not help.
Next, a promising RAF career appeared on the cards. After all, Walter had learnt all the lines from the 'Battle of Britain', "We're on our own. We've been playing for time. And it's running out!" However, the extended interview panel at RAF Biggin Hill had other ideas. A Jet Provost with a broken undercarriage and startled motorists on the A1 next to RAF Dishforth sealed his fate.
But the UK's loss proved to be Hong Kong's gain. In a 35-year career, Walter rose to the rank of Chief Superintendent. He married a stunning Chinese lady, raising a family along the way. Plus, he participated in the most significant events that shaped this place over the past four decades.
Having run out of willing police officers to share his stories, Walter has decided to go global.