Bobby Boy Eden

The 1941 passport revealing Anthony Eden's first name was Robert
The 1941 passport revealing Anthony Eden's first name was Robert
The Kings Theatre where a rally for members from the southern region of the Post Office Workers' Union was held

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On Tuesday, September 15, I published a picture of foreign secretary Anthony Eden taking the salute at a march-past in Guildhall Square, Portsmouth.

I recently acquired my late father’s passport from 1941 when he was sent to Egypt with the Dockyard to repair ships at Port Said and Alexandria.

Inside the front cover is the usual bumf about ‘let or hindrance’ and although the facsimile signing is by Anthony Eden it reveals his first Christian name was in fact Robert.

I can’t imagine anyone calling him Bobby Boy, can you?