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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
18th February 1917 Born today: Phyllis Calvert, London, actress (Man in Grey)
18th February 1901 Born today: Reginald Sheffield, London England, actor (Second Chance)
18th February 1775 Born today: Thomas Girtin, London, artist/watercolorist
Volunteers from Paddington
Napoleon Bonaparte was thwarted in this public house
Location: 123 Bayswater Road, W2 3JH
Description: Apart from being an old pub... it dates from the mid 1700s - but this establishment also has a military connection.
It was used as a recruiting station for the 'Paddington Volunteers'. Now these hardy souls were formed to support King and country in fear of invasion from Napoleon Bonaparte, and what a good bunch they were.
Here's hoping they had the opportunity to take a drink when they signed up.