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‘Winnie the Pooh’ creator worked as a secret agent
ANI
London, April 26, 2013
First Published: 00:22 IST(26/4/2013)
Last Updated: 00:23 IST(26/4/2013)

Some classified intelligence files reveal that writer AA Milne, who created ‘Winnie the Pooh’, was also a British secret agent.

Documents showing Milne worked for the First World War propaganda unit MI7b have been found in an old trunk — where they narrowly escaped being hurled into a skip.

The files had survived a post-war order to burn all evidence of MI7b because a colleague of Milne, Captain James Lloyd, took them home, the Daily Express reported.

They were forgotten about until they were unearthed by the captain’s great-nephew, Jeremy Arter.

He realised their significance while clearing the house in Brecon, Mid-Wales.

“Much of the household belongings were to go in a skip. I was about to throw everything away but, leafing through, I saw a book with MI7b written on it and decided to take a closer look. When I turned the cover and saw the name AA Milne, I knew it was a historic document,” Arter said.


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