Argentinian-born Jeffrey MacDougall came to England when he was eight years of age, just after the end of World War I. In 1932 he was commissioned into The Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry and in September 1936, just five weeks after going to the Berlin Olympics as the reigning British modern pentathlon champion, he was seconded to the Royal Air Force (RAF) with a temporary commission as a flying officer. In 1939 MacDougall joined an Army co-operation squadron in the Middle East and the following year became a a captain in he Army and flight lieutenant in the RAF. He was promoted to squadron leader and later that year won the DFC for gallantry. He completed 22 operational missions before he was killed in action in December 1942.