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The Pest Detectives: The Definitive Guide to Rentokil by Rob Gray

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The Westphal-Buchan double act

Yet despite Harris’s proto-James-Bond wardrobe and penchant for sports cars, it was Westphal and Buchan who were moving fast. The duo had great mutual respect, having flown combat missions during the war: Westphal as a navigator with Bomber Command, Buchan piloting the Fairey Swordfish torpedo-bomber from Royal Navy carriers. Both had joined British Ratin in the same year, 1950, and initially worked in the field before moving into management positions under Anker-Petersen. Together they set about taking the business to another level.

Teddy Buchan (left) and Bob Westphal, the dynamic double act that oversaw strong ...

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