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1. Dan Major, Production Designer on Beeston. The painting was a private project, begun when Dan learned that Alec Mitchell would be on the project as advisor, and was a personal gift to him.↩

2. Though there is evidence of redaction at key points in the publically available version, prompting claims by the conspiracy theorist crowd that the Government has something to hide.↩

3. Victor Kaczmynski, the Beeston Safe Haven’s mechanic-cum-engineer and survivor # 2,486,254.↩

4. Jeannie Marks, Haven community member and survivor # 2,486,278.↩

5. Sally Davis; one of Beeston Haven’s administrators, and survivor # 2,486,262.↩

6. “Docklands”; the nickname for the Survivor Enclaves Communications & Coordination Directorate (SECCD), based at Canary Wharf, the former docks on the Isle of Dogs in London. Set up as a sub-division of GCHQ, it was established six weeks into the Battle for Survival and, until VUK Day, helped survivors and safe havens in the Infected Zone remain in contact with Z-Free UK.↩

7. Carol Gant; Safe Haven community member and Beeston Militia guard. Carol lived in Beeston at the time of O-Day, commuting to Chester each day for her job as a personal trainer in a gym there. Carol helped devise the fitness regime for the Militia at its founding.↩

8. Apart from its time of “independence” as a Safe Haven during the Battle for Survival, Beeston Castle is owned and run by English Heritage.↩

9. Henry Jackson, the Beeston Enclave’s de facto leader.↩

10. Dr Jennifer Edwards, DVM, RCVS, Beeston Haven’s veterinarian, doctor, and survivor # 2,486,302. I asked my question as, aside from Dr Edwards, there were two other “Jennifers” in Beeston at the time. Jennifer Toller helped Dr Edwards by acting as receptionist / triage / time waster deflector. She even acted as follow-up nurse for cases Dr Edwards had already dealt with, ensuring all was fine.↩

11. The Hospital for Tropical Diseases (HTD) is a specialist tropical disease hospital, part of the University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and is associated with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. It is the UK’s only NHS hospital dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of tropical diseases and travel-related infections.↩

12. The USA’s Centres for Disease Control & Prevention, based in Atlanta, Georgia.↩

13. A Beeston Diary, G.J.Burridge, IZ Historical Press.↩

14. Ambulandi Plaga Mortis, from the Latin; “Plague of Walking Death”, as coined (with some initial controversy) by Dr. Emma Ryan at the HTD. Often (incorrectly) shortened to “Ambulandi Mortis”, and also referenced in the media since as “La Plaga” or just “Mortis”. Whilst lacking medical clarity, the name more than makes up for it by describing the tertiary, or end state, of the infected.↩

15. “Angel Wings”; the nickname for the UK’s airborne comms network; comprised of coordinated long flight endurance drones and balloons. Utilizing both Google and Facebook’s own drone networks, commandeered by the Government for the war effort, Operation Gabriel was established six weeks after O-Day, tasked to maintain internet WiFi and telecommunications contact with survivor communities scattered across the Infected Zone above the Kennet & Avon Line. While this vital service plugged many of the communications holes that quickly opened up in the IZ, created by the failure of un-maintained ground-based networks, Angel Wings was nonetheless patchy, with service sometimes non-existent during bad weather conditions.↩

16. The Kennet & Avon Line was the walled perimeter set up to protect the zeb free zone in the south of England in the first days, as the Outbreak quickly descended into the Battle for Survival. The defences – initially constructed by units of Army Reserve engineers – largely followed the route of the Kennet & Avon Canal, which flows east to west from Bristol to London (until it joined London’s protective ring of the M25 Wall) and helped create a natural moat in front of the defences; vital in slowing the initial wave of zombies enough, thereby enabling the TA sappers to complete the perimeter wall.↩

17. “Ruby”, the surviving Haven drone, is exhibited at the Beeston Haven Experience Museum.↩

18. Bernadette Cowan, survivor # 2,486,296.↩

19. Brendan Lilley, Beeston Haven’s assigned Militia Captain.↩

20. Peter John Rule, Sergeant, British Army First Battalion Parachute Regiment, and the Beeston Haven’s government-assigned “advisor”, tasked with assisting the Haven in its intelligence gathering, militia training, and medium term survival strategy, as well as daily operational tactics. While officially assigned by the MoD to act as liaison between Beeston and Docklands, it has become clear since that such roles also reported to MI5.↩

21. “Zeb-stickers”; The UK’s Zombie Apocalypse answer to the Roman Gladius; a 60cm long, double-edged blade, with a long tapering diamond end for stabbing into the skull orbit. Mass production began within the first weeks after O-Day, when it became clear an effective weapon capable of swift and silent zombie dispatching was required by operatives and survivors out in the Infected Zone of the nigh-on gun-free UK. A supply of zeb-stickers had been airdropped to Beeston shortly before Sgt Rule’s arrival in early winter. Beeston’s medieval re-enactment contingent in fact helped prove the zeb-sticker’s usefulness. Some official PMS video of zeb-sticker’s use and tactics contains in-field footage of Pre-Phenomena Beestoners as early adopters.↩

22. It is interesting to note that Mitchell mentions Sgt Rule’s carbine. Mitchell was oblivious that the M4 is not standard issue for the UK’s Regular Army infantry. SA80s were still standard issue at the time. That Rule’s preferred weapon was a M4 indicates his training and regiment may well have been more specialised than official records state. As it is known that other advisors went into the IZ on ops under cover, “John Rule” may not in fact be the Sergeant’s real name. Unless and until his personnel file is released – and it will not be under the fifty-year rule – these questions will remain unanswered.↩

23. Aled Griffiths, Enclave militiaman, survivor # 2,486,311↩

24. Andrew “Fletch” Fletcher, Enclave militiaman. As stated by Alec Mitchell, none of those chosen for Rule’s recon team were in any way affiliated with Henry’s faction within Beeston. Like Bernadette Cowan and Aled Griffiths, Andrew Fletcher was also a survivor who found Beeston, having arrived at the Haven a month after O-Day. According to the Beeston archive, Fletcher endured weeks of fear out in the IZ, only to face four days quarantine with little food or water and a thorough grilling by Brendan Lilley before being allowed to stay; an experience he never forgot, nor forgave. Survivor # 2,486,215↩

25. The Beeston Safe Haven Representative Council superseded the former Beeston Parish Council as the local elected body for the duration of the Battle for Survival.↩

26. Wallace Burns, Beeston Haven Representative Council member, survivor # 2,486,282.↩

27. Of the Beeston Safe Haven population at the time, 58 of the 302 survivors had come to the Castle with Henry Jackson’s convoy of battle re-enactment friends and their families.↩

28. Mitchell had volunteered the rest be taken and used for firewood the previous winter.↩

29. Horace Pickles, Beeston Haven’s general helper and zeb “funeral director”.↩

30. PPE: Personal Protective Equipment.↩

31. S.O.P.: Standard Operating Procedure.↩

32. “Neuroplasticity”; the ability of the living brain to effectively re-wire its neural connections by itself in the event injury and disease disrupt normal function.↩

33. Medical acronym for “Non-Undead Injury”.↩

34. The “Beeston Net” as it was called, had been set up by Johnny Callaghan, after equipment had been airdropped in by Docklands.↩

35. Derrick Weber, Enclave community member / militia guard↩

36. Terry Sullivan, Enclave community member / militia guard↩

37. GSW: Medical abbreviation for “Gunshot Wound”↩

38. Josey Madeley, another of the Beeston safe Haven’s Administrators and its unofficial archivist, was on shift up at the Ward at the time of the First Emergence. She videoed the entire attack from its walls and risked her life capturing the explosion from the Ward’s South-facing Wall. Metal shrapnel from the blast almost decapitated her.↩

39. DECO - Designated Enclave Communications Officer. All survivor enclaves within the Infected Zone were assigned a DECO, based at the SECCD in Docklands. Angela Ofoegbu was Beeston’s DECO from the time the SECCD was first established until VUK Day.↩

40. RAF Northolt, in North West London.↩

41. Until the end of the Battle for Survival on the UK mainland, Alec Mitchell served as part of the Sub-Committee for Amalgam Homunculus Research & Eradication (SCAhRE). Changed from “Sub-Committee for Amalgam Homunculus Intelligence & Counter-Measures” (SCAHICM), just seven weeks after its formation, as “SCAhRE” was considered a much catchier acronym for propaganda purposes – at least until the think tank came to be collectively known as “The Giant Killers”.↩

42. CRS; Catastrophe Reaction Syndrome↩

43. PTSD; Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.↩

44. “Ravers” was the nickname for the Undead Distraction Division (UDD); one of the new arms of the British Army. Comprising specialist technical teams deployed throughout the IZ to draw zeb hordes away from active missions or vulnerable survivor enclaves, Ravers often as not used audio to attract the undead. Unsurprisingly, Ravers by proportion had some of the highest field casualty counts. Their motto was, “Pump up the volume”.↩

45. Anfield Football Stadium, one-time home to Liverpool FC up until O-Day.↩

46. Ian Bellamy, PhD; engineer, metallurgist, and deputy chief of the “Giant Killer” think tank.↩

47. Safe Haven Support Civilian Auxiliary (SHSCA), otherwise known as “Civvie Support”, was a service providing qualified professional civilian volunteers for vital operational roles in construction and engineering that could not be spared from the UK’s depleted armed forces. Civvie Supporters can be seen with the other Auxiliary and armed forces marching past the Cenotaph down Whitehall on Remembrance Day.↩

48. Fakers; survivors who, for various reasons not necessarily criminal, in the course of the Battle and while still within the Infected Zone, assumed the identities of the dead or infected. The legal ramifications of this, where surviving or revived businesses, properties or estates have been left otherwise unclaimed, have proven to be huge, and fraud cases will arise for decades yet.↩

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