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Clement Attlee dead

Lord Attlee, the greatest British statesman who gave freedom to India is dead. The former British Prime Minister (1945-51) died in hospital here [London] early this morning [October 8] after a prolonged illness. The 84-year-old peer and friend of India entered the Westminster Hospital here on September 8 for treatment of what was described as a minor condition. His only son, 40-year-old Viscount Prestwood, was at his bedside when he died. Viscount Prestwood succeeds to his father’s title. Lord Attlee, who as Labour Prime Minister launched Britain’s welfare state and gave independence to India, Pakistan, Burma and Ceylon, was stated on September 20 to be very ill. Queen Elizabeth said to-day [October 8]: “I am greatly saddened by the death of Lord Attlee.” In a message to Prime Minister Wilson, Queen Elizabeth said: “His loss will be mourned not only in Parliament, but in the nation and throughout the Commonwealth which he served so steadfastly. I send my sincere sympathy to you and your colleagues.” The British Prime Minister, Mr. Harold Wilson, former Labour Party colleague of Lord Attlee, spoke to-day [October 8] of his old chief’s “quiet and modest greatness.”

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