"Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few..." (Churchill) This part of the speech refers to the ongoing efforts of the Royal Air Force pilots who were at the time fighting the Battle of Britain, the pivotal air battle with the German Luftwaffe with Britain expecting a German invasion.
Robert Dudley (1533–1588), Earl of Leicester, later in life. He was Queen Elizabeth's favourite gentleman of the court and secretly married her cousin, Lettice Knollys. She was the mother of another of Elizabeth's favourites, Robert Devereaux.
James Doohan was to gain fame as Scotty on Star Trek. But on the outbreak of War in 1939 he joined the Royal Canadian Artillery serving as a lieutenant in 13th Field Regiment in the U.K. He landed on D-Day at Juno beach where late in the day he was seriously wounded being hit four times in a friendly fire incident. Evacuated to the U.K, on recovery he trained as an AOP pilot, and served as an artillery spotter from 1945 to the wars end flying Austers..