Lionel Westropp Jardine (1895-1980) was born in London and educated at Charterhouse and Wadham College, Oxford. As a 2nd Lieutenant and Captain, 5th Battalion, Queen's Royal West Surrey Regiment, he served in India and Mesopotamia. He was in the Political service in Mesopotamia, 1919-1921, and the Indian Civil Service, 1924-1947. His encounter with Frank Buchman and Moral Re-Armament transformed him and intrigued Mahatma Gandhi and many other Indian leaders whom he met.
After his retirement, he acted in the film 'Freedom', playing the part of the colonial governor: looking and sounding the part!