There, they were approached by a haunting figure in dated clothing which rested his hand on James' head before his body fell apart.
Running away, James told the other boys (including Henry Barns, who was watching from afar) not to talk about it, an order which all of the boys but Raymond completely ignored.
A turning point in his life was the Great Intelligence's invasion of London, where he met the Second Doctor and Anne Travers and was inspired to defend Earth from alien threats.
Working closely with Travers, Lethbridge-Stewart founded and led the Home-Army Fifth Operational Corps for a short period — during which he was promoted to Brigadier — before becoming the commander of UNIT's UK operations.
As a result, the two men's standoff ended with the beginning of the Christmas truce, changing the future slightly so that both men survived.