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In the novella Dead Man's Mirror, Colonel Ned Bury was a friend of the Chevenix-Gore family and had known them for many years. According to Major Riddle, Bury spent a lot of time at Hamborough Close, almost "a tame cat about the house" and functioned almost as a kind of A.D.C. to Vanda Chevenix-Gore. Godfrey Burrows, the secretary of Gervase said that Vanda was very fond of Bury and he worshiped described her and "followed her about like a dog."

Bury had persuaded Gervase Chevenix-Gore to invest a large sum of money in the Paragon Synthetic Rubber Substitute Company. The venture had turned sour and Gervase had lost a lot of money. At the beginning of the novella, Gervase had asked Poirot to come to Hamborough Close to investigate a fraud. Gervase died before he could reveal what the fraud was but it may not have been this investment. Gervase had told his secretary Burrows that, annoyed as he was about the loss, Bury was either a knave or a fool but more probably a fool. In any case, he had to "go easy with him for Vanda's sake."

Colonel Ned Bury is not featured in the film adaptation of the original story in Series 5 of ITV's Agatha Christie's Poirot.

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