Student or Learner
He [Alban] had a gift for organization. He was not afraid of responsibility. In due course he was bound to be made a Resident. Alban had some interest in England; his father was a brigadier–general killed in the war, and though he had no private means he had influential friends. He spoke of them with pleasant irony.
(W.S. Maugham; The Door of Opportunity)
Whom do he's in bold refer to - Alban or his father?
Not the dead father!
How would the sentence change if I wanted to convey the thought that his father 'was a brigadier–general killed in the war and though he had no private means he had influential friends [when he was alive; before he was killed]' (probably suggesting that Alban's father's friends could also be of help to Alban)?