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John Ormsby

revised by R. L. Winstanley

Carleton, George (1651/2?–1728x30), army officer and memoirist, was probably born at Ewelme in Oxfordshire, the son of George Carleton. He claimed to be closely related to Sir Dudley Carleton, secretary of state to Charles I. However, until the late 1920s nothing was known about him other than what appears in the memoirs of military life ascribed to his name which was first published in 1728. As this work appeared in the lifetime of ...

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Cholmley, Sir Hugh, first baronet (1600–1657), royalist army officer and autobiographer, was born on 22 July 1600 at Roxby Castle, Thornton on the Hill (now Thornton Dale) in the North Riding of Yorkshire, the eldest son of Sir Richard Cholmley (1580–1631) and Susannah (1578–1611)...

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Fermor, Sir Patrick Michael [Paddy] Leigh (1915–2011), special operations officer and author, was born on 11 February 1915 at 20 Endsleigh Gardens, Bloomsbury, London, the younger child and only son of Sir Lewis Leigh Fermor (1880–1954), geologist, and his first wife, Muriel Aileen (otherwise Eileen or Æileen), ...

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Sir Patrick Michael Leigh Fermor (1915–2011) by Joan Leigh Fermor, 1946 © Patrick Fermor Archive, Trustees of the National Library of Scotland

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Thompson Cooper

revised by D. N. Farr

Hodgson, John (1617/18–1684?), army officer and autobiographer, was a native of Yorkshire. He took up arms for parliament in late 1642 and began his military service as ensign in the regiment of Colonel Forbes. He fought under Sir Thomas Fairfax and was badly wounded in the defeat at ...

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Jones, Elias Henry (1883–1942), prisoner of war and university administrator, was born at Brynymor Road, Aberystwyth, on 21 September 1883, the eldest son of the philosopher Sir Henry Jones (1852–1922), who was then a lecturer at University College, Aberystwyth, and his wife, ...

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Lamb, Roger (1756–1830), soldier and writer, was born on 17 January 1756 in Dublin. Little is known of his family or early life, except that he somehow received an excellent education in English composition. At the age of seventeen he entered the army, joining the ...

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Eric Sutherland Lomax (1919–2012) by unknown photographer, c.1939 © Writer Pictures

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Lomax, Eric Sutherland (1919–2012), prisoner of war and author, was born on 30 May 1919 at 11 Bedford Terrace, Portobello, Edinburgh, the only child of John Lomax (1878–1950), post office clerk, later post office manager, formerly a Stockport pawnbroker's assistant, and his wife, ...

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Pearman, John (1819–1908), soldier and autobiographer, was born on 24 February 1819 at Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, the son of Robert and Elizabeth Pearman. He worked as a sawyer and woodman until 1840 when he 'thought it time to give up such hard work which brought little more than a living for myself but much for my employers. The Railway started and [I] joined the ...

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Sitaram Pande (supp. 1795?–1873x80?), supposed army officer in India and autobiographer, may not have existed. The authenticity of what purport to be his memoirs has been disputed, and if they are a work of fiction then so too is this article, which is largely based on them, and statements here about his life should be read in this light. ...