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Allan, Sir Henry Marshman Havelock-, first baronet (1830–1897), army officer and politician, eldest of eight children (four surviving) of Major-General Sir Henry Havelock (1795–1857) and his wife, Hannah (d. 1882), daughter of Dr Joshua Marshman, was born at Chinsura, India, on 6 August 1830. He assumed the additional surname of ...

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Axtell, Daniel (bap. 1622, d. 1660), parliamentarian army officer and regicide, was baptized on 26 May 1622 at Great Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, probably the son of William Axtell (d. 1638), chief burgess of the town, and his wife, Dorothy Symons (d. 1629)...

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Barnaby, Sir Nathaniel (1829–1915), naval architect, the eldest son of Nathaniel Barnaby, inspector of shipwrights at Sheerness Dockyard, and his wife, Anna (née Fowler), was born at Chatham on 25 February 1829. At the age of fourteen, Barnaby became a shipwright apprentice at ...

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Chillenden, Edmund (fl. 1631–1678), parliamentarian army officer and General Baptist leader, was the son of William Chillenden, yeoman, of Faversham, Kent. His father had died by the time he was bound to the Merchant Taylors' Company of London in February 1631. He gained his freedom of the company in March 1637 and worked for his former master as a button-seller living in ...

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Dell, Jonas (d. 1665?), soldier and religious writer, may have fought in the parliamentarian army in the civil war. Nothing is known about his origins or early life, but in 1658 he attacked a corrupt establishment thus: 'I did not think at Marston Moor...

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Gladman, John (fl. 1644–1685), parliamentarian army officer and conspirator, is of unknown parents and background, though he claimed in 1683 to be related to the former parliamentarian soldier and plotter Richard Rumbold. He succeeded James Berry as captain-lieutenant in Oliver Cromwell's Ironsides regiment...

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Gordon, William James (1864–1922), West Indian soldier and recipient of the Victoria Cross, was born on 19 May 1864 in Jamaica. His precise birthplace and parents' names are unknown, as are details of his life before July 1885, when he enlisted in the ...

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Sir John Harman (d. 1673) by Sir Peter Lely, c. 1665–6 © National Maritime Museum, London, Greenwich Hospital Collection

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Harman, Sir John (d. 1673), naval officer, was possibly one of the Suffolk Harmans, some of whom were involved in shipowning. His brother was said to be 'an upholsterer at Cornhill' (Le Neve's Pedigrees, 3), presumably the Philip Harman who was related by marriage to ...

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Harrison, Edward Frank (1869–1918), analytical chemist and army officer, was born at 264 Albany Road, Camberwell, London, on 18 July 1869, the third child of William Harrison (1822/3–1878), a Home Office clerk, and his wife, Susannah, née Lawson. His father died when he was nine and his mother opened a small school, which enabled her sons to be educated at the ...

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Harrison, Thomas (bap. 1616, d. 1660), parliamentarian army officer and regicide, was baptized on 16 July 1616 in Newcastle under Lyme, Staffordshire, the second of four children and the only son of Richard Harrison (bap. 1587, d. 1653), butcher, burgess, and four times mayor of the town, and his wife, ...

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Sir Henry Havelock (1795–1857) by Frederick Goodall, c. 1857 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Havelock, Sir Henry (1795–1857), army officer, was born on Easter day, 5 April 1795, at Ford Hall, Bishopwearmouth, near Sunderland, second son of William Havelock (1757–1837), shipbuilder and shipowner, and Jane, daughter of John Carter, solicitor, of Stockton-on-Tees. She gave her children a strict religious upbringing and her premature death in 1810 came as a grievous shock to young ...

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Holmes, Abraham (d. 1685), army officer and conspirator, was perhaps from co. Durham, though it has been suggested that he was related to a Holmes family of Sussex. Nothing definite is known of his background. He first appears during the early years of the civil war as a lieutenant in ...

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Hutchinson, John (bap. 1615, d. 1664), parliamentarian army officer and regicide, was baptized on 18 September 1615 at St Mary's, Nottingham, the son of Sir Thomas Hutchinson (1589–1643) of Owthorpe, Nottinghamshire, and Margaret, daughter of Sir John Byron. Educated at free schools in ...

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Larke, Sampson (bap. 1620, d. 1685), republican soldier and Baptist preacher, was baptized at Poundstock, north Cornwall, on 27 August 1620, the son of Sampson Larke (d. in or before 1654), a yeoman farmer, and his wife, Agnes, whose name before marriage is not known. He was one of at least three children to survive infancy, and his father was churchwarden of ...

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Lawrence, Richard (d. 1684), army officer and author, first emerged into prominence as commissary of provisions in Lord Manchester's army in September 1643. He served in a similar capacity in the New Model Army and accompanied Cromwell's expeditionary force to Ireland in August 1649 as marshal-general of horse. In 1647 two pamphlets, ...

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Lockyer, Robert (1625/6–1649), Leveller and parliamentarian soldier, may have been the son of Mary Locker, who was a householder in the parish of St Botolph without Bishopsgate, London, in 1638. If this Robert was the same man as the future Leveller, he and his mother were rebaptized by the Particular Baptist ...

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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, ...