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Blackett, Patrick Maynard Stuart, Baron Blackett (1897–1974), physicist and government and military adviser, was born on 18 November 1897 at Kensington, London, the only son and the second of three children of Arthur Stuart Blackett (1865–1922), stockbroker, and his wife, Caroline Frances (1868–1954)...

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Cable, Sir James Eric Sydney Skelton (1920–2001), diplomatist and writer on naval strategy, was born on 15 November 1920, at 132 Earls Court Road, Kensington, London, the elder son of Eric Grant Cable (1887–1970), then serving in the consular department of the Foreign Office...

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Clarke, George Sydenham, Baron Sydenham of Combe (1848–1933), defence expert and colonial administrator, was born on 4 July 1848 at the vicarage, Swinderby, Lincolnshire, the eldest of the ten children of Walter John Clarke (1813–1903), the vicar of Swinderby, and his wife, Maria Frances Mayor (...

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Colomb, Sir John Charles Ready (1838–1909), defence strategist and advocate of imperial federation, second son of Lieutenant-General George Thomas Colomb (1788–1874), colonel of the 97th regiment, and his wife, Mary, daughter of Sir Abraham Bradley King, bt, of Corrard, co. Fermanagh, was born on the ...

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Hart, Sir Basil Henry Liddell (1895–1970), military thinker and historian, was born on 31 October 1895 at 4 rue Rosquépine, near the place St Augustin, in Paris (8th arrondissement). He was the younger son of Revd Henry Bramley Hart (1860–1937), the Wesleyan Methodist minister in ...

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Repington, Charles À Court (1858–1925), army officer and military writer, was born on 29 January 1858, at 15 Chesham Street, London. He was the son of Charles Henry Wyndham À Court Repington (1819–1903), a staunch Anglican and Peelite, MP for Wilton, 1852–5, and of ...

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Wintringham, Thomas Henry [Tom] (1898–1949), socialist activist and military theorist, was born on 15 May 1898 in Grimsby, Lincolnshire, the third child of John Fildes Wintringham (1866–1940), a solicitor, and his wife, Eliza Mapson Workman (1868–1937). Both his parents' families were nonconformist in religion and in politics, and Gladstonian Liberalism was to prove a lasting influence. Educated at ...