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Anderson, Sir Robert (1841–1918), spymaster, detective chief, and author, was born on 29 May 1841 in Mountjoy Square, Dublin, the son of Matthew Anderson (1804–1888), crown solicitor, Dublin, and his wife, Mary. He himself described his more distant forebears as 'among the Scotch colonists who made ...

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Horwood, Sir William Thomas Francis (1868–1943), army officer and police administrator, was born in November 1868, the youngest son of Charles Horwood of the Manor House, Broadwater, Sussex. At twenty he was commissioned into the 5th lancers, serving as recruiting officer and adjutant for the ...

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Rowan, Sir Charles (1782?–1852), army officer and police officer, was born in co. Antrim, the fifth son of Robert Rowan (1754–1832) of Garry, co. Antrim, and North Lodge, Carrickfergus, and Mary, daughter of Hill Wilson of Purdysburn, co. Down. Field Marshal Sir William Rowan...

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Sillitoe, Sir Percy Joseph (1888–1962), police officer and intelligence officer, was born at Tulse Hill, London, on 22 May 1888, the second son and second child of Joseph Henry Sillitoe, average adjuster, and his wife, Bertha Leontine Smith. There was also a younger sister. The family suffered from the improvidence of ...

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Warren, Sir Charles (1840–1927), army officer, police commissioner, and archaeologist, was born on 7 February 1840 at Fairview House, Bangor, Caernarvonshire, the second son of Major-General Sir Charles Warren (1798–1866) and his first wife, Mary Anne (d. 1846), daughter of William Hughes...

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Whitmore, Sir George Stoddart (1829–1903), army officer and police officer in New Zealand, was born in Malta on 30 May 1829, the son of Lieutenant (later Major) George St Vincent Whitmore RE and his wife, Isabella Maxwell, the daughter of Sir John Stoddart...