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Beaton, (Donald) Leonard (1929–1971), journalist and strategic analyst, was born on 20 June 1929 in Montreal, the son of John W. Beaton. He was educated in Montreal, at Westmount high school, and at McGill University, where he took an honours degree in economics and in political science. In 1950 he entered ...

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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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Patrick Maynard Stuart Blackett, Baron Blackett (1897–1974) by Lucia Moholy, 1936 © Lucia Moholy

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Buchan, Alastair Francis (1918–1976), writer on strategic and international affairs, was born at 76 Portland Place, London, on 9 September 1918, the third son and the fourth and youngest child of John Buchan, first Baron Tweedsmuir (1875–1940), and his wife, Susan Charlotte (1882–1977)...

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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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Sir James Eric Sydney Skelton Cable (1920–2001) by unknown photographer, 1975 Universal Pictorial Press

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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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George Sydenham Clarke, Baron Sydenham of Combe (1848–1933) by Lafayette, 1927 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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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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Sir John Charles Ready Colomb (1838–1909) by Bassano, c. 1894 © National Portrait Gallery, London