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Benson, Sir Reginald Lindsay [Rex] (1889–1968), army officer and merchant banker, was born on 20 August 1889 at 16 South Street, Mayfair, London, the second of the five children of Robert Henry Benson (1850–1929), merchant banker and art collector, and his wife, Evelyn Mary (1856–1943)...

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Bevan, John Henry (1894–1978), intelligence officer and stockbroker, was born on 5 April 1894, at 4 Lower Berkeley Street, London, the younger son of David Augustus Bevan (1856–1937), stockbroker, and his wife, the Hon. Dame Maude Elizabeth Bevan (1856–1944). Educated at Eton College...

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William Avery Bishop (1894–1956) by William Rider-Rider, 1917 National Archives of Canada / PA-001654

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Bishop, William Avery [Billy] (1894–1956), air force officer and businessman in Canada, was born at Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada, on 8 February 1894, the third of four children of William Avery Bishop, lawyer, and his wife, Margaret Louise Green (b. c.1855)...

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Brodie, John Leopold [formerly Leopold Janno Braude] (1873–1945), businessman and inventor, was by his own account born in Riga (at that time in the Russian empire) on 10 June 1873, the son of a railway builder (Buffalo Courier Express, 22 August 1926...

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Buckmaster, Maurice James (1902–1992), intelligence officer and businessman, was born on 11 January 1902 at Ravenhill, Brereton, Staffordshire, the son of Henry James Buckmaster (c.1857–1943), brewer, and his wife, Eva Matilda, née Nason (b. c.1868). He was educated at ...

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Maurice James Buckmaster (1902–1992) by unknown photographer © News International Newspapers Ltd.

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Casson, John (1909–1999), naval officer and management consultant, was born on 28 October 1909 at 75 St George's Square, Pimlico, London, the first of the four children of Sir Lewis Thomas Casson (1875–1969), the actor–manager, and his wife, Dame (Agnes) Sybil Thorndike (1882–1976)...

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Chandler, Sir Geoffrey (1922–2011), special operations officer, businessman, and human rights campaigner, was born on 15 November 1922 at 4 Downshire Hill, Hampstead, London, the son of Frederick George Chandler (1886–1942), senior physician to the London Chest Hospital and one of the leading chest physicians of his day, and his wife, ...

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Dawnay, Guy Payan (1878–1952), army officer and merchant banker, was born on 23 March 1878 at St James's Palace, London, the eldest child of Lieutenant-Colonel the Hon. Lewis Payan Dawnay (1846–1910), MP for Thirsk and Malton from 1880 to 1892, of Beningbrough Hall, Yorkshire...