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

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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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Forbes, Dame (Katherine) Jane Trefusis [married name Dame (Katherine) Jane Watson-Watt] (1899–1971), businesswoman and director of the Women's Auxiliary Air Force, was born on 21 March 1899 in the Chilean desert, the youngest of three children, and the second daughter, of Edmund Batten Forbes (1847–1924)...

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Dame (Katherine) Jane Trefusis Forbes (1899–1971) by Thomas Cantrell Dugdale, 1941 © reserved; photograph courtesy of the Trustees of the Royal Air Force Museum

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Hare, Alan Victor (1919–1995), army intelligence officer and businessman, was born at 14 Bryanston Square, London, on 14 March 1919, the fourth of the four sons and six children of Richard Granville Hare, Viscount Ennismore and later fourth earl of Listowel (1866–1931), who listed his occupation as 'big game hunter', and his wife, ...