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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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Sir Robert Anderson (1841–1918) by James Russell & Sons © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Challenor, Harold Gordon [Harry; Tanky] (1922–2008), soldier and police officer, was born on 16 March 1922 at 3 Caledonia Street, Bradley, near Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, the second of five children of Thomas Henry Challenor, then working in an iron foundry, and his wife, Ellen, ...

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Henderson, Sir Edmund Yeamans Walcott (1821–1896), army officer and police officer, son of Vice-Admiral George Henderson, Royal Navy, of Middle Deal, Kent, and of his wife, Frances Elizabeth, daughter of Edmund Walcott-Sympson of Winkton, Hampshire, was born on 19 April 1821 at Muddiford...

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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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Sir William Thomas Francis Horwood (1868–1943) by Lafayette, 1928 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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McHardy, John Bunch Bonnemaison (1801–1882), naval and police officer, was born at New Providence, Bahamas, on 3 December 1801, the only surviving son of Robert McHardy, who had emigrated from Braemar to join his brother in business, and his wife, Mary Dean, née...

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Melville, William (1850–1918), police officer and intelligence officer, was born in Sneem, co. Kerry, Ireland, on 25 April 1850, the eldest of three sons of James Melville, tenant farmer, and his wife, Catherine, née O'Connor. After attending the local Christian Brothers' school until the age of fifteen he worked for his father, who was then a baker and publican in ...

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O'Halloran, Thomas Shuldham (1797–1870), army officer and police chief in Australia, was born on 25 October 1797 at Berhampore, India, the second son of Major-General Sir Joseph O'Halloran (1763–1843) and his wife, Frances (1773–1835), the daughter of Colonel Nicholas Bayly and the niece of the ...

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Petrie, Sir David (1879–1961), police officer in India and head of the security service, was born on 9 September 1879 at Inveravon, Banffshire, the second surviving son of Thomas Petrie, master millwright, and his wife, Jane Allan. After taking an MA degree at ...