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Crawford, John Scott (1889–1978), army officer and military supplies administrator, was born on 6 February 1889 at 13 Clifton Road, West Derby, Lancashire, the son of John Paton Crawford, an assistant manager at a marine engine works, and his wife, Ellen Edith Scott...

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Purvis, Arthur Blaikie (1890–1941), industrialist and buyer of war supplies, was born in London on 31 March 1890, the son of William Blaikie Purvis, a commercial clerk, of Perth, Scotland, and his wife, Annie Maria Baker. He was educated at Tottenham grammar school...

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Zaharoff, Basil [formerly Zacharias Basileios Zacharoff] (1849–1936), arms dealer, was born on 6 October 1849 at Muğla, Anatolia, the only son and eldest of the four children of Basilius Zacharoff (d. 1878) of Constantinople, a notary, commodity dealer, and importer of attar of roses, and his (reportedly blind) wife, ...

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Basil Zaharoff (1849–1936) by unknown photographer © reserved; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London