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Baissac, Claude Marc Boucherville de (1907–1974), special operations officer, was born on 28 February 1907 at Curepipe, Mauritius, the younger son and youngest of three children of Marie Louis Marc de Boucherville Baissac and his wife, Marie Louise Jeannette Dupont. His father was a British subject of French origin and represented the ...

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Brooks, Anthony Morris [Tony] (1922–2007), special operations and intelligence officer, was born on 4 April 1922 at The Cottage, Orsett, Essex, the son of Douglas Charles Morris Brooks, construction engineer and businessman, and his wife, Beryl, née Anderson. His father had undertaken secret missions during the First World War, though ...

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Anthony Morris Brooks (1922–2007) by unknown photographer © reserved

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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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Churchill, Peter Morland (1909–1972), special operations officer, was born in Amsterdam on 14 January 1909, the eldest of four children (three sons and a daughter) of William Algernon Churchill, British consul there, who ten years later was consul-general in Milan, and his wife, ...

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Peter Morland Churchill (1909–1972) by Mark Gerson, 1954 © Mark Gerson; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Clark, Sir Robert Anthony [Bob] (1924–2013), special operations officer, solicitor, and businessman, was born at 29 Chandos Road, East Finchley, London, on 6 January 1924, the younger son of John Anthony (Jack) Clark, mechanical engineer, and his wife, Gladys Evelyn Mary, née Dyer (1891–1970)...

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D’Artois [née Butt], Sonia Esmée Florence [Toni] (1924–2014), Special Operations Executive agent, was born Sonia Juliet Esme Butt at Charnwood, Eastchurch, on the Isle of Sheppey, Kent, on 14 May 1924, the third child and younger daughter of Leslie Acton Kingsford Butt...

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Deakin, Sir (Frederick) William Dampier [Bill] (1913–2005), special operations officer, historian, and college head, was born on 3 July 1913 at 30 Temple Gardens, Golders Green, London, the elder son of Albert Whitney Deakin, motor engineer and farmer, and his wife, Bertha Mildred, ...

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Sir (Frederick) William Dampier Deakin (1913–2005) by Bassano, 1961 © National Portrait Gallery, London