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Anderson, Sir William (1835–1898), director-general of the Royal Ordnance factories, was born in St Petersburg on 5 January 1835, the fourth son of John Anderson, a member of the firm of Matthews, Anderson & Co., bankers and merchants of St Petersburg, and his wife, ...

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Anthony, Anthony (d. 1563), military administrator, was the son of William Anthony (d. 1535), a Fleming who was made denizen in 1503, and his wife, Joan. William was a citizen and brewer of London; his premises, The Ship in East Smithfield, passed to ...

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Apsley, Sir Allen (1566/7–1630), naval and military administrator, was a younger son of John Apsley of Pulborough, Sussex, and of his wife, Elizabeth (née Shelley). His daughter, Lucy Hutchinson, portrayed him as coming to court as a young man, losing heavily at gaming, and enlisting with the navy victualler in the ...

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Bertie, Charles (1640/41–1711), diplomat and treasurer of the ordnance, was the fifth son of Montague Bertie, second earl of Lindsey (1607/8–1666), and his first wife, Martha (bap. 1605, d. 1641), daughter of Sir William Cokayne of Rushton, Northamptonshire, and the widow of ...

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H. M. Chichester

revised by David Gates

Bisset, Sir John (1774–1854), commissariat officer, was born in Perth. He served in the commissariat (the civil department, which provided the army with transport, food, and forage, and kept the stores) in Britain from 1795 to 1800, in Germany from May 1800 to June 1802, in ...

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T. F. Henderson

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Busk, Hans, the younger (1815–1882), army reformer, the son of Hans Busk (1772–1862) and his wife, Maria, daughter of Joseph Green, was born in London on 11 May 1815. Rachel Harriette Busk and Julia Clara Byrne were his sisters. He was educated at ...

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Sir William Clarke (1623/44–1666) by Samuel Cooper © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Clarke, Sir William (1623/4–1666), military administrator, was born of unknown parentage, probably in London. His year of birth is calculated from his epitaph in St Nicholas's Church, Harwich, which states that he died in his forty-third year. He appears to have had a brother, ...

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H. M. Chichester

revised by James Lunt

Coffin, Sir Edward Pine (1784–1862), commissary officer, youngest son of the Revd John Pine (1736–1824) [see Coffin, John Pine], was born at Eastdown, Devon, on 20 October 1784. He entered the commissariat as clerk on 25 July 1805, and was made acting assistant in 1806, assistant commissary-general in 1809, deputy commissary-general in 1814, and commissary-general on 1 July 1840. He served at the ...

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Cohen, Sir (Benn) Jack Brunel (1886–1965), campaigner for former servicemen, was born at Ethelstone, Alexandra Drive, Toxteth Park, Liverpool, on 5 October 1886, the sixth son of nine children (one of whom did not survive infancy) of Louis Samuel Cohen (1844/5–1922) and his wife, ...