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Humphreys, Leslie Alexander Francis Longmore (1904–1976), organizer of resistance and Foreign Office official, was born in Budapest on 4 July 1904, the younger child and only son of Richard John Edward Humphreys and his wife, Elizabeth Agnes Lyons. His father, a musician who went first to ...

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Jackson, Margaret Wallace (1917–2013), Special Operations Executive secretary and civil servant, was born on 15 January 1917 at 18 Marlborough Place, St John's Wood, London, the second of the four daughters of Thomas Frame (Tom) Jackson (1886–1934), manager of the Atlas Light and Power Company...

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Maberly, William Leader (1798–1885), army officer and civil servant, was born on 7 May 1798, probably at Shirley House, Surrey, the son of John Maberly (d. c.1832) and Mary Rose, daughter of William Leader, coachmaker to the prince of Wales. His father was a manufacturer and ...

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Sir Wilfrid Bliss Spender (1876–1960) by Lafayette, 1929 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Spender, Sir Wilfrid Bliss (1876–1960), army officer and civil servant, was born in London on 6 October 1876, the last of the five children of Edward Spender (1834–1878) and his wife, Ellen Rendle. His father was co-founder of the Western Morning News in ...