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William Harold Coltman (1891–1974) by unknown photographer The Staffordshire Regiment Museum

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Coltman, William Harold (1891–1974), soldier and gardener, was born at The Common, Tatenhill, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, on 17 November 1891, the fourth son of Charles Coltman (1851/2–1903), gardener's labourer, and his wife, Annie, née Gopsill. He left school aged thirteen, and helped his mother to support the family after his father's death, working as a journeyman market gardener. On 8 January 1913 he married, at Burton upon Trent record office, ...

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Sir William George Shedden Dobbie (1879–1964) by Walter Stoneman, 1942 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Dobbie, Sir William George Shedden (1879–1964), army officer and colonial governor, was born on 12 July 1879 in Madras, the younger child and only son of William Herbert Dobbie, of the Indian Civil Service, and his wife and first cousin, (Agatha) Margaret, only child of ...

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Wingate, Orde Charles (1903–1944), army officer, was born on 26 February 1903 at Naini Tal in the United Provinces, India. He was the third child, and eldest son, of Colonel George Wingate (1852–1936), an officer in the Indian army, and his wife, (Mary) Ethel (1867–1943)...

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Orde Charles Wingate (1903–1944) by unknown photographer The Trustees of the Imperial War Museum, London