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Holmes, (Edward) Richard (1946–2011), military historian and army reserve officer, was born on 29 March 1946 at The Hollies, Little Hardwick Road, Aldridge, Staffordshire, the only child of Edward William Holmes, manager of an engineering works, and his wife, Helen, née Jacques. His father bequeathed him a love of books and antiques (especially antique weapons), and of the countryside, and from his mother, descended from Huguenots, he derived his love of ...

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Madden, Sir George Allan (1771–1828), army officer in the British and Portuguese services, was born on 3 January 1771 in London, the eighth son and youngest child of James Madden of Cole Hill House, Fulham, Middlesex. He was baptized at St Martin-in-the-Fields, London...