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Bidwell, (Reginald George) Shelford (1913–1996), army officer and military historian, was born on 12 August 1913 at Brooklyn, Sydenham Avenue, Beckenham, Kent, the son of an Indian army officer, Lieutenant-Colonel Reginald Frank Bidwell (1868–1936), and his wife, Mabel Alice Graves, née Petley (1878–1948)...

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Chesney, Charles Cornwallis (1826–1876), army officer and military historian, was a nephew of General Francis Rawdon Chesney, in whose house he was born, and to whom he owed his first advance in life. He was the son of another Charles Cornwallis Chesney (1791–1830)...

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Chichester, Henry Manners (1832–1894), army officer and military historian, born in London, was son of a barrister of Lincoln's Inn. He entered the army in 1853 and became lieutenant in the 85th regiment (the Shropshire light infantry). For ten years he served abroad with the regiment, chiefly at ...

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Drinkwater, John [later John Drinkwater Bethune] (1762–1844), army officer and military historian, was born at Latchford, near Warrington, on 9 June 1762, the eldest son of John Drinkwater, a medical practitioner at Salford (then a suburb of Manchester) and formerly a ...

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John Gurwood (1790–1845) by William Salter, 1834–40 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Gurwood, John (1790–1845), army officer and editor of Wellington's dispatches, was the second son of one Gurwood; his widowed mother married H. Okey. He started work in an office, but after an unrequited love affair entered the army as ensign in the 52nd light infantry...

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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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Jackson, Sir William Godfrey Fothergill [Bill] (1917–1999), army officer and military historian, was born on 28 August 1917 at Blackpool, the only son and elder of the two children of Colonel Albert Jackson (1887–1956), an officer in the Royal Army Medical Corps, and his wife, ...

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Malleson, George Bruce (1825–1898), army officer and military historian, born in London on 8 May 1825, was the second son of John Malleson of Wimbledon and Lucy (née Nesbitt), whose father was colonial secretary in the Bahamas. He was educated at Wimbledon...

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Siborne [Siborn], William (1797–1849), army officer and military historian, was the son of Captain Benjamin Siborn of the 9th (East Norfolk) regiment, who was wounded at the battle of the Nivelle in the Peninsular War, and died while serving with his regiment at ...