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Anderson, Alfred (1896–2005), joiner and soldier, was born on 25 June 1896 at 20 Kinloch Street, Dundee, the third son of Andrew Anderson (1864–1945) and his wife, Christina, née Emmerson (1868–1945). His parents had emigrated to Chicago, Illinois, and were married there in 1888. However, nostalgia for ...

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H. M. Chichester

revised by S. Kinross

Barrallier, Francis Louis (1773–1853), army officer and surveyor, was the son of a French surveyor, who after the capture of Toulon in 1793 was employed by the British. Barrallier was permitted to go to New South Wales with the new governor, Captain P. G. King RN...

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Batty, Robert (1788/9–1848), army officer and artist, was born in London, son of the obstetric physician, medical journal editor, and amateur artist Dr Robert Batty (1762/3–1849). After attending school in Kirkby Lonsdale, Westmorland, and in London, at the age of fifteen he travelled to ...

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Blair, Claude (1922–2010), museum curator and scholar of arms and armour, was born on 30 November 1922 at Westonby, Edge Lane, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester, the only child of William Henry Murray Blair (1875–1945), cotton-goods salesman, and his wife, Lilian, née Wearing (1891–1983). At the time of his birth his parents lived at ...

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Michael Kitson

revised by Miranda Carter

Blunt, Anthony Frederick (1907–1983), art historian and spy, was born at Holy Trinity vicarage, Bournemouth, Hampshire, on 26 September 1907, the third and youngest son (there were no daughters) of the Revd (Arthur) Stanley Vaughan Blunt (1870–1929) and his wife, Hilda Violet (1880–1969)...

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Anthony Frederick Blunt (1907–1983) by Snowdon, 1963 Snowdon / Camera Press, London

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Brierly, Sir Oswald Walters (1817–1894), marine painter and naval engineer, was born at Chester on 19 May 1817, the son of Dr Thomas Brierly (d. in or before 1872), a physician and amateur artist. After schooling in Chester, he became a pupil at ...

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Sir Oswald Walters Brierly (1817–1894) by unknown engraver, pubd 1887 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Broome, John Egerton [Jack] (1901–1985), naval officer and illustrator, was born in Seattle, Washington, USA, on 23 February 1901, the younger child and only son of Louis Egerton Broome (1875–1951), an explorer, and his wife, Clara Kathleen Lake (1863–1948). His grandfather was Sir Frederick Napier Broome (1842–1896)...

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B. H. L. Hart

revised by Roger T. Stearn

Brown, Sir John (1880–1958), architect and army officer, was born in Northampton on 10 February 1880, the elder son of John Brown, a clicker, later a licensed victualler and an alderman, of Abington, Northampton, and his wife, Kate Davis (née Allen). He was educated at ...

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Brown, John (bap. 1756?, d. 1816), military engineer and artist, was the second son of George Brown, an Aberdeenshire land surveyor, and Barbara, née May. He was probably baptized in Perth on 20 November 1756. Nothing is known of his education or early life; but he must have trained as a surveyor. He went at an early age to ...

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Burgh, Thomas (1670–1730), military engineer and architect, was the third son of Ulysses Burgh (d. 1692) of Drumkeen, co. Limerick, dean of Emly and later bishop of Ardagh, and Mary, daughter of William Kingsmill of Ballibeg, co. Cork. After education at Delany's school...

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Callender, Sir Geoffrey Arthur Romaine (1875–1946), naval historian and museum director, was born at Didsbury, Manchester, on 25 November 1875, the elder son of Arthur William Callender, cotton mill owner, and his wife, Agnes Louisa, daughter of the Revd George Stephen Woodgate, vicar of ...

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William Cavendish, first duke of Newcastle upon Tyne (bap. 1593, d. 1676) by Abraham van Diepenbeck [with Bolsover Castle in the background] © Copyright The British Museum

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Cavendish, William, first duke of Newcastle upon Tyne (bap. 1593, d. 1676), writer, patron, and royalist army officer, was born at Handsworth Manor, Yorkshire, and was baptized in the parish on 16 December 1593. He was the second of three children, the first having died in infancy, of ...

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Cockburn, James Pattison (1779–1847), army officer and watercolour painter, was born on 18 March 1779 in New York, the son of Colonel John Cockburn and his wife, Mary, daughter of Colonel Sir James Cockburn. He entered the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, as a cadet on 19 March 1793, and passed out, as a second lieutenant, ...

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Crealock, Henry Hope (1831–1891), army officer, artist, and author, born on 31 March 1831, was the son of William Betton Crealock of Langeston, Littleham, near Bideford. Crealock entered Rugby School in February 1844. He was commissioned in the 90th light infantry on 13 October 1848, and promoted lieutenant on 24 December 1852 and captain on 29 December 1854. On 5 December 1854 he landed at ...

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John North Crealock (1836–1895) by unknown engraver © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Crealock, John North (1836–1895), army officer and artist, was born on 21 May 1836, the second son of William Betton Crealock of Langeston, Littleham, near Bideford. Educated at Rugby School, he was commissioned as ensign in the 95th (Derbyshire) regiment on 13 October 1854 and promoted lieutenant on 9 February 1855. From May 1855 to June 1856 he was inspector of musketry at ...