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Atkinson, Sir Robert (1916–2015), naval officer and businessman, was born on 7 March 1916 at 33 Linskill Street, Tynemouth, the younger son of Nicholas Ridley (1882–1944), a builder who was then serving as a private in the Royal Marines, and his wife ...

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William Avery Bishop (1894–1956) by William Rider-Rider, 1917 National Archives of Canada / PA-001654

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Bishop, William Avery [Billy] (1894–1956), air force officer and businessman in Canada, was born at Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada, on 8 February 1894, the third of four children of William Avery Bishop, lawyer, and his wife, Margaret Louise Green (b. c.1855)...

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Brodie, John Leopold [formerly Leopold Janno Braude] (1873–1945), businessman and inventor, was by his own account born in Riga (at that time in the Russian empire) on 10 June 1873, the son of a railway builder (Buffalo Courier Express, 22 August 1926...

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Buckmaster, Maurice James (1902–1992), intelligence officer and businessman, was born on 11 January 1902 at Ravenhill, Brereton, Staffordshire, the son of Henry James Buckmaster (c.1857–1943), brewer, and his wife, Eva Matilda, née Nason (b. c.1868). He was educated at ...

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Maurice James Buckmaster (1902–1992) by unknown photographer © News International Newspapers Ltd.

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Chandler, Sir Geoffrey (1922–2011), special operations officer, businessman, and human rights campaigner, was born on 15 November 1922 at 4 Downshire Hill, Hampstead, London, the son of Frederick George Chandler (1886–1942), senior physician to the London Chest Hospital and one of the leading chest physicians of his day, and his wife, ...

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Forbes, Dame (Katherine) Jane Trefusis [married name Dame (Katherine) Jane Watson-Watt] (1899–1971), businesswoman and director of the Women's Auxiliary Air Force, was born on 21 March 1899 in the Chilean desert, the youngest of three children, and the second daughter, of Edmund Batten Forbes (1847–1924)...

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Dame (Katherine) Jane Trefusis Forbes (1899–1971) by Thomas Cantrell Dugdale, 1941 © reserved; photograph courtesy of the Trustees of the Royal Air Force Museum

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Hare, Alan Victor (1919–1995), army intelligence officer and businessman, was born at 14 Bryanston Square, London, on 14 March 1919, the fourth of the four sons and six children of Richard Granville Hare, Viscount Ennismore and later fourth earl of Listowel (1866–1931), who listed his occupation as 'big game hunter', and his wife, ...

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Hozier, Sir Henry Montague (1838–1907), army officer and business administrator, was born on 20 March 1838, at St Enoch's Hall, Bothwell, Lanarkshire, fifth son of James Hozier (1791–1878), landowner and barrister, later of Newlands, Glasgow, and Mauldslie Castle, Lanarkshire, and his wife, Catherine Margaret (...

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George Patrick John Rushworth Jellicoe, second Earl Jellicoe and Baron Jellicoe of Southampton (1918–2007) by Elliott & Fry, 1962 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Jellicoe, George Patrick John Rushworth, second Earl Jellicoe and Baron Jellicoe of Southampton (1918–2007), army officer, politician, and businessman, was born on 4 November 1918 at Holwell House, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, the only son of John Rushworth Jellicoe, Viscount Jellicoe of Scapa, later first Earl Jellicoe...

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Johnson, Henry James [Jim] (1924–2008), army officer and businessman, was born on 21 December 1924 at 36 Royal Avenue, Chelsea, London, the son of Paul Manuel Johnson and his wife, Dorothy Maud, née Bird. His father was a Ceylon tea planter who was rumoured to have worked in intelligence in ...

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Johnson, James Edgar [Johnnie] (1915–2001), air force officer and businessman, was born on 9 March 1915 in Warner Street, Barrow upon Soar, Leicestershire, the son of Alfred Edward Johnson, policeman, and his wife, Beatrice May, née Rossell. He was educated at Loughborough School...

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Macpherson, Sir (Ronald) Thomas Stewart (1920–2014), army officer, sportsman, and businessman, was born at Edgebrook, 13 East Fettes Avenue, Edinburgh, on 4 October 1920, the youngest child in the family of five sons and two daughters of Sir (Thomas) Stewart Macpherson...

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Mountbatten, George Louis Victor Henry Sergius, second marquess of Milford Haven (1892–1938), naval officer and businessman, was born at Darmstadt on 6 November 1892 as Prince George of Battenberg, third child and elder son of Prince Louis Alexander of Battenberg (1854–1921), later Louis Mountbatten, ...

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North, Roger (1588–1652/3), soldier and projector of the Amazon Company, was the third child of Sir John North (c. 1550–1597), of Kirtling, Cambridgeshire, soldier and politician, and his wife, Dorothy, daughter of Sir Valentine Dale. Roger North, second Baron North, was his grandfather, and ...

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Palmer, (Charles) Alan Salier (1913–1990), intelligence officer and businessman, was born on 23 October 1913 at Shinfield Grange, Shinfield, Berkshire, the only son of Sir (Charles) Eric Palmer (1883–1948), a former chairman of Huntley and Palmers, and his wife, Gwenllian Salier, second daughter of ...

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Pateman, Jack Edward (1921–2004), aviation engineer and businessman, was born on 29 November 1921 in West Somerton, Norfolk, the son of William Edward Pateman, head gamekeeper, and his wife, Lucy Varley, née Jetten. After attending Great Yarmouth grammar school he served in the ...