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Benson, Sir Reginald Lindsay [Rex] (1889–1968), army officer and merchant banker, was born on 20 August 1889 at 16 South Street, Mayfair, London, the second of the five children of Robert Henry Benson (1850–1929), merchant banker and art collector, and his wife, Evelyn Mary (1856–1943)...

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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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Dawnay, Guy Payan (1878–1952), army officer and merchant banker, was born on 23 March 1878 at St James's Palace, London, the eldest child of Lieutenant-Colonel the Hon. Lewis Payan Dawnay (1846–1910), MP for Thirsk and Malton from 1880 to 1892, of Beningbrough Hall, Yorkshire...

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Escott, Bickham Aldred Cowan Sweet- (1907–1981), special operations officer and banker, was born in Newport, Monmouthshire, on 6 June 1907, the eldest of four children (two sons and two daughters) of Aldred Bickham Sweet-Escott, marine engineer of Newport and Bristol, 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, Sir Frank William Frederick (1866–1943), entrepreneur and army officer, was born at Watlington, near Downham Market, Norfolk, on 21 June 1866, the son of Frederick William Johnson (bap. 1819, d. 1879) MRCS LSA, general practitioner of Watlington—the son of William Johnson...

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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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Kindersley, Hugh Kenyon Molesworth, second Baron Kindersley (1899–1976), merchant banker and soldier, was born at 20 Egerton Terrace, London, on 7 May 1899, the second son and second child in the family of four sons and two daughters of Robert Molesworth Kindersley, first Baron Kindersley...

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Lawrence, Sir Herbert Alexander (1861–1943), army officer and banker, was born on 8 August 1861 at Southgate, London, the fourth son of Sir John Laird Mair Lawrence, later first Baron Lawrence (1811–1879), viceroy of India, 1864–9, and his wife, Harriette Katherine (1820–1917), daughter of the ...

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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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Maude, Francis Cornwallis (1828–1900), army officer and entrepreneur, was born on 28 October 1828 at Sussex Place, Regent's Park, London, the eldest son of Francis Maude (1798–1886), a captain in the Royal Navy and the youngest son of Cornwallis Maude, first Viscount Hawarden in the Irish peerage...

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Maxwell, Sir Arthur (1875–1935), banker and army officer, was born in Belfast, the son of William Maxwell. He was educated in Dublin and entered the civil service in 1893, and then transferred to the Post Office. In 1901 he married Eva, younger daughter of ...

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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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Peel, Sir Sidney Cornwallis, baronet (1870–1938), soldier and financier, was born on 3 June 1870, at 70 Eaton Place, Pimlico, London, the third son of Arthur Wellesley Peel, first Viscount Peel (1829–1912), and his wife, Adelaide (d. 1890), daughter of William Stratford Dugdale...

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Philipps, Sir Ivor (1861–1940), army officer and businessman, was born on 9 September 1861 at the vicarage in Warminster, the second of six sons of James Erasmus Philipps, twelfth baronet (1824–1912), vicar of Warminster, and his wife, Mary Margaret (d. 1913), eldest daughter of ...

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Sir Ivor Philipps (1861–1940) by Walter Stoneman, 1918 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Robins, Thomas Ellis, Baron Robins (1884–1962), businessman and soldier, was born on 31 October 1884 in Philadelphia, USA, the son of Major Robert P. Robins of the United States Army, and his wife, Mary, daughter of Thomas de la Roche Ellis. He was educated privately and at the ...

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Stradling, Sir Edward, second baronet (bap. 1600, d. 1644), speculator and royalist army officer, was baptized at St Donat's Church, St Donats, Glamorgan, on 9 November 1600, the eldest son of Sir John Stradling, first baronet (1563–1637) of St Donats and his wife, ...