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Ainslie, George Robert (1776–1839), army officer and numismatist, was born near Edinburgh, the eldest son of Sir Philip Ainslie and his wife, the Hon. Elizabeth Gray, fifth daughter of John, twelfth Lord Gray. He entered the army as an ensign in the 19th regiment...

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Raymond Asquith (1878–1916) by Malcolm Arbuthnot, c. 1915 Raymond Asquith

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Asquith, Raymond (1878–1916), scholar and army officer, was born on 6 November 1878 in John Street, Hampstead, the eldest of the five children of Herbert Henry Asquith (1852–1928), later prime minister and first earl of Oxford and Asquith, and his first wife, Helen (...

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Beamish, North Ludlow (1797–1872), army officer, writer, and antiquary, was the third son of William Beamish of Beaumont House, co. Cork, and his wife, Anne Jane Margaret, daughter of Robert De-la-Cour of Short Castle, co. Cork. The family claimed descent from one of the followers of ...

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Blunden, Edmund Charles (1896–1974), poet and university teacher, was born on 1 November 1896 at 54A Tottenham Court Road, London, the eldest of the nine children (five sons and four daughters) of Charles Edmund Blunden (1871–1951) and his wife, Georgina Margaret (1868–1967), daughter of ...

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Edmund Charles Blunden (1896–1974) by Ralph Hodgson, 1921 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Sir James Handyside Marshall- Cornwall (1887–1985) by Walter Stoneman, 1936 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Cornwall, Sir James Handyside Marshall- (1887–1985), army officer and linguist, was born in India on 27 May 1887, the only son and elder child of James Cornwall, postmaster-general of the United Provinces, India, and his wife, Agnes Hunter. He was educated at Rugby School...

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Cust, Sir Edward, baronet (1794–1878), army officer, historian, and politician, sixth son of Brownlow Cust, first Baron Brownlow (1744–1807), and his second wife, Frances (1756–1847), née Bankes, and brother of John Cust, first Earl Brownlow, was born at 30 Hill Street, Berkeley Square, London...

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Donnelly, Sir John Fretcheville Dykes (1834–1902), army officer and promoter of scientific education, born in the Bay of Bombay on 2 July 1834, was the only child of Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas Donnelly (1802–1881), deputy adjutant-general of the Bombay army, and from 1851 staff captain and afterwards staff officer at the ...

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Duleep Singh, Prince Frederick Victor (1868–1926), army officer and antiquarian, was born on 23 January 1868 at 99 Onslow Square, Kensington, London, the third son and third of seven children of Duleep Singh (1838–1893), the former maharaja of Lahore, deposed following the conquest of the ...

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Fox, Charles Richard (1796–1873), army officer and numismatist, eldest child of Henry Richard Vassall Fox, third Baron Holland (1773–1840), and Elizabeth Vassall Fox (1771?–1845), daughter of Richard Vassall, was born on 6 November 1796 at Brompton Park House, London, eight months before his mother's divorce from ...

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Fox, Sir (George) Malcolm (1843–1918), army officer and advocate of physical training, was born at 7 Wardwick, Derby, on 4 March 1843, younger son of Douglas Fox (1798–1885), surgeon (elder brother of Sir Charles Fox, 1810–1879, civil engineer), and his wife, Marianne (1814–1898)...

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Fraser, Sir David William (1920–2012), army officer, historian, and novelist, was born on 30 December 1920 at Far End, Camberley, Surrey, the elder son of William Fraser (1890–1964), then a major in the Gordon Highlanders, later a brigadier in the Grenadier Guards, and his wife, ...

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Sir John Bagot Glubb (1897–1986) by Howard Coster, 1954 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Glubb, Sir John Bagot [known as Abu Hunaik; called Glubb Pasha] (1897–1986), army officer and Arabist, was born on 16 April 1897 in Preston, Lancashire, the only son and younger child of Sir Frederic Manley Glubb, a major in the Royal Engineers...

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Harding, William (1792–1886), antiquary and army officer, third son of Robert Harding (d. 1804) of Upcott, Pilton, Barnstaple, Devon, and his wife, Dionisia, daughter of Sir Bourchier Wrey, bt, of Tawstock, was born on 16 August 1792. He was educated at Blundell's School, Tiverton...

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Henderson, George Francis Robert (1854–1903), army officer, historian, and military writer, was born on 2 June 1854 in St Helier, Jersey, the eldest of the fourteen children of William George Henderson (1819–1905), from 1884 dean of Carlisle, and his wife, Jane Melville (...

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Hunter, George Orby (1773?–1843), army officer and translator, was possibly the illegitimate son of Captain Charles Orby Hunter (d. 1791), of Croyland Abbey, Lincolnshire, his mother possibly being his father's French mistress. The Orby baronetcy, created in 1658, expired in 1724; other forms of this ancient name were ...

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