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Sir (Frederick) William Dampier Deakin (1913–2005) by Bassano, 1961 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Deakin, Sir (Frederick) William Dampier [Bill] (1913–2005), special operations officer, historian, and college head, was born on 3 July 1913 at 30 Temple Gardens, Golders Green, London, the elder son of Albert Whitney Deakin, motor engineer and farmer, and his wife, Bertha Mildred, ...

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Fermor, Sir Patrick Michael [Paddy] Leigh (1915–2011), special operations officer and author, was born on 11 February 1915 at 20 Endsleigh Gardens, Bloomsbury, London, the younger child and only son of Sir Lewis Leigh Fermor (1880–1954), geologist, and his first wife, Muriel Aileen (otherwise Eileen or Æileen), ...

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Sir Patrick Michael Leigh Fermor (1915–2011) by Joan Leigh Fermor, 1946 © Patrick Fermor Archive, Trustees of the National Library of Scotland

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Harry Alfred Rée (1914–1991) by unknown photographer © News International Newspapers Ltd

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Rée, Harry Alfred (1914–1991), resistance fighter and educationist, was born on 15 October 1914 at 15 Mauldeth Road, Withington, Manchester, the youngest of eight children of Alfred Rée, chemical manufacturer, and his wife, Lavinia Elizabeth, née Dimmick, an American and a member of the ...