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Bartlett, Ellis Ashmead- (1881–1931), war correspondent, was born at 57 Grosvenor Street, London, on 11 February 1881, the eldest son of Sir Ellis Ashmead Bartlett (1849–1902), a Conservative MP, and his wife, Frances Christina, née Walsh (1851/2–1929). The family mixed in and scandalized high society. His uncle ...

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Ellis Ashmead- Bartlett (1881–1931) by George Charles Beresford, 1909 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Cruso, John (fl. 1595–1655), poet and military writer, was born in Norwich before 1595, the son of John Cruso, a cloth merchant and church elder, and his wife, Jane Verlincke. His parents had fled Hondschote in Flanders during the 1570s or 1580s. As the eldest son, ...

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Falls, Cyril Bentham (1888–1971), military historian and journalist, was born in Dublin on 2 March 1888, the elder son in the family of three children of Sir Charles Fausset Falls (1860–1936), who represented Fermanagh and Tyrone at Westminster from 1924 to 1929, and his wife, ...

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Gillard, Francis George [Frank] (1908–1998), broadcaster and war correspondent, was born on 1 December 1908 at 20 Silver Street, Tiverton, Devon, the elder child and only son of Francis Henry Gillard (c.1880–1953), master butcher, and his wife, Emily Jane, née Burridge (1882–1958)...

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Keegan, Sir John Desmond Patrick (1934–2012), military historian and journalist, was born on 15 May 1934 at 18a Cedars Road, Clapham, London, the eldest child of Francis Joseph Keegan (1898–1974) and his wife, Eileen Mary, née Bridgman (1911–2002). At the time of his birth registration his parents lived at ...

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Sir John Desmond Patrick Keegan (1934–2012) by unknown photographer, 2008 Rex Features

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Kernahan, (John) Coulson (1858–1943), writer and promoter of compulsory military service, was born at 2 Prospect Place, Ilfracombe, Devon, on 1 August 1858, the elder son and third of the eight children of the Revd James Kernahan MA PhD FGS (b. 1825/6)...

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Lewin, (George) Ronald (1914–1984), military historian and biographer, was born in Halifax, Yorkshire, on 11 October 1914, the eldest of four sons (there were no daughters) of Frank Lewin, patent agent, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Wingfield. He was educated at Heath grammar school...

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Winn, Rowland Denys Guy, fourth Baron St Oswald (1916–1984), war correspondent and army officer, was born on 19 September 1916 in London, the elder son (there were no daughters) of Rowland George Winn, third Baron St Oswald (1893–1957), and his wife, Evie Carew...