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Cairnes, William Elliot (1862–1902), army officer and military writer, was born at Galway on 18 September 1862, to an old family of Scottish descent, the son of John Elliot Cairnes (1823–1875), economist and professor at University College, London, and his wife, Eliza Charlotte...

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Clerke, Thomas Henry Shadwell (1792–1849), army officer and military journalist, was born at Bandon, co. Cork. Intended for the army, a profession also adopted by his brothers, St John Augustus Clerke, who died a lieutenant-general and colonel in the 75th foot on 17 January 1870, and ...

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Griffiths, Frederick Augustus (1795/6–1869), army officer and military writer, entered the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, on 20 February 1810. He was commissioned second lieutenant in the Royal Artillery on 13 December 1813, first lieutenant on 8 October 1816, captain on 23 December 1841, and brevet major on 28 November 1854. In 1854 he became professor of fortification at ...

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John Gurwood (1790–1845) by William Salter, 1834–40 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Gurwood, John (1790–1845), army officer and editor of Wellington's dispatches, was the second son of one Gurwood; his widowed mother married H. Okey. He started work in an office, but after an unrequited love affair entered the army as ensign in the 52nd light infantry...

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Hart, Henry George (1808–1878), army officer and founder of Hart's Army List, belonged to the old Dorset family of Hart of Netherbury, and was the third son of Lieutenant-Colonel William Hart, who served in the Royal Navy, the Dorsetshire militia, and the 111th regiment...

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James, Walter Haweis (1847–1927), army officer, politician, and military writer, was born on 9 July 1847, the youngest son of H. C. James and his wife, Elizabeth Jane, née Page. The family home was Bushmead Hall, Bedford. Educated privately, James entered the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich...

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Lloyd, Henry Humphrey Evans (c. 1718–1783), army officer and military writer, was born the son of a clergyman at Cwm Bychan Farm, in the parish of Llanbedr, Merioneth. He was educated at Jesus College, Oxford. Lloyd hoped to pursue a military career but could not afford to purchase a commission. In 1744 he went to ...

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Maurice, Sir John Frederick (1841–1912), army officer and military writer, the eldest son of (John) Frederick Denison Maurice (1805–1872) and his first wife, Anna, née Barton (d. 1845), was born in London on 24 May 1841. His father's ideals and principles greatly influenced him, and he wrote his biography (1884). He was educated at ...

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Sir John Frederick Maurice (1841–1912) by W. & D. Downey, pubd 1890 © National Portrait Gallery, London