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Arnold, William Delafield (1828–1859), army officer and novelist, was born at Laleham, Middlesex, on 7 April 1828, the fourth son of Thomas Arnold (1795–1842), headmaster of Rugby School, and his wife, Mary (1791–1873), daughter of the Revd John Penrose. He was educated at ...

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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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Robert von Ranke Graves (1895–1985) by John Aldridge, 1968 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Graves, Robert von Ranke (1895–1985), poet and novelist, was born on 24 July 1895 at Red Branch House, Lauriston Road, Wimbledon, Surrey, the third of the five children of Alfred Perceval Graves (1846–1931), poet and educationist, and his second wife, Amalie Elizabeth Sophie (Amy; 1857–1951)...

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John Masters (1914–1983) by unknown photographer, 1946 © reserved

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Masters, John (1914–1983), army officer and novelist, was born on 26 October 1914 at Fort William, Calcutta, India, the elder son (there were no daughters) of Captain John Masters (1883–1963) of the 16th Rajput regiment and his wife, Ada Coulthard (1882–1971) of Scarborough, Yorkshire...

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Smart, Henry Hawley (1833–1893), army officer and novelist, was born at Dover on 3 June 1833, the son of Major George Smart, of an old Kentish family, and Katherine, daughter of Sir Joseph Henry Hawley. His grandfather, Colonel Henry Smart, had been governor of ...

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Street, (Cecil) John Charles [pseuds. John Rhode, Miles Burton, Cecil Waye] (1884–1964), army officer and writer of detective stories, was born in Gibraltar on 3 May 1884, the son of General John Alfred Street CB (1822–1889) and his second wife, Caroline...

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Taylor, Philip Meadows (1808–1876), army officer and official in the Hyderabad service and novelist, was born in Liverpool on 25 September 1808. His father, Philip Meadows Taylor, was a merchant in Liverpool, and was descended from John Taylor (1694–1761) of Norwich; his mother was ...

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Philip Meadows Taylor (1808–1876) by Charles Grey, 1840 National Gallery of Ireland