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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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Bader [née Bailey], Lilian Mary (1918–2015), Women’s Auxiliary Air Force technician and teacher, was born Lilian Bailey (the middle name Mary was added later) on 18 February 1918 at 19 Upper Stanhope Street, Toxteth Park, Liverpool, the daughter of Marcus Bailey...

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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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Bourchier, John, second Baron Berners (c. 1467–1533), soldier, diplomat, and translator, was the son of Sir Humphrey Bourchier (d. 1471) and Elizabeth (d. 1497), daughter and sole heir of Frederick Tilney of Boston, Lincolnshire. His father, a Yorkist, was killed at the battle of ...

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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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Cramb [Cram], John Adam (1861–1913), historian and defence publicist, was born at Denny in Stirlingshire on 4 May 1861, the fourth child and second son of David Cram, who after failing in a photography and lithographic printing business worked as a carpenter, and of his wife, ...

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Crichton, James [called the Admirable Crichton] (1560–1582), rhetorician and soldier, was born on 19 August 1560, probably at Eliock near Sanquhar, Dumfriesshire, the son of Robert Crichton (d. 1582), lawyer.

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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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Forbes, Alexander, fourth Lord Forbes of Pitsligo (1678–1762), philosopher and Jacobite army officer, only son of the third lord, Alexander Forbes (c.1655–1690), and Lady Sophia Erskine (fl. 1676–1734), third daughter of John, twentieth earl of Mar, was born on 24 May 1678. He succeeded to the estates and title on the death of his father in 1690. ...

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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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H. M. Chichester

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Mackinnon, Daniel (1791–1836), army officer and historian, was the son of William Mackinnon (son of William Mackinnon, chief of clan Mackinnon) and his wife, Harriet, née Frye. William Alexander Mackinnon was his elder brother, and Daniel Henry Mackinnon was his first cousin. On 16 June 1804 he was appointed ensign in the ...

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Masterman, Sir John Cecil (1891–1977), college head and intelligence officer, was born on 12 January 1891 at Crescent Lodge, Kingston upon Thames, the younger of the two children, both sons, of Commander (later Captain) John Masterman RN (1847–1916) and his wife, Edith Margaret Hughes (1860–1946)...

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Maule, Harry, styled fifth earl of Panmure (1659–1734), Jacobite army officer and scholar, was born on 18 October 1659, the sixth son of George Maule, second earl of Panmure (1619–1671), and his wife, Lady Jean Campbell (1624/5–1703), eldest daughter of John, earl of Loudoun...

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R. H. Vetch

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Montgomerie, Thomas George (1830–1878), army officer and geographer, fourth son of Colonel W. E. Montgomerie of the Ayrshire yeomanry and of Annick Lodge, Ayrshire, was born on 23 April 1830. He was educated at Addiscombe College for the East India Company's army, and passed out first of his term, winning the Pollock medal as the most distinguished cadet. He was gazetted a second lieutenant in the ...

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Park, Daphne Margaret Sybil Désirée, Baroness Park of Monmouth (1921–2010), intelligence officer and college head, was born on 1 September 1921 at Mayfield, Vale Road, Claygate, Surrey, the first child of John Alexander Park (1876–1952) and his wife, Doreen Gynneth, née Cresswell-George (1899–1982)...

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Rapin de Thoyras [Rapin], Paul de (1661–1725), army officer and historian, was born in Castres, France, on 25 March 1661, the third of the six children of Jacques Rapin, sieur de Thoyras (1613–1685), an advocate, and Jeanne Pélisson (d. 1706). He came from a protestant Savoyard family who had emigrated to ...

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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 ...

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Richmond, Sir Herbert William (1871–1946), naval officer and college head, was born at Beavor Lodge, Hammersmith, London, on 15 September 1871, the third child and second son of the artist Sir William Blake Richmond (1842–1921) and his second wife, Clara Jane (d...

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Roskill, Stephen Wentworth (1903–1982), naval officer and historian, was born on 1 August 1903 in London, the second of four sons (there were no daughters) of John Henry Roskill (1860–1940), KC and judge of the Salford hundred court of record, and his wife, ...