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Acton, Sir John Francis Edward, sixth baronet (1736–1811), naval officer and administrator in the Neapolitan service, descended from the Actons of Aldenham Hall, Shropshire, was born in Besançon, Franche Comté, France, in 1736 (baptized 3 June). His father, Dr Edward Acton (1709–1775), had settled there and married a local girl, ...

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Arundell, Henry, third Baron Arundell of Wardour (bap. 1608, d. 1694), royalist army officer and politician, was baptized on 23 February 1608 at St Andrew's, Holborn, London. He was the only son of Thomas Arundell, second Baron Arundell of Wardour (c. 1586–1643) [...

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G. C. Boase

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Carey, James (1837–1883), Fenian and informer, was the son of Francis Carey, a bricklayer, who migrated from Celbridge, co. Kildare, to Dublin. There his wife (whose name is not known) kept a lodging-house in James Street, where James was born to them. He had at least one brother. ...

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E. T. Williams

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Carton de Wiart, Sir Adrian (1880–1963), army officer, was born in Brussels on 5 May 1880, the eldest son of Léon Constant Ghislain Carton de Wiart (1854–1915), barrister, who later moved to Cairo, and his first wife, M. I. James, who died when the boy was six. He was educated at the ...

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Charlton, Lionel Evelyn Oswald (1879–1958), air force officer and author, was born at 28 Half Moon Street, Piccadilly, London, on 7 July 1879, the third of the four sons of William Oswald Charlton (1850–c.1896), a diplomatist from Hesleyside, Northumberland, and his American wife, ...

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Coningham, Sir Arthur (1895–1948), air force officer, was born in Brisbane, Australia, on 19 January 1895, the eldest of the three children of Arthur Coningham (1863–1939), variously a chemist, tobacconist, bookmaker, and book salesman, who played cricket once for Australia against England, in 1894–5, and his wife, ...

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Coulshed, Dame (Mary) Frances (1904–1998), army officer, was born at 49 Lynmouth Road, Ecclesall, Sheffield, on 10 November 1904, the daughter of Wilfred Coulshed, a chemist who died when she was six years old, and his wife, Maude Mullin, a teacher. She was educated at ...

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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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Drummond, James, styled fifth earl of Perth and Jacobite second duke of Perth (1674–1720), Jacobite army officer, was born in Perthshire, the eldest son of James Drummond, fourth earl of Perth and Jacobite first duke of Perth (1648–1716), and his first wife, Lady Jane Douglas (...

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Drummond, James, styled sixth earl of Perth and Jacobite third duke of Perth (1713–1746), Jacobite army officer, was born on 11 May 1713 at Drummond Castle, Perthshire, the eldest son of James Drummond, styled fifth earl and Jacobite second duke of Perth (1674–1720)...

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Drummond, John, styled seventh earl of Perth and Jacobite fourth duke of Perth (c. 1714–1747), Jacobite army officer, was born in France, the son of James Drummond, styled fifth earl of Perth and Jacobite second duke of Perth (1674–1720), attainted of his earldom in 1716, and his wife, ...

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Festing, Sir Francis Wogan (1902–1976), army officer, was born in Dublin on 28 August 1902, the only child of Brigadier-General Francis Leycester Festing (1877–1948), of Chalford, Gloucestershire, and his wife, Charlotte Katharine Grindall Festing, a second cousin. He was educated at Winchester College...

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Fielding, Alexander Wallace [Xan] (1918–1991), intelligence officer and author, was born Alexander Percival Feilman Wallace on 26 November 1918 at Ootacamund, in southern India. His father, Alexander James Wallace—variously described by his son as a major in the Sikhs and as a barrister—and his Irish mother, ...

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Fitzjames, James, duke of Berwick upon Tweed (1670–1734), army officer in the French service, was born on 21 August 1670 at Moulins in the Bourbonnais, France, the natural son of James, duke of York, later James II and VII (1633–1701), and Arabella Churchill (1649–1730)...

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Fraser, Simon, eleventh Lord Lovat (1667/8–1747), Jacobite conspirator, army officer, and outlaw, was the second but first surviving son of Thomas Fraser (1631–1699), sometimes styled 'of Beaufort' (the third son of Hugh Fraser, seventh Lord Lovat), and Sybilla Macleod (...

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Fraser, Simon Christopher Joseph, fifteenth Lord Lovat and fourth Baron Lovat (1911–1995), army officer and landowner, was born in Scotland on 9 July 1911, the elder son and oldest of the five children of Simon Joseph Fraser, fourteenth Lord Lovat and third Baron Lovat...

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Fraser, Simon Joseph, fourteenth Lord Lovat and third Baron Lovat (1871–1933), army officer and landowner, was born at his ancestral home, Beaufort Castle, Beauly, Inverness-shire on 25 November 1871, the second son of Simon Fraser, thirteenth Lord Lovat and second Baron Lovat (1828–1887)...

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Gage, Sir Henry (1597–1645), royalist army officer, was born in London on 29 August 1597, the eldest son of John Gage (c.1580–1626) of Haling Manor, Surrey, and his wife, Margaret (c.1580–c.1630), daughter of Sir Thomas Copley. Thomas Gage (1603?–1656)...

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Guingand, Sir Francis Wilfred [Freddie] de (1900–1979), army officer, was born on 28 February 1900 at Acton, Middlesex, the second of the four children and eldest of the three sons of Francis Julius de Guingand, a manufacturer of briar-root pipes, and his wife, ...

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Hallowes [née Brailly], Odette Marie Céline (1912–1995), special operations officer and member of the FANY, was born on 28 April 1912 in Amiens, northern France, the only daughter in the family of three children of Gaston Brailly (c.1880–1918), banker, and his wife, ...