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H. M. Stephens

revised by James Falkner

Baker, Sir William Erskine (1808–1881), army officer and engineer, was the fourth son of Captain Joseph Baker RN, and was born on 29 November 1808 at Leith. He was educated at Ludlow and at Addiscombe College (1825–6), and after attending an extended engineering course while a cadet he went out to ...

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R. H. Vetch

revised by James Lunt

By, John (1779–1836), army officer and engineer, was born in 1779, probably on 7 August, in Lambeth, second son of George By and his wife, Mary, née Bryan. After passing through the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, he was commissioned second lieutenant in the ...

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Colepeper, Thomas (1637–1708), soldier and engineer, was born on Christmas day 1637 in Kent, possibly in either Dover or Hackington, the son of Sir Thomas Colepeper (1598–1643), governor of Dover Castle, and his wife, Barbara (1599–1643), daughter of Robert Sidney, first earl of Leicester...

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Dixon, Sir Robert Bland (1867–1939), engineer and naval officer, was born on 30 March 1867 at Darlington, the elder son of Robert Bland Dixon, architect and surveyor, and his wife, Mary Ann Whitecomb (née Parr). He was the elder brother of Walter Ernest Dixon...

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Sir (James) Alfred Ewing (1855–1935) by Bassano, 1915 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Ewing, Sir (James) Alfred (1855–1935), engineer and cryptographer, was born on 27 March 1855 at 109 Nethergate, Dundee, the youngest of the three sons of James Ewing (1810–1886), minister of St Andrew's Free Church, Dundee, and his wife, Marjory, eldest daughter of John Ferguson...

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Froude, William (1810–1879), engineer and naval architect, fourth son of Robert Hurrell Froude (1770/71–1859), archdeacon of Totnes, and Margaret, née Spedding (1774/5–1821), was born at Dartington parsonage on 28 November 1810. (Richard) Hurrell Froude (1803–1836) and James Anthony Froude (1818–1894) were his brothers. He was educated at ...

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Garnett, Arthur William (1829–1861), army officer and engineer, was born on 1 June 1829, the younger son of William Garnett (1793–1873) and his first wife, Ellen (d. 1829), daughter of Solomon Treasure. He was educated at Addiscombe College from 1844 to 1846, was commissioned second-lieutenant on 12 June 1846, and went to ...

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Joseph Huddart (1741–1816) by John Hoppner, in or before 1801 unknown collection / Christie's; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Huddart, Joseph (1741–1816), hydrographer and engineer, was born on 11 January 1741 at Allonby, Cumberland, the only child of William Huddart (1704–1762), farmer and shoemaker, and his wife, Rachel. Huddart attended school in Allonby under the local clergyman, a well-educated man who introduced him to astronomy. He showed particular ability in mathematics and practical mechanics, building a working model of flour milling machinery and, using ...

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R. H. Vetch

revised by Roger T. Stearn

Kennedy, John Pitt (1796–1879), army officer and engineer, fourth son of John Pitt Kennedy, rector of Carn Donagh, co. Donegal, and afterwards of Balteagh, co. Londonderry, and Mary, only daughter of Thomas Cary of Loughash, co. Tyrone, was born at Donagh on 8 May 1796. ...

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Lovell, Thomas (d. in or after 1615), engineer and soldier, was probably from a family that farmed lands in Huntingdonshire and Norfolk (though he should not be confused with the prominent Norfolk gentleman Sir Thomas Lovell). In 1596 he recalled that he had served for thirty years in the wars of foreign countries, so he may have first fought for the Huguenots in the French wars of religion. In 1572 the ...

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Mason, Sir Frank Trowbridge (1900–1988), naval officer and engineer, was born in Ipswich on 25 April 1900, the elder son and elder child of Frank John Mason MBE, draper and later JP and mayor of Ipswich, and his wife, Marian Elizabeth Trowbridge. He was educated at ...

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Brysson Cunningham

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Maxim, Sir Hiram Stevens (1840–1916), engineer and inventor, was born on 5 February 1840 at Brockway's Mills, near Sangerville, Maine, USA, the elder son of Isaac Weston Maxim (1814–1883) and his wife, Harriet Boston (1815–1901), daughter of Levi Stevens of Maine. His father's family were of Huguenot and his mother's of English descent. ...

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Michell, Charles Cornwallis [formerly Charles Collier Michell] (1793–1851), army officer and engineer, was born at Exeter on 29 March 1793, the second son, fourth of six children, of Lieutenant Sampson Michell RN (1755–1809) and Ann (1765–1838), daughter of Samuel Shears MD, of ...

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Sir John Monash (1865–1931) by Walter Stoneman, 1918 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Monash, Sir John (1865–1931), army officer and engineer, was born at Richhill Terrace in West Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, on 27 June 1865, eldest of the three children and only son of Louis Monash (1831–1894), a shopkeeper, and his wife, Bertha, née Manasse (1841–1885)...

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Moncrieff, Sir Alexander (1829–1906), army officer and engineer, born at 27 George Square, Edinburgh, on 17 April 1829, was the eldest son of Captain Matthew Moncrieff of Culfargie, of the Madras army, and Isabella (d. 1880), daughter of Archibald Campbell. His father was a descendant of ...

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Myers, Edmund Charles Wolf (1906–1997), intelligence officer and engineer, was born on 12 October 1906 at 17 Kensington Palace Gardens, Kensington, London, the elder son among the five children of Dr Charles Samuel Myers (1873–1946), consultant psychologist to the British expeditionary force during the First World War and reader in experimental psychology at the ...

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Sir William Palliser (1830–1882) by R. & E. Taylor, pubd 1873 (after Bassano) © National Portrait Gallery, London