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Coltman, William Harold (1891–1974), soldier and gardener, was born at The Common, Tatenhill, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, on 17 November 1891, the fourth son of Charles Coltman (1851/2–1903), gardener's labourer, and his wife, Annie, née Gopsill. He left school aged thirteen, and helped his mother to support the family after his father's death, working as a journeyman market gardener. On 8 January 1913 he married, at Burton upon Trent record office, ...


William Harold Coltman (1891–1974) by unknown photographer The Staffordshire Regiment Museum


Smithers, Sir Peter Henry Berry Otway (1913–2006), intelligence officer, politician, and gardener, was born on 9 December 1913 at Donisthorpe House, Moor Allerton, Yorkshire, the only child of Captain, later Lieutenant-Colonel, Harry Otway Hirsch Smithers (1877–1941), an officer in the Bedfordshire regiment, and his wife, ...