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Raymond Asquith (1878–1916) by Malcolm Arbuthnot, c. 1915 Raymond Asquith

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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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Patrick Maynard Stuart Blackett, Baron Blackett (1897–1974) by Lucia Moholy, 1936 © Lucia Moholy

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Blackett, Patrick Maynard Stuart, Baron Blackett (1897–1974), physicist and government and military adviser, was born on 18 November 1897 at Kensington, London, the only son and the second of three children of Arthur Stuart Blackett (1865–1922), stockbroker, and his wife, Caroline Frances (1868–1954)...

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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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Thomas Edward Lawrence [Lawrence of Arabia] (1888–1935) by Augustus John, 1919 © courtesy the Artist's Estate / Bridgeman Art Library; photograph Tate, London

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Lawrence, Thomas Edward [known as Lawrence of Arabia] (1888–1935), intelligence officer and author, was born on 16 August 1888 at Woodlands, Tremadoc, Caernarvonshire, the second of the five sons of Thomas Robert Tighe Chapman (1846–1919), an Anglo-Irish landowner, and his mistress, Sarah Junner (1861–1959)...

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Mante, Thomas (bap. 1733, d. c. 1802), army officer and historian, was baptized Thomas Mant on 3 December 1733 at St Faith's parish church, Havant, Hampshire, the eldest of the eight children of Thomas Mant (1702–1768), an estate manager, and his wife, Mary (...

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McLachlan, Donald Harvey (1908–1971), journalist and intelligence officer, was born in London at Flat 6, 23 Cathcart Hill, Islington, on 25 September 1908, the only child of David James McLachlan, a hotel manager, and his wife, Elizabeth Hine. From the City of London School...

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Read, Sir Herbert Edward (1893–1968), poet, literary critic, and writer on art, was born on 4 December 1893 at Muscoates Grange, near Kirkby Moorside, in the North Riding of Yorkshire, the eldest of the four children of Herbert Edward Read (1868–1903), tenant farmer, and of ...

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Robert Falcon Scott (1868–1912) by Herbert George Ponting, 1911 © Popperfoto; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Scott, Robert Falcon [known as Scott of the Antarctic] (1868–1912), naval officer and Antarctic explorer, was born on 6 June 1868 at Outlands, Milehouse, near Stoke Damerel, Devonport, the third of the six children of John Edward Scott (1830–1897), a brewer, and his wife, ...

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Shepherd, Charles William Haimes (1917–1998), naval officer, was born on 10 December 1917 at 23 Richmond Street, Plymouth, Devon, the son of William Henry Haimes Shepherd, labourer in the naval dockyard, and his wife, Florence Ethel Hayter. He was a pupil at the ...

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Travers [married name Schlegelmilch], Susan Mary Gillian (1909–2003), foreign legionnaire, was born on 23 September 1909 at 35 Courtfield Gardens, Kensington, London, the younger child and only daughter of Captain Francis Eaton Travers (1863–1953), naval officer, and his wife, Eleanor Catherine (Norah)...

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Williams, Sir Edgar Trevor [Bill] (1912–1995), intelligence officer and historian, was born on 20 November 1912 at 30 Maidstone Road, Chatham, Kent, the second of three children and elder son of the Revd (Joseph) Edgar Williams (1877–1938), minister of Ebenezer Congregational Church, and his wife, ...