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Bell, Donald Simpson (1890–1916), schoolteacher, footballer, and soldier, was born in Harrogate, North Riding of Yorkshire, on 3 December 1890, the youngest son and fifth of the eight children of Smith Bell (1859–1838), a butcher, and his wife, Annie, née Simpson...

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Bickford, William (bap. 1774, d. 1834), currier and inventor of the safety fuse, was baptized in Ashburton, Devon, on 23 January 1774, the son of William and Mary Beckford. He was in business as a currier, dressing and colouring tanned leather, first rather unsuccessfully in ...

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Sir Thomas Albert Blamey (1884–1951) by Ronald K. Monro, 1943 Australian War Memorial, negative number 054949

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Blamey, Sir Thomas Albert (1884–1951), army officer, was born at Lake Albert, New South Wales, Australia, on 24 January 1884, seventh of the ten children of Richard Henwood Blamey (b. 1846), a small farmer and droving contractor who had migrated from Cornwall...

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Bloomfield, Benjamin, first Baron Bloomfield (1768–1846), army officer and courtier, the only son of John Bloomfield, of Newport, co. Tipperary, a lieutenant in the Grenadier Guards, and his wife, Anne (d. 1828), daughter of Samuel Waller, barrister, and sister of Sir Robert Waller, baronet...

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Burbridge, Bransome Arthur [Branse] (1921–2016), air force officer, was born at 13 Marmora Road, Camberwell, London, on 4 February 1921, the younger son and second of five children of Arthur Jarvis Burbridge (1891–1941), insurance accountant, later Wesleyan preacher, and his wife ...

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Haime, John (bap. 1708, d. 1784), soldier and Methodist preacher, was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, and baptized at Holy Trinity Church in Shaftesbury on 18 February 1708 (though he gave the date of his birth as 1710 in his autobiography), the son of a gardener. He followed his father's occupation for several years, but disliked it; he left to work with his uncle as a button maker, first in ...

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Jackson, Margaret Wallace (1917–2013), Special Operations Executive secretary and civil servant, was born on 15 January 1917 at 18 Marlborough Place, St John's Wood, London, the second of the four daughters of Thomas Frame (Tom) Jackson (1886–1934), manager of the Atlas Light and Power Company...

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Jones, Thomas [Tom] (1908–1990), trade unionist and Spanish republican volunteer, was born on 13 October 1908 in Ashton in Makerfield, Lancashire, the second of three children of William Jones, coalminer, and his wife, Mary Jones, a kitchen maid. His father had earlier left ...

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Sir Howard Karl Kippenberger (1897–1957) by unknown photographer, 1952 Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Matauranga o Aotearoa (PAColl-6075-56)

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Kippenberger, Sir Howard Karl (1897–1957), army officer, was born on 28 January 1897 at Ladbrooks, near Christchurch, New Zealand, the eldest son of Karl Kippenberger (1872–1952), a schoolteacher, and his wife, Annie Elizabeth Howard (1870?–1952). He was educated first at Ladbrooks School and ...

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Macdonogh, Sir George Mark Watson (1865–1942), army officer, was born at 3 Roker Terrace, Monkwearmouth, co. Durham on 4 March 1865, the son of George Valentine Macdonogh (1826/7–1896), a surgeon in the Royal Navy and later deputy inspector of the Royal Naval Hospital, Greenwich...

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Narbeth, John Harper (1863–1944), naval architect, was born at Pembroke Dock, Wales, on 26 May 1863, the son of John Harper Narbeth and his wife, Anne Griffiths. He was the fourth child in a family of eight children. His father, after serving at ...

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Humphry Sandwith (1822–1881) by Camille Silvy, 1862 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Sandwith, Humphry (1822–1881), army physician and author, was born and baptized at Bridlington, Yorkshire, on 12 April 1822, the son of Humphry Sandwith (d. 1867), a physician, and his wife, Jane, the daughter of Isaac Ward, a shipping merchant. His schooling included two years (1832–4) at ...

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Smith, Edgar Charles (1872–1955), naval officer and historian of technology, was born at Green End, Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, on 5 May 1872, the son of George Charles Hooper Smith, a schoolmaster, and his wife, Mary Armstrong. The following year the family moved to ...

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Staniforth, Sampson (1720–1799), soldier and Methodist preacher, was born in December 1720 in Sheffield, Yorkshire, the son of a cutler. His parents had thirteen children, of whom only four lived to maturity. In the autobiography he wrote for John Wesley at the end of his life he said that no care was taken of his education and that he learned nothing of religion or morality; in this he was untypical of Methodist preachers. From fourteen to seventeen he was apprenticed to a baker; he was diligent in his work, but he fell into bad company and took to gaming. Late in 1739 he enlisted in the army, to his mother's distress (she had bought him off once before), and marched to ...

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Thomas Perronet Thompson (1783–1869) by Herbert Watkins, 1856 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Thompson, Thomas Perronet (1783–1869), army officer and politician, was born on 15 March 1783 at 17 Lowgate, Hull, eldest of the four children of Thomas Thompson and his wife, Philothea Perronet Thompson, née Briggs (1753–1823). His father was a banker and merchant, MP for ...

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Walter Daniel John Tull (1888–1918) by unknown photographer, c. 1910 courtesy of Mr Philip Vasili