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Allbeury, Theodore Edward Le Bouthillier [Ted] (1917–2005), intelligence officer and novelist, was born on 24 October 1917 at 478 Manchester Road, Stockport, Lancashire, the son of Theodore Allbeury, cotton goods buyer, and his wife, Florence, née Bailey. He had one sister. His father died when ...

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Sir Robert Anderson (1841–1918) by James Russell & Sons © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Anderson, Sir Robert (1841–1918), spymaster, detective chief, and author, was born on 29 May 1841 in Mountjoy Square, Dublin, the son of Matthew Anderson (1804–1888), crown solicitor, Dublin, and his wife, Mary. He himself described his more distant forebears as 'among the Scotch colonists who made ...

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Ball, Sir (George) Joseph (1885–1961), intelligence officer and political administrator, was born at 24 Inkerman Street, Luton, Bedfordshire, on 21 September 1885, the son of George Ball, bookstall clerk, of Salisbury, and his wife, Sarah Ann Headey. He was educated at King's College School, Strand...

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Best, Sigismund Payne (1885–1978), intelligence officer, was born on 14 April 1885 in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, the son of Dr George Payne Best (d. 1908), then senior physician at Birmingham General Hospital, and his wife, Catherine Sophia Allinson (d. 1908). His maternal grandmother was said to have been the daughter of an Indian maharaja. He was privately educated in ...

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Bevan, John Henry (1894–1978), intelligence officer and stockbroker, was born on 5 April 1894, at 4 Lower Berkeley Street, London, the younger son of David Augustus Bevan (1856–1937), stockbroker, and his wife, the Hon. Dame Maude Elizabeth Bevan (1856–1944). Educated at Eton College...

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Bingham, John Michael Ward, seventh Baron Clanmorris of Newbrook (1908–1988), author and intelligence officer, was born on 3 November 1908 at Homeleigh, Fulford, York, the only child of Arthur Maurice Robert Bingham, sixth Baron Clanmorris of Newbrook (1879–1960), cavalry officer, and his wife, ...

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Birch, Francis Lyall [Frank] (1889–1956), intelligence officer, was born on 5 December 1889 at 15 Ennismore Gardens, Knightsbridge, London, the third son of John Arden Birch, banker, and his wife, Charlotte Mary Leycester Stopford (d. 22 Oct 1935) (who later married the ...

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Boxshall, Edwin George (1897–1984), Balkan specialist and intelligence officer, was born on 4 February 1897 in Bucharest, the only son and younger child of William George Boxshall (d. 1918), a butcher's son who ran a small ironworks in Romania, and his wife, ...

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Brooks, Anthony Morris [Tony] (1922–2007), special operations and intelligence officer, was born on 4 April 1922 at The Cottage, Orsett, Essex, the son of Douglas Charles Morris Brooks, construction engineer and businessman, and his wife, Beryl, née Anderson. His father had undertaken secret missions during the First World War, though ...

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Anthony Morris Brooks (1922–2007) by unknown photographer © reserved

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Buckmaster, Maurice James (1902–1992), intelligence officer and businessman, was born on 11 January 1902 at Ravenhill, Brereton, Staffordshire, the son of Henry James Buckmaster (c.1857–1943), brewer, and his wife, Eva Matilda, née Nason (b. c.1868). He was educated at ...

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Maurice James Buckmaster (1902–1992) by unknown photographer © News International Newspapers Ltd.

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Cammaerts, Francis Charles Albert (1916–2006), special operations officer and teacher, was born on 19 June 1916 at 17 Launceston Place, South Kensington, London, the elder son and third of the six children of Emile Leon Cammaerts (1878–1953) and his wife, Helen Geralda Louise, ...

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Cattley, Charles Robert (1816/17–1855), diplomatist and intelligence officer in the Crimea, was born of English parents in St Petersburg, Russia: his father, Robert Cattley, had been a merchant in Russia since 1802. The Cattleys apparently traded with Cattley firms in England, including sawmills near ...

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Chandler, Sir Geoffrey (1922–2011), special operations officer, businessman, and human rights campaigner, was born on 15 November 1922 at 4 Downshire Hill, Hampstead, London, the son of Frederick George Chandler (1886–1942), senior physician to the London Chest Hospital and one of the leading chest physicians of his day, and his wife, ...

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Christie, Malcolm Grahame (1881–1971), intelligence officer, was born on 27 January 1881 at Richmond Hill Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, the son of John Alexander Christie, a bank manager from London, and his wife, Annabelle Findley. He was educated at Malvern College and at the ...

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Clark, Sir Robert Anthony [Bob] (1924–2013), special operations officer, solicitor, and businessman, was born at 29 Chandos Road, East Finchley, London, on 6 January 1924, the younger son of John Anthony (Jack) Clark, mechanical engineer, and his wife, Gladys Evelyn Mary, née Dyer (1891–1970)...

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Clarke, William Francis (1883–1961), intelligence officer, was born on 22 May 1883 at 37 Russell Square, London, the son of the celebrated Edwardian advocate and solicitor-general Sir Edward George Clarke (1841–1931) and his wife, Kathleen Mathilda Bryant (d. 1944). He was the youngest of three children and the only child of his father's second marriage. Educated at ...

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Richard Lewis Clutterbuck (1917–1998) by Frank Herrmann, 1981 © News International Newspapers Ltd