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Baissac, Claude Marc Boucherville de (1907–1974), special operations officer, was born on 28 February 1907 at Curepipe, Mauritius, the younger son and youngest of three children of Marie Louis Marc de Boucherville Baissac and his wife, Marie Louise Jeannette Dupont. His father was a British subject of French origin and represented the ...

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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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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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Peter Morland Churchill (1909–1972) by Mark Gerson, 1954 © Mark Gerson; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Churchill, Peter Morland (1909–1972), special operations officer, was born in Amsterdam on 14 January 1909, the eldest of four children (three sons and a daughter) of William Algernon Churchill, British consul there, who ten years later was consul-general in Milan, and his wife, ...

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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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Sir (Frederick) William Dampier Deakin (1913–2005) by Bassano, 1961 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Deakin, Sir (Frederick) William Dampier [Bill] (1913–2005), special operations officer, historian, and college head, was born on 3 July 1913 at 30 Temple Gardens, Golders Green, London, the elder son of Albert Whitney Deakin, motor engineer and farmer, and his wife, Bertha Mildred, ...

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Escott, Bickham Aldred Cowan Sweet- (1907–1981), special operations officer and banker, was born in Newport, Monmouthshire, on 6 June 1907, the eldest of four children (two sons and two daughters) of Aldred Bickham Sweet-Escott, marine engineer of Newport and Bristol, and his wife, ...

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Fermor, Sir Patrick Michael [Paddy] Leigh (1915–2011), special operations officer and author, was born on 11 February 1915 at 20 Endsleigh Gardens, Bloomsbury, London, the younger child and only son of Sir Lewis Leigh Fermor (1880–1954), geologist, and his first wife, Muriel Aileen (otherwise Eileen or Æileen), ...

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Sir Patrick Michael Leigh Fermor (1915–2011) by Joan Leigh Fermor, 1946 © Patrick Fermor Archive, Trustees of the National Library of Scotland

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Sir Stephen Lewis Edmonstone Hastings (1921–2005) by Bassano, 1948 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hastings, Sir Stephen Lewis Edmonstone (1921–2005), politician, was born on 4 May 1921, at 13 Washington House, Basil Street, Knightsbridge, London, the only son of Major Lewis Aloysius Macdonald Hastings (1880–1966) and his wife, Meriel Eda St John (1888–1971), daughter of Neil Edmonstone...

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Heslop, Richard Henry [alias Xavier] (1907–1973), army officer and resistance organizer, was born on 22 January 1907 at Cierp, Haute Garonne, France, the only son and younger child of William Heslop, horse trainer, and his wife, Vera Molesworth Muspratt. He was educated at ...

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Humphreys, Leslie Alexander Francis Longmore (1904–1976), organizer of resistance and Foreign Office official, was born in Budapest on 4 July 1904, the younger child and only son of Richard John Edward Humphreys and his wife, Elizabeth Agnes Lyons. His father, a musician who went first to ...

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George Reid Millar (1910–2005) by C. Woods, 1946 Getty Images

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Millar, George Reid (1910–2005), special operations officer, author, and farmer, was born on 19 September 1910 at Boghall, Baldernock, Stirlingshire, the younger son (there was no daughter) of Thomas Andrew Millar (d. 1921/2), architect, and his wife, Mary Reid, née Morton (...

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Nicholls, Arthur Frederick Crane (1911–1944), special operations officer, was born on 6 February 1911 at 30 Compayne Gardens, Hampstead, London, the first son and middle child of Joseph Crane Nicholls (1849–1917), a stockbroker, and his wife, Josephine Orchiston Campbell (1871–1953). He was educated at ...

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Peulevé, Henri Leonard Thomas [Harry] (1916–1963), special operations officer, the only son of Leonard Otho Peulevé and his wife, Eva Juliet Dallison, both of British nationality, was born on 29 January 1916 at Worthing, where his mother and sister were temporarily in refuge from the German invasion of ...