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Bartlett, Ellis Ashmead- (1881–1931), war correspondent, was born at 57 Grosvenor Street, London, on 11 February 1881, the eldest son of Sir Ellis Ashmead Bartlett (1849–1902), a Conservative MP, and his wife, Frances Christina, née Walsh (1851/2–1929). The family mixed in and scandalized high society. His uncle ...

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Cramb [Cram], John Adam (1861–1913), historian and defence publicist, was born at Denny in Stirlingshire on 4 May 1861, the fourth child and second son of David Cram, who after failing in a photography and lithographic printing business worked as a carpenter, and of his wife, ...

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Fortescue, Sir John William (1859–1933), military historian, was born on 28 December 1859 in Madeira, the fifth son (and ninth of thirteen children) of Hugh Fortescue, third Earl Fortescue (1818–1905), and his wife, Georgiana Augusta Charlotte Caroline (1826–1866), eldest daughter of Colonel George Lionel Dawson-Damer...

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Gurwood, John (1790–1845), army officer and editor of Wellington's dispatches, was the second son of one Gurwood; his widowed mother married H. Okey. He started work in an office, but after an unrequited love affair entered the army as ensign in the 52nd light infantry...

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Haldane, Sir (James) Aylmer Lowthorpe (1862–1950), army officer and author, was born on 17 November 1862 at 14 Stafford Street, Edinburgh, the only son and sixth of seven children of Daniel Rutherford Haldane (1824–1887), physician, and his wife, Charlotte Elizabeth Lowthorpe (d...

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Hamley, Sir Edward Bruce (1824–1893), army officer and military writer, born at Bodmin, Cornwall, on 27 April 1824, was the fourth and youngest son of Vice-Admiral William Hamley (1786–1866) and his wife, Barbara, daughter of Charles Ogilvy of Lerwick, Shetland. William George Hamley...

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Hart, Sir Basil Henry Liddell (1895–1970), military thinker and historian, was born on 31 October 1895 at 4 rue Rosquépine, near the place St Augustin, in Paris (8th arrondissement). He was the younger son of Revd Henry Bramley Hart (1860–1937), the Wesleyan Methodist minister in ...

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Keegan, Sir John Desmond Patrick (1934–2012), military historian and journalist, was born on 15 May 1934 at 18a Cedars Road, Clapham, London, the eldest child of Francis Joseph Keegan (1898–1974) and his wife, Eileen Mary, née Bridgman (1911–2002). At the time of his birth registration his parents lived at ...

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MacDougall, Sir Patrick Leonard (1819–1894), army officer and military writer, born at Boulogne, France, on 10 August 1819, was the son of Sir Duncan Macdougall (1787–1862), army officer, and his first wife, Anne, daughter of Colonel Cornelius Smelt, governor of the Isle of Man...

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Maurice, Sir John Frederick (1841–1912), army officer and military writer, the eldest son of (John) Frederick Denison Maurice (1805–1872) and his first wife, Anna, née Barton (d. 1845), was born in London on 24 May 1841. His father's ideals and principles greatly influenced him, and he wrote his biography (1884). He was educated at ...

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Repington, Charles À Court (1858–1925), army officer and military writer, was born on 29 January 1858, at 15 Chesham Street, London. He was the son of Charles Henry Wyndham À Court Repington (1819–1903), a staunch Anglican and Peelite, MP for Wilton, 1852–5, and of ...

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Stewart, David, of Garth (1772–1829), army officer and writer on the Scottish highlanders, was the second son of Robert Stewart of Garth, Perthshire, and was descended from James Stewart (son of the Wolf of Badenoch, one of the many bastard children of Robert II...