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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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Bradford, Sir Edward Ridley Colborne, first baronet (1836–1911), administrator in India and police officer, was born on 27 July 1836 at Hambleden Cottage, Buckinghamshire, the second son of William Mussage Kirkwall Bradford (1806–1872), who was rector successively of Rotherfield Greys, Oxfordshire; Weeke, Hampshire...

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Rowan, Sir Charles (1782?–1852), army officer and police officer, was born in co. Antrim, the fifth son of Robert Rowan (1754–1832) of Garry, co. Antrim, and North Lodge, Carrickfergus, and Mary, daughter of Hill Wilson of Purdysburn, co. Down. Field Marshal Sir William Rowan...

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Vincent, Sir (Charles Edward) Howard (1849–1908), politician and police administrator, born at Slinfold, Sussex, on 31 May 1849, was the second and eldest surviving son of the five sons of Sir Frederick Vincent, eleventh baronet (1798–1883), rector of Slinfold and prebendary of Chichester Cathedral...

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Warren, Sir Charles (1840–1927), army officer, police commissioner, and archaeologist, was born on 7 February 1840 at Fairview House, Bangor, Caernarvonshire, the second son of Major-General Sir Charles Warren (1798–1866) and his first wife, Mary Anne (d. 1846), daughter of William Hughes...

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Whitmore, Sir George Stoddart (1829–1903), army officer and police officer in New Zealand, was born in Malta on 30 May 1829, the son of Lieutenant (later Major) George St Vincent Whitmore RE and his wife, Isabella Maxwell, the daughter of Sir John Stoddart...

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Young, Sir Arthur Edwin (1907–1979), policeman, was born at 55 Chamberlayne Road, Eastleigh, Hampshire, on 15 February 1907, one of four children of Edwin Young (1878–1936), a builder, and his wife, Gertrude Mary Brown (1880–1945). He attended Portsmouth grammar school and when aged sixteen joined the city's police against his family's wishes. For a non-...