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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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Elwell [née Glass], Ann Catherine (1922–1996), intelligence officer and diplomat, was born on 16 June 1922 at 12 Leinster Gardens, Bayswater, London, the only child of Robert Lionel Glass, a general practitioner and former surgeon-lieutenant in the Royal Navy, of 106 Inverness Terrace, Bayswater...

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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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Hooper, Sir Leonard James [Joe] (1914–1994), intelligence officer and civil servant, was born on 23 July 1914 at 67 East Dulwich Road, Camberwell, London, the only child of James Edmund Hooper, copywriter for a pharmaceutical firm, and his wife, Grace Lena, née Pitts...

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Neave, Airey Middleton Sheffield (1916–1979), intelligence officer and politician, was born at 24 De Vere Gardens, Knightsbridge, London, on 23 January 1916. He was the elder son, in a family of two sons and three daughters, of Sheffield Airey Neave (1879–1961), a distinguished entomologist, of ...

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Rennie, Sir John Ogilvy [Jack] (1914–1981), diplomatist and intelligence officer, was born on 13 January 1914 at 12 Hyde Park Mansions, Marylebone, London, one among the two children of Charles Ogilvy Rennie, match manufacturer, and his wife, Agnes Annette, née Paton. He was educated at ...

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Sillitoe, Sir Percy Joseph (1888–1962), police officer and intelligence officer, was born at Tulse Hill, London, on 22 May 1888, the second son and second child of Joseph Henry Sillitoe, average adjuster, and his wife, Bertha Leontine Smith. There was also a younger sister. The family suffered from the improvidence of ...