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Deane, John (bap. 1685, d. 1761), naval officer in the Russian service and spy, was baptized at St Wilfrid's Church, Wilford, Nottinghamshire, on 21 March 1685, the third of four sons of Jasper Deane, a prosperous farmer, and his first wife (of four), ...

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Godfrey, John Henry (1888–1971), naval officer and intelligence officer, was born in Handsworth, Birmingham, on 10 July 1888, the third son and youngest of the four children of Godfrey Henry Godfrey, company secretary of Mapplebecks and Wilkes, and his wife, Kathleen Castley. He was educated at ...

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Sir (William) Reginald Hall (1870–1943) by Walter Stoneman, 1917 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hall, Sir (William) Reginald (1870–1943), naval officer and intelligence officer, was born at The Close, Salisbury, on 28 June 1870, the second child and elder son of Lieutenant William Henry Hall RN of Ross, Herefordshire, and his wife, Caroline Elizabeth, daughter of the ...

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Perkins, John [nicknamed Jack Punch] (c. 1745–1812), naval officer and spy, was born in Jamaica. Nothing certain is known of his origin, but he is described as a 'mulatto', the child of a white father and a black mother, and if so it is highly probable that his mother was a slave. Under Jamaican law, this would have made the boy himself a slave, but the mixed-race sons of white men in positions of authority were often emancipated and educated to the level of clerks or overseers. ...

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Sir Edward Wilfrid Harry Travis (1888–1956) by Walter Stoneman, 1946 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Travis, Sir Edward Wilfrid Harry (1888–1956), naval officer and cryptographer, was born on 24 September 1888 at 7 Blendon Terrace, Plumstead Common, Kent, the son of Harry Travis (1858–1927), civil engineer, and his wife, Emmeline Hamlyn. He had a younger sister.

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