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Richard Lewis Clutterbuck (1917–1998) by Frank Herrmann, 1981 © News International Newspapers Ltd

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Clutterbuck, Richard Lewis (1917–1998), army officer and counter-insurgency and anti-terrorism expert, was born on 22 November 1917, 'fourteen days after the Communist Revolution in Russia' (Clutterbuck, 3), at 30 West Park, Eltham, London, the son of Major Lewis St John Rawlinson Clutterbuck...

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Cox, Edgar William (1882–1918), army and intelligence officer, was born at 191 Tufnell Park Road, Islington, London, on 9 May 1882, the son of George William Cox, banker's clerk, and his wife, Louisa Hannah, née Bull. Educated at Christ's Hospital, where he was captain of the school, and the ...

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Sir Colin McVean Gubbins (1896–1976) by Elliott & Fry © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Gubbins, Sir Colin McVean (1896–1976), army officer and intelligence officer, was born in Tokyo on 2 July 1896, the younger son and third child in the family of two sons and three daughters of John Harington Gubbins (1852–1929), who was oriental secretary at the British legation, and his wife, ...

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Holland, John Charles Francis (1897–1956), army and intelligence officer, was born in India (probably in Calcutta) on 21 November 1897, the only son and elder child of Sir Thomas Henry Holland (1868–1947), geologist, and his first wife, Frances Maud (d. 1942)...

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Morton, Sir Desmond John Falkiner (1891–1971), army officer and intelligence officer, was born on 13 November 1891 at 9 Hyde Park Gate, London, the only son of Colonel Charles Falkiner Morton (d. 1929), Royal Dragoons, and his wife, Edith Harriet, daughter of ...

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Sir Desmond John Falkiner Morton (1891–1971) by Howard Coster, 1944 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Parker, Sir (Arthur) Douglas Dodds- (1909–2006), colonial administrator, special operations officer, and politician, was born on 5 July 1909 at 2 Holywell Street, Oxford, the younger child and only son of Arthur Percy Dodds-Parker, formerly Parker (1867–1940), surgeon, and lecturer (later reader) in applied anatomy at the ...

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Parry, Sir Richard Gambier- (1894–1965), army officer and intelligence signals officer, was born on 20 January 1894 at Highnam Court, Highnam, Gloucestershire, the son of Sidney Gambier-Parry, architect, and his wife, Grace Denman, of Duntisbourne Rous, near Cirencester. He was a descendant of ...

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Sir John Alexander Sinclair (1897–1977) by Walter Stoneman, 1944 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Sinclair, Sir John Alexander (1897–1977), army and intelligence officer, was born on 29 May 1897 in Fulham, the younger son and second of the four children of John Stewart Sinclair, later archdeacon of Cirencester (who was the grandson of Sir John Sinclair, first baronet...

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Stawell, William Arthur Macdonald (1895–1987), army officer and intelligence officer, was born on 22 January 1895 in India, the son of G. C. Stawell, an official in the Indian Civil Service. After being educated at Clifton College and the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich...

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Strong, Sir Kenneth William Dobson (1900–1982), army and intelligence officer, was born in Montrose, Scotland, on 9 September 1900, the only son among the four children of John Strong, rector of Montrose Academy and subsequently professor of education at Leeds University, and his wife, ...