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Cowell, Gervase [Gerry] (1926–2000), intelligence officer, was born on 4 August 1926 at 44 Clarendon Crescent, Sale, Manchester, the second son and youngest of the three children of Frederick Arthur Cowell (1885–1969), precision engineer, and his wife, Alice Mary, née Raffo (1894–1987). He attended ...

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Alexander Wallace Fielding (1918–1991) by unknown photographer [left, with resistance fighters in Crete] © reserved; News International Syndication; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Fielding, Alexander Wallace [Xan] (1918–1991), intelligence officer and author, was born Alexander Percival Feilman Wallace on 26 November 1918 at Ootacamund, in southern India. His father, Alexander James Wallace—variously described by his son as a major in the Sikhs and as a barrister—and his Irish mother, ...

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Foley, Francis Edward [Frank] (1884–1958), intelligence officer, was born on 24 November 1884 at 7 Walrow Terrace, Highbridge, Somerset, the third of six children of Andrew Wood Foley (c.1850–1932), engineer, and his wife, Isabella Turnbull. Foley's father was of Irish descent; his mother was a Scottish Catholic. ...

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Hillgarth, Alan Hugh (1899–1978), intelligence officer and author, was born on 7 June 1899 at 121 Harley Street, London, the second son and third of five children of Willmott Henderson Hillgarth Evans, a general surgeon with a special interest in dermatology, and his wife, ...

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Lunn, Peter Northcote (1914–2011), skier and intelligence officer, was born on 15 November 1914 at 30 Ashley Place, Westminster, the elder son of Sir Arnold Henry Moore Lunn (1888–1974), the pioneer of Alpine ski racing, and later a prominent Catholic proselytizer, and his first wife, ...

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Melville, William (1850–1918), police officer and intelligence officer, was born in Sneem, co. Kerry, Ireland, on 25 April 1850, the eldest of three sons of James Melville, tenant farmer, and his wife, Catherine, née O'Connor. After attending the local Christian Brothers' school until the age of fifteen he worked for his father, who was then a baker and publican in ...

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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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Nearne, Eileen Marie [Didi] (1921–2010), special operations officer, was born on 15 March 1921 at 406 Fulham Road, south Fulham, London, the younger daughter and youngest of four children of John Francis Nearne, a chemist's dispenser of English birth, and his wife, Mariquita, ...

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Taylor, George Francis (1903–1979), intelligence officer and banker, was born on 13 January 1903 in Windsor, Melbourne, Australia, the son of George Arthur Taylor, a merchant, and his wife, Annie Mary Ryan, both of whom hailed from Melbourne. Taylor attended Xavier College, Melbourne...

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Villameur, Lise Marie de Baissac [née Lise Marie de Boucherville Baissac] (1905–2004), special operations officer and member of the FANY, was born on 11 May 1905 in Curepipe, Mauritius, the middle child and only daughter of Marie-Louis Marc de Boucherville Baissac and his wife, ...

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Zaehner, Robert Charles (1913–1974), orientalist and intelligence officer, was born on 8 April 1913 at Oak Hill Lodge, Sevenoaks, Kent, the son of Edward Zaehner, lace merchant, and his wife, Maria Louisa (née Zaehner). His parents were both Swiss. He was educated at ...