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H. M. Stephens

revised by James Falkner

Baker, Sir William Erskine (1808–1881), army officer and engineer, was the fourth son of Captain Joseph Baker RN, and was born on 29 November 1808 at Leith. He was educated at Ludlow and at Addiscombe College (1825–6), and after attending an extended engineering course while a cadet he went out to ...

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Bolton, Sir Francis John (1831–1887), army officer and electrical engineer, was the son of Dr Thomas Wilson Bolton, surgeon, of London and Manchester. He enlisted in the Royal Artillery and soon became a non-commissioned officer. He was commissioned ensign in the Gold Coast artillery corps...

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R. H. Vetch

revised by James Lunt

By, John (1779–1836), army officer and engineer, was born in 1779, probably on 7 August, in Lambeth, second son of George By and his wife, Mary, née Bryan. After passing through the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, he was commissioned second lieutenant in the ...

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Cardew, Philip (1851–1910), army officer and electrical engineer, was born on 24 September 1851 at Oakshade, near Leatherhead, Surrey, the eldest son in a family of four sons and four daughters of Captain Christopher Baldock Cardew, 74th highlanders, of East Hill, Liss (son of ...

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Colepeper, Thomas (1637–1708), soldier and engineer, was born on Christmas day 1637 in Kent, possibly in either Dover or Hackington, the son of Sir Thomas Colepeper (1598–1643), governor of Dover Castle, and his wife, Barbara (1599–1643), daughter of Robert Sidney, first earl of Leicester...

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Sir Arthur Thomas Cotton (1803–1899) by Sir William Hamo Thornycroft, 1880 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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A. J. Arbuthnot

revised by Peter L. Schmitthenner

Cotton, Sir Arthur Thomas (1803–1899), army officer and irrigation engineer, was born on 15 May 1803 at Woodcote, Oxfordshire, the ninth son of Henry Calveley Cotton (d. 1837) of Woodcote House, who served in the royal guards (postal service), and his wife, ...

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Garnett, Arthur William (1829–1861), army officer and engineer, was born on 1 June 1829, the younger son of William Garnett (1793–1873) and his first wife, Ellen (d. 1829), daughter of Solomon Treasure. He was educated at Addiscombe College from 1844 to 1846, was commissioned second-lieutenant on 12 June 1846, and went to ...

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R. H. Vetch

revised by Roger T. Stearn

Kennedy, John Pitt (1796–1879), army officer and engineer, fourth son of John Pitt Kennedy, rector of Carn Donagh, co. Donegal, and afterwards of Balteagh, co. Londonderry, and Mary, only daughter of Thomas Cary of Loughash, co. Tyrone, was born at Donagh on 8 May 1796. ...

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Lovell, Thomas (d. in or after 1615), engineer and soldier, was probably from a family that farmed lands in Huntingdonshire and Norfolk (though he should not be confused with the prominent Norfolk gentleman Sir Thomas Lovell). In 1596 he recalled that he had served for thirty years in the wars of foreign countries, so he may have first fought for the Huguenots in the French wars of religion. In 1572 the ...

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Michell, Charles Cornwallis [formerly Charles Collier Michell] (1793–1851), army officer and engineer, was born at Exeter on 29 March 1793, the second son, fourth of six children, of Lieutenant Sampson Michell RN (1755–1809) and Ann (1765–1838), daughter of Samuel Shears MD, of ...

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Monash, Sir John (1865–1931), army officer and engineer, was born at Richhill Terrace in West Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, on 27 June 1865, eldest of the three children and only son of Louis Monash (1831–1894), a shopkeeper, and his wife, Bertha, née Manasse (1841–1885)...

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Sir John Monash (1865–1931) by Walter Stoneman, 1918 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Moncrieff, Sir Alexander (1829–1906), army officer and engineer, born at 27 George Square, Edinburgh, on 17 April 1829, was the eldest son of Captain Matthew Moncrieff of Culfargie, of the Madras army, and Isabella (d. 1880), daughter of Archibald Campbell. His father was a descendant of ...

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Moorsom, William Scarth (1804–1863), civil engineer and soldier, was born at Upper Stakesby, near Whitby, Yorkshire, the youngest of the four children of Admiral Sir Robert Moorsom (1760–1835) [see under Moorsom, Constantine Richard] and Eleanor (1765–1828), daughter of Thomas Scarth, of ...

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Palliser, Sir William (1830–1882), army officer and engineer, was the fifth and youngest son of Lieutenant-Colonel Wray Palliser (d. 1862) of the Waterford militia and Anne Gledstanes of co. Tipperary. He was born in Dublin on 18 June 1830, and was educated at ...

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Sir William Palliser (1830–1882) by R. & E. Taylor, pubd 1873 (after Bassano) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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R. H. Vetch

revised by Elizabeth Baigent

Pasley, Charles (1824–1890), army officer and engineer, the eldest son of General Sir Charles William Pasley (1780–1861), and his second wife, Martha Matilda Roberts (d. 1848), was born at Brompton barracks, Chatham, Kent, on 14 November 1824. He was educated at the ...

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Rolt, Anthony Peter Roylance [Tony] (1918–2008), soldier, racing driver, and engineer, was born on 16 October 1918 at Forest Lodge, Hollywater, Alton, Hampshire, the fourth child and only son of Brigadier-General Stuart Peter Rolt (1862–1933), army officer, and his wife, Evelyn Roylance, née...

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Skinner, Thomas Bridges Boucher (1804–1877), army officer and engineer, born at St John's, Newfoundland, on 22 May 1804, was the son of Lieutenant-Colonel William Thomas Skinner (d. 1829), of the Royal Artillery, and his second wife, Mary, daughter of Dr Monier of the ...