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Alexander Gordon Laing (1794–1826) by Samuel Freeman © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Laing, Alexander Gordon (1794–1826), army officer and explorer in Africa, was born in Edinburgh on 27 December 1794, the eldest son of William Laing, a schoolmaster and the founder of a classical academy in Edinburgh, and his wife, Margaret, the daughter of William Gordon...

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Macgregor, Sir Charles Metcalfe (1840–1887), army officer, explorer, and military strategist, was born at Agra on 12 September 1840, the second son of Robert Guthrie Macgregor and his wife, Alexina Watson, daughter of General Archibald Watson of the Bengal army. He had eight sisters and two brothers. ...

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Arthur John Byng Wavell (1882–1916) by unknown photographer, 1908 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Wavell, Arthur John Byng (1882–1916), army officer and explorer, was born on 27 May 1882 at 6 Neville Street, South Kensington, London, the first of four children (three sons and a daughter) of Colonel Arthur Henry Wavell (1836–1891) of the Welsh regiment, and ...

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Willoughby, Digby (1845–1901), soldier and adventurer, left England for South Africa in 1871 to seek his fortune. In the Zulu campaign of 1879 Willoughby was with the Natal native contingent, and was in command of the native mounted corps. He then for a time acted as auctioneer's assistant, subsequently becoming partner in the firm of ...