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Brooks, Anthony Morris [Tony] (1922–2007), special operations and intelligence officer, was born on 4 April 1922 at The Cottage, Orsett, Essex, the son of Douglas Charles Morris Brooks, construction engineer and businessman, and his wife, Beryl, née Anderson. His father had undertaken secret missions during the First World War, though ...

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Anthony Morris Brooks (1922–2007) by unknown photographer © reserved

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Chandler, Sir Geoffrey (1922–2011), special operations officer, businessman, and human rights campaigner, was born on 15 November 1922 at 4 Downshire Hill, Hampstead, London, the son of Frederick George Chandler (1886–1942), senior physician to the London Chest Hospital and one of the leading chest physicians of his day, and his wife, ...

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Clark, Sir Robert Anthony [Bob] (1924–2013), special operations officer, solicitor, and businessman, was born at 29 Chandos Road, East Finchley, London, on 6 January 1924, the younger son of John Anthony (Jack) Clark, mechanical engineer, and his wife, Gladys Evelyn Mary, née Dyer (1891–1970)...

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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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Grand, Lawrence Douglas (1898–1975), soldier and intelligence officer, was born on 10 August 1898 at 7 Rose Lane, Wavertree, Liverpool, the elder son of Douglas Henry Grand of Beckenham, a commission merchant, and his wife, Emma Gertrude Chamberlain. He left the sixth form at ...

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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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Sir Stephen Lewis Edmonstone Hastings (1921–2005) by Bassano, 1948 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hastings, Sir Stephen Lewis Edmonstone (1921–2005), politician, was born on 4 May 1921, at 13 Washington House, Basil Street, Knightsbridge, London, the only son of Major Lewis Aloysius Macdonald Hastings (1880–1966) and his wife, Meriel Eda St John (1888–1971), daughter of Neil Edmonstone...

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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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Jackson, Margaret Wallace (1917–2013), Special Operations Executive secretary and civil servant, was born on 15 January 1917 at 18 Marlborough Place, St John's Wood, London, the second of the four daughters of Thomas Frame (Tom) Jackson (1886–1934), manager of the Atlas Light and Power Company...

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

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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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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...