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Bell, Donald Simpson (1890–1916), schoolteacher, footballer, and soldier, was born in Harrogate, North Riding of Yorkshire, on 3 December 1890, the youngest son and fifth of the eight children of Smith Bell (b. 1860), a butcher, and his wife, Annie, née Simpson (...

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Sir Thomas Albert Blamey (1884–1951) by Ronald K. Monro, 1943 Australian War Memorial, negative number 054949

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Blamey, Sir Thomas Albert (1884–1951), army officer, was born at Lake Albert, New South Wales, Australia, on 24 January 1884, seventh of the ten children of Richard Henwood Blamey (b. 1846), a small farmer and droving contractor who had migrated from Cornwall...

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Bloomfield, Benjamin, first Baron Bloomfield (1768–1846), army officer and courtier, the only son of John Bloomfield, of Newport, co. Tipperary, a lieutenant in the Grenadier Guards, and his wife, Anne (d. 1828), daughter of Samuel Waller, barrister, and sister of Sir Robert Waller, baronet...

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Haime, John (bap. 1708, d. 1784), soldier and Methodist preacher, was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, and baptized at Holy Trinity Church in Shaftesbury on 18 February 1708 (though he gave the date of his birth as 1710 in his autobiography), the son of a gardener. He followed his father's occupation for several years, but disliked it; he left to work with his uncle as a button maker, first in ...

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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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Jones, Thomas [Tom] (1908–1990), trade unionist and Spanish republican volunteer, was born on 13 October 1908 in Ashton in Makerfield, Lancashire, the second of three children of William Jones, coalminer, and his wife, Mary Jones, a kitchen maid. His father had earlier left ...

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Sir Howard Karl Kippenberger (1897–1957) by unknown photographer, 1952 Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Matauranga o Aotearoa (PAColl-6075-56)

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Kippenberger, Sir Howard Karl (1897–1957), army officer, was born on 28 January 1897 at Ladbrooks, near Christchurch, New Zealand, the eldest son of Karl Kippenberger (1872–1952), a schoolteacher, and his wife, Annie Elizabeth Howard (1870?–1952). He was educated first at Ladbrooks School and ...

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Macdonogh, Sir George Mark Watson (1865–1942), army officer, was born on 4 March 1865, the son of George Valentine Macdonogh, deputy inspector of the Royal Naval Hospital, Greenwich. Macdonogh was commissioned lieutenant in the Royal Engineers on 5 July 1884. Of considerable intellectual ability and with a penetrating analytical mind, the diffident and taciturn ...

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Staniforth, Sampson (1720–1799), soldier and Methodist preacher, was born in December 1720 in Sheffield, Yorkshire, the son of a cutler. His parents had thirteen children, of whom only four lived to maturity. In the autobiography he wrote for John Wesley at the end of his life he said that no care was taken of his education and that he learned nothing of religion or morality; in this he was untypical of Methodist preachers. From fourteen to seventeen he was apprenticed to a baker; he was diligent in his work, but he fell into bad company and took to gaming. Late in 1739 he enlisted in the army, to his mother's distress (she had bought him off once before), and marched to ...

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Thomas Perronet Thompson (1783–1869) by Herbert Watkins, 1856 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Thompson, Thomas Perronet (1783–1869), army officer and politician, was born on 15 March 1783 at 17 Lowgate, Hull, eldest of the four children of Thomas Thompson and his wife, Philothea Perronet Thompson, née Briggs (1753–1823). His father was a banker and merchant, MP for ...

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Walter Daniel John Tull (1888–1918) by unknown photographer, c. 1910 courtesy of Mr Philip Vasili

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Tull, Walter Daniel John (1888–1918), footballer and army officer, was born on 28 April 1888 at 57 Walton Road, Folkestone, Kent, the fifth child of Daniel Tull (c.1856–1897) and his wife, Alice Elizabeth Palmer (c.1853–1895). Daniel, a carpenter, was born in ...