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Thomas Edward Lawrence [Lawrence of Arabia] (1888–1935) by Augustus John, 1919 © courtesy the Artist's Estate / Bridgeman Art Library; photograph Tate, London

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Lawrence, Thomas Edward [known as Lawrence of Arabia] (1888–1935), intelligence officer and author, was born on 16 August 1888 at Woodlands, Tremadoc, Caernarvonshire, the second of the five sons of Thomas Robert Tighe Chapman (1846–1919), an Anglo-Irish landowner, and his mistress, Sarah Junner (1861–1959)...

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McLachlan, Donald Harvey (1908–1971), journalist and intelligence officer, was born in London at Flat 6, 23 Cathcart Hill, Islington, on 25 September 1908, the only child of David James McLachlan, a hotel manager, and his wife, Elizabeth Hine. From the City of London School...

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Sams, Eric Sydney Charles (1926–2004), musicologist and literary scholar, was born at 3 Cedars Avenue, Walthamstow, Essex, on 3 May 1926, the only child of Henry Sydney Sams (1897–1968), a petty officer in the Royal Navy, and later a clerical officer in the ...

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Strachey, Oliver (1874–1960), cryptanalyst, was born on 3 November 1874 at Stowey House, Clapham Common, London, the third son among the thirteen children of Sir Richard Strachey (1817–1908), public works secretary, India, and former lieutenant-general in the Royal Engineers, and his wife, Jane Maria Strachey, ...

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Vevers, (Henry) Gwynne (1916–1988), marine biologist and intelligence officer, was born on 13 November 1916 at Girvan, Ayrshire, the elder son of Geoffrey Marr Vevers and Catherine Rigby, née Andrews, from Ayrshire. Gwynne Vevers's zoological and popularizing bent were dictated by his education and by his father's interests. ...

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Williams, Sir Edgar Trevor [Bill] (1912–1995), intelligence officer and historian, was born on 20 November 1912 at 30 Maidstone Road, Chatham, Kent, the second of three children and elder son of the Revd (Joseph) Edgar Williams (1877–1938), minister of Ebenezer Congregational Church, and his wife, ...