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Crawford, John Scott (1889–1978), army officer and military supplies administrator, was born on 6 February 1889 at 13 Clifton Road, West Derby, Lancashire, the son of John Paton Crawford, an assistant manager at a marine engine works, and his wife, Ellen Edith Scott...


Purvis, Arthur Blaikie (1890–1941), industrialist and buyer of war supplies, was born in London on 31 March 1890, the son of William Blaikie Purvis, a commercial clerk, of Perth, Scotland, and his wife, Annie Maria Baker. He was educated at Tottenham grammar school...


Basil Zaharoff (1849–1936) by unknown photographer © reserved; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London


Zaharoff, Basil [formerly Zacharias Basileios Zacharoff] (1849–1936), arms dealer, was born on 6 October 1849 at Muğla, Anatolia, the only son and eldest of the four children of Basilius Zacharoff (d. 1878) of Constantinople, a notary, commodity dealer, and importer of attar of roses, and his (reportedly blind) wife, ...