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Benson, Sir Reginald Lindsay [Rex] (1889–1968), army officer and merchant banker, was born on 20 August 1889 at 16 South Street, Mayfair, London, the second of the five children of Robert Henry Benson (1850–1929), merchant banker and art collector, and his wife, Evelyn Mary (1856–1943)...

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Bevan, John Henry (1894–1978), intelligence officer and stockbroker, was born on 5 April 1894, at 4 Lower Berkeley Street, London, the younger son of David Augustus Bevan (1856–1937), stockbroker, and his wife, the Hon. Dame Maude Elizabeth Bevan (1856–1944). Educated at Eton College...

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Casson, John (1909–1999), naval officer and management consultant, was born on 28 October 1909 at 75 St George's Square, Pimlico, London, the first of the four children of Sir Lewis Thomas Casson (1875–1969), the actor–manager, and his wife, Dame (Agnes) Sybil Thorndike (1882–1976)...

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Dawnay, Guy Payan (1878–1952), army officer and merchant banker, was born on 23 March 1878 at St James's Palace, London, the eldest child of Lieutenant-Colonel the Hon. Lewis Payan Dawnay (1846–1910), MP for Thirsk and Malton from 1880 to 1892, of Beningbrough Hall, Yorkshire...

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Hambro, Sir Charles Jocelyn (1897–1963), merchant banker and intelligence officer, was born on 3 October 1897 at 70 Prince's Gate, London, into a banking family of Danish origin, which had settled in Dorset and the City in the first half of the nineteenth century. He was the elder son of ...

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Horton, (James) Africanus Beale (1835–1883), army medical officer and political economist, was born in Gloucester village, Sierra Leone, on 1 June 1835, the son of James Horton (c.1791–1867), a carpenter, and his wife, Nancy. Both were of Igbo descent, members of the recaptive community, liberated there from slavery. ...

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Hozier, Sir Henry Montague (1838–1907), army officer and business administrator, was born on 20 March 1838, at St Enoch's Hall, Bothwell, Lanarkshire, fifth son of James Hozier (1791–1878), landowner and barrister, later of Newlands, Glasgow, and Mauldslie Castle, Lanarkshire, and his wife, Catherine Margaret (...

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Johnson, Sir Frank William Frederick (1866–1943), entrepreneur and army officer, was born at Watlington, near Downham Market, Norfolk, on 21 June 1866, the son of Frederick William Johnson (bap. 1819, d. 1879) MRCS LSA, general practitioner of Watlington—the son of William Johnson...

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Kindersley, Hugh Kenyon Molesworth, second Baron Kindersley (1899–1976), merchant banker and soldier, was born at 20 Egerton Terrace, London, on 7 May 1899, the second son and second child in the family of four sons and two daughters of Robert Molesworth Kindersley, first Baron Kindersley...

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Maude, Francis Cornwallis (1828–1900), army officer and entrepreneur, was born on 28 October 1828 at Sussex Place, Regent's Park, London, the eldest son of Francis Maude (1798–1886), a captain in the Royal Navy and the youngest son of Cornwallis Maude, first Viscount Hawarden in the Irish peerage...

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Maxwell, Sir Arthur (1875–1935), banker and army officer, was born in Belfast, the son of William Maxwell. He was educated in Dublin and entered the civil service in 1893, and then transferred to the Post Office. In 1901 he married Eva, younger daughter of ...

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North, Roger (1588–1652/3), soldier and projector of the Amazon Company, was the third child of Sir John North (c. 1550–1597), of Kirtling, Cambridgeshire, soldier and politician, and his wife, Dorothy, daughter of Sir Valentine Dale. Roger North, second Baron North, was his grandfather, and ...

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Pateman, Jack Edward (1921–2004), aviation engineer and businessman, was born on 29 November 1921 in West Somerton, Norfolk, the son of William Edward Pateman, head gamekeeper, and his wife, Lucy Varley, née Jetten. After attending Great Yarmouth grammar school he served in the ...

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Peel, Sir Sidney Cornwallis, baronet (1870–1938), soldier and financier, was born on 3 June 1870, at 70 Eaton Place, Pimlico, London, the third son of Arthur Wellesley Peel, first Viscount Peel (1829–1912), and his wife, Adelaide (d. 1890), daughter of William Stratford Dugdale...

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Philipps, Sir Ivor (1861–1940), army officer and businessman, was born on 9 September 1861 at the vicarage in Warminster, the second of six sons of James Erasmus Philipps, twelfth baronet (1824–1912), vicar of Warminster, and his wife, Mary Margaret (d. 1913), eldest daughter of ...

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Sir Ivor Philipps (1861–1940) by Walter Stoneman, 1918 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Arthur Joseph Hungerford Pollen (1866–1937) by unknown photographer © reserved; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Pollen, Arthur Joseph Hungerford (1866–1937), expert on gunnery and businessman, was born on 13 September 1866 in Southwater, Sussex, the eighth child and sixth son in the family of eight sons and two daughters of John Hungerford Pollen (1820–1902), artist and author, a Tractarian who had followed ...

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Robins, Thomas Ellis, Baron Robins (1884–1962), businessman and soldier, was born on 31 October 1884 in Philadelphia, USA, the son of Major Robert P. Robins of the United States Army, and his wife, Mary, daughter of Thomas de la Roche Ellis. He was educated privately and at the ...

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Stern, Sir Albert Gerald (1878–1966), banker and developer of armoured tank construction, was born on 24 September 1878, at 42 Prince's Gate, Knightsbridge, London, the second son of James Julius Stern (1835–1901) [see under Stern family], senior partner of Stern Brothers...