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Acton, Sir John Francis Edward, sixth baronet (1736–1811), naval officer and administrator in the Neapolitan service, descended from the Actons of Aldenham Hall, Shropshire, was born in Besançon, Franche Comté, France, in 1736 (baptized 3 June). His father, Dr Edward Acton (1709–1775), had settled there and married a local girl, ...

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Sir John Francis Edward Acton, sixth baronet (1736–1811) by Peter Eduard Ströhling, c. 1793 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Agar, Augustus Willington Shelton (1890–1968), naval officer, was born in Kandy, Ceylon, on 4 January 1890, the son of John Shelton Agar, an Irish tea planter from co. Kerry. He was the youngest of thirteen children, and his Austrian mother, whose maiden name was ...

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Barrett, John (bap. 1764, d. 1810), naval officer, son of Patrick and Elizabeth Barrett, was baptized at St Peter's, Dublin, on 27 May 1764. After going to sea first on 15 January 1780 as captain's servant in the Hannibal he served as able seaman and midshipman on that ship and the ...

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Campbell, Peter [Pedro] (1782–1832), soldier and first organizer of the Uruguayan naval force, was born in Ireland, probably in co. Tipperary, in 1782. No record survives of his formative years, and little is known of this period except that he was born in a Roman Catholic family and that in his youth he was apprenticed to a tanner. He enlisted as a sergeant in the first battalion of the ...

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Cheshire [née Lloyd], Dame Mary Kathleen (1902–1972), director of the Women's Royal Naval Service, was born on 31 May 1902 at 15 Sussex Gardens, Eastbourne, Sussex, the daughter of Aloysius Joseph Lloyd, a draper, and his wife, Annie, formerly Grant. She was educated at the Ursuline convent, ...

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Gretton, Sir Peter William (1912–1992), naval officer, was born on 27 August 1912 at Dalhousie, near Simla, India, the elder of the two sons of George Foster Gretton (1878–1950), a major in the Indian army who, after 1919, became an active joint partner of ...

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Russell Grenfell

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Harwood, Sir Henry Harwood (1888–1950), naval officer, was born in London on 19 January 1888, the son of Surtees Harwood Harwood, barrister, of Ashman's Hall, Beccles, Suffolk, and his wife, Mary Cecilia Ullathorne, a distant relative of Archbishop Ullathorne. He was educated at ...

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Sir Henry Harwood Harwood (1888–1950) by Walter Stoneman © National Portrait Gallery, London

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V. W. Baddeley

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Kerr, Lord Walter Talbot (1839–1927), naval officer, was born at Newbattle Abbey, Midlothian, on 28 September 1839, the fourth son of John William Robert Kerr, seventh marquess of Lothian (1794–1841), and his wife, Lady Cecil Chetwynd Talbot (1808–1877) [see Kerr, Cecil Chetwynd...

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Magennis [formerly McGinnes], James Joseph (1919–1986), submariner, was born on 27 October 1919 at 4 Majorca Street, west Belfast, the second son and third of the five children of William McGinnes and his wife, Mary Jane Murphy. His father was a Scottish-born itinerant musician who soon abandoned his wife and children, leaving ...

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Mathews, Dame Elvira Sibyl Maria [Vera] Laughton (1888–1959), director of the Women's Royal Naval Service, was born at 130 Sinclair Road, Hammersmith, Middlesex, on 25 September 1888, the daughter of Sir John Knox Laughton (1830–1915), naval instructor, and his second wife, Maria Josepha di Alberti (...

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Dame Elvira Sibyl Maria Laughton Mathews (1888–1959) by unknown photographer © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Miers, Sir Anthony Cecil Capel (1906–1985), naval officer and submariner, was born on 11 November 1906 at Birchwood, Inverness, the younger son and second of three children of Captain Douglas Nathaniel Carleton Capel Miers, Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders, who was killed in France...

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Monson, Sir William (1568?–1643), naval officer, was the third but second surviving son of Sir John Monson (d. 1593) of South Carlton, Lincolnshire, and Jane, daughter of Robert Dighton of Little Sturton, Lincolnshire. He was probably raised as a Catholic, as both he and his brothers, ...

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Strickland, Sir Roger (bap. 1640, d. 1717), naval officer and Jacobite sympathizer, was baptized on 2 February 1640 at Kendal, the second son of Walter Strickland (d. 1670×77) of Nateby Hall, Garstang, Lancashire, and his wife, Anne Croft (d. 1665×80). Walter Strickland...

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Troubridge, Sir Ernest Charles Thomas (1862–1926), naval officer, was born on 15 July 1862 at Hampstead, London, the third son of Colonel Sir Thomas St Vincent Hope Cochrane Troubridge, third baronet (1815–1867), and his wife, Louisa Jane (d. 1867), daughter of Daniel Gurney...

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Sir Ernest Charles Thomas Troubridge (1862–1926) by Bassano, 1912 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Walsh, Antoine Vincent, Jacobite first Earl Walsh (bap. 1703, d. 1763), Jacobite naval officer, was baptized on 22 January 1703 ns at St Malo in France, the third son of Philip Walsh (bap. 1666, d. 1708), a Waterford merchant who settled at ...