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Ellis Ashmead- Bartlett (1881–1931) by George Charles Beresford, 1909 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bartlett, Ellis Ashmead- (1881–1931), war correspondent, was born at 57 Grosvenor Street, London, on 11 February 1881, the eldest son of Sir Ellis Ashmead Bartlett (1849–1902), a Conservative MP, and his wife, Frances Christina, née Walsh (1851/2–1929). The family mixed in and scandalized high society. His uncle ...

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Beaton, (Donald) Leonard (1929–1971), journalist and strategic analyst, was born on 20 June 1929 in Montreal, the son of John W. Beaton. He was educated in Montreal, at Westmount high school, and at McGill University, where he took an honours degree in economics and in political science. In 1950 he entered ...

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Burleigh, Bennet Gordon (c. 1840–1914), journalist and soldier, was born in Glasgow. Little is known about his early life: in his later years he concealed his age, and his father has been variously described as a timber merchant and as a master mechanic. At the time of the Civil War, ...

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Falls, Cyril Bentham (1888–1971), military historian and journalist, was born in Dublin on 2 March 1888, the elder son in the family of three children of Sir Charles Fausset Falls (1860–1936), who represented Fermanagh and Tyrone at Westminster from 1924 to 1929, and his wife, ...

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Gillard, Francis George [Frank] (1908–1998), broadcaster and war correspondent, was born on 1 December 1908 at 20 Silver Street, Tiverton, Devon, the elder child and only son of Francis Henry Gillard (c.1880–1953), master butcher, and his wife, Emily Jane, née Burridge (1882–1958)...

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Jackson, William [pseud. Scrutineer] (1737?–1795), journalist and spy, was born in Dublin, the son of an officer in the prerogative court. After studying at Oxford he was ordained and he moved to London, where he acted as a curate at St Mary-le-Strand...

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Sir John Desmond Patrick Keegan (1934–2012) by unknown photographer, 2008 Rex Features

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Keegan, Sir John Desmond Patrick (1934–2012), military historian and journalist, was born on 15 May 1934 at 18a Cedars Road, Clapham, London, the eldest child of Francis Joseph Keegan (1898–1974) and his wife, Eileen Mary, née Bridgman (1911–2002). At the time of his birth registration his parents lived at ...

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Kemp, Peter Mant MacIntyre (1915–1993), intelligence officer and journalist, was born on 19 August 1915 in Bombay, India, the younger son of Sir Norman Wright Kemp (d. 1937), chief judge of the small cause court and later chief judge of the high court...

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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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Rose, Eliot Joseph Benn [Jim] (1909–1999), intelligence officer and journalist, was born Eliot Joseph Benn Rosenheim on 7 June 1909 at 43 Palace Gardens Terrace, Kensington, London, in the family of two sons and two daughters of Ernest Albert Rosenheim, later Rose (1879–1976)...

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Somerville, Alexander (1811–1885), journalist and soldier, was born on 15 March 1811, at Springfield, Oldhamstocks, East Lothian, the youngest of eleven children of James Somerville, a farm labourer, and Mary Orkney, who before marriage had been a servant in a farmer's house. Somerville...

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Steer, George Lowther (1909–1944), journalist and army intelligence officer, was born on 22 November 1909 at Mrs Wheeler's Nursing Home, Alexandra Road, Cambridge, East London, Cape Colony, South Africa, the only child of Bernard Augustine Steer (1880–1952), newspaper manager, and his wife, Emma Cecilia Armitage Nutt (1884–1960)...

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Sir James Richard Thursfield (1840–1923) by unknown photographer © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Thursfield, Sir James Richard (1840–1923), naval historian and journalist, was born at Kidderminster on 16 November 1840, the younger son of Thomas Thursfield MRCS, and his wife, Sarah, daughter of Thomas Pardoe. On his father's death in 1855, the family moved to London...

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Winn, Rowland Denys Guy, fourth Baron St Oswald (1916–1984), war correspondent and army officer, was born on 19 September 1916 in London, the elder son (there were no daughters) of Rowland George Winn, third Baron St Oswald (1893–1957), and his wife, Evie Carew...