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Alexander, (Conel) Hugh O'Donel (1909–1974), chess player and cryptanalyst  

Harry Golombek

revised by Ralph Erskine

Alexander, (Conel) Hugh O'Donel (1909–1974), chess player and cryptanalyst, was born in Cork on 19 April 1909, the eldest of four children of Conel William Long Alexander (1879–1920), professor of engineering at University College, Cork, and his wife, Hilda Barbara Bennett (1881–1964), of ...

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Ansell, Sir Michael Picton (1905–1994), army officer and showjumping administrator  

Wray Vamplew

Ansell, Sir Michael Picton (1905–1994), army officer and showjumping administrator, was born at The Curragh, co. Kildare, Ireland, on 26 March 1905, the son of George Kirkpatrick Ansell (d. 1914), then a major (later lieutenant-colonel) in the 6th dragoons, and his wife, ...

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Barry, Sir (Philip) Stuart Milner- (1906–1995), code-breaker and chess player  

Ralph Erskine

Barry, Sir (Philip) Stuart Milner- (1906–1995), code-breaker and chess player, was born on 20 September 1906 in Hendon, London, the second youngest of six children (five sons and one daughter) of Edward Leopold Milner-Barry, a schoolteacher (later professor of modern languages at the ...

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Bell, Donald Simpson (1890–1916), schoolteacher, footballer, and soldier  

Helen Snelson

Bell, Donald Simpson (1890–1916), schoolteacher, footballer, and soldier, was born in Harrogate, North Riding of Yorkshire, on 3 December 1890, the youngest son and fifth of the eight children of Smith Bell (1859–1838), a butcher, and his wife, Annie, née Simpson...

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Bruce, Charles Granville (1866–1939)  

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Charles Granville Bruce (1866–1939) by George Percy Jacomb-Hood, 1913 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bruce, Charles Granville (1866–1939), army officer and mountaineer  

Kenneth Mason

revised by Peter H. Hansen

Bruce, Charles Granville (1866–1939), army officer and mountaineer, was born in London on 7 April 1866, the youngest son of Henry Austin Bruce, first Baron Aberdare (1815–1895), politician, and his second wife, Nora Creina Blanche (d. 1897), youngest daughter of Lieutenant-General Sir William Napier...

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Bury, Charles Kenneth Howard- (1883–1963), mountaineer and army officer  

Marian Keaney

Bury, Charles Kenneth Howard- (1883–1963), mountaineer and army officer, was born at Charleville Castle, King's county, Ireland, on 15 August 1883, the only son of Captain Kenneth Howard-Bury (1846–1885), army officer, and his wife, Lady Emily Alfreda Julia (1856–1931), youngest daughter of Charles William Bury, ...

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Byerley, Robert (bap. 1660, d. 1714), racehorse owner, army officer, and politician  

Anne M. Peters

Byerley, Robert (bap. 1660, d. 1714), racehorse owner, army officer, and politician, was baptized on 27 March 1660, the fourth (but second surviving) son of Anthony Byerley (bap. 1619, d. 1667), landowner, of Middridge Grange, Heighington, co. Durham, and his wife, Anne (...

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Chacksfield, Sir Bernard Albert (1913–1999), air force officer and chief scout  

Brian Wimborne

Chacksfield, Sir Bernard Albert (1913–1999), air force officer and chief scout, was born at 28 Khartoum Road, Ilford, Essex, on 13 April 1913, son of Edgar Chacksfield, printers' reader, and his wife, Alice Annie, née Fairbeard. He was educated at Ilford county high school...

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Chamberlain, Sir Neville Francis Fitzgerald (1856–1944), army officer and inventor of snooker  

T. R. Moreman

Chamberlain, Sir Neville Francis Fitzgerald (1856–1944), army officer and inventor of snooker, was born at Upton Park, Upton, Buckinghamshire, on 13 January 1856, the only son of Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Francis Falcon Chamberlain (1826–1879), an Indian army officer, and his wife, Marianne Ormsby Drury...

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Chisholm, Archibald Macra (1824–1897), army officer and shinty player  

Hugh D. MacLennan

Chisholm, Archibald Macra (1824–1897), army officer and shinty player, was born on 5 July 1824 at Taewig on the banks of the River Glass, in Strathglass, in the parish of Kilmorack, Inverness-shire, the eldest son of Dr Stewart Chisholm (d. 1862), deputy inspector-general of ...

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Cokayne, Sir Thomas (1519–1592), soldier and huntsman  

Stephen Wright

Cokayne, Sir Thomas (1519–1592), soldier and huntsman, was the son of Francis Cokayne of the family of Cockaine, which for generations had owned estates at Ashbourne, Derbyshire, and his wife, Dorothy Marrow. Brought up in the household of Francis Talbot, fifth earl of Shrewsbury...

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Finlay, Donald Osborne [Don] (1909–1970), athlete and air force officer  

Tony Mason

Finlay, Donald Osborne [Don] (1909–1970), athlete and air force officer, was born Donald Finlay Osborne at 84 Shelbourne Road, Bournemouth, Hampshire, on 27 May 1909, the son of Keziah Jane Osborne (1873/4–1956), a forewoman at a coach factory. His father, not named on the birth certificate, was ...

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Finlay, Donald Osborne (1909–1970)  

Maker: A. Hudson

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Donald Osborne Finlay (1909–1970) by A. Hudson, 1937 © Getty Images

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Harvey, Charles Barnet Cameron [Roscoe] (1900–1996), army officer and racing administrator  

Wray Vamplew

Harvey, Charles Barnet Cameron [Roscoe] (1900–1996), army officer and racing administrator, was born on 19 July 1900 in Sarawak, the son of Charles David Harvey, merchant of the Borneo Company. Following his father's death in 1901 he came to England with his mother. She rode to hounds with the ...

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Horniblow, Philip James (1928–2020), army officer, medical administrator, and mountaineer  

Dawn Robertson

Horniblow, Philip James (1928–2020), army officer, medical administrator, and mountaineer, was born on 19 May 1928 at 9 Devonshire Place, Eastbourne, Sussex, the son of Arthur James Horniblow (1890–1964), dental surgeon, and his wife, Julia, née Miller-Wilson (1891–1954). He had one sister, ...

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Jackson, Arnold Nugent Strode Strode- (1891–1972)  

Maker: Bassano

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Arnold Nugent Strode Strode- Jackson (1891–1972) by Bassano, 1915 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Jackson, Arnold Nugent Strode Strode- (1891–1972), athlete and army officer  

Ian Buchanan

Jackson, Arnold Nugent Strode Strode- (1891–1972), athlete and army officer, was born on 5 April 1891 at The Hucket, Addlestone, Surrey, the son of Morton Strode Jackson (1848–1913), assistant secretary to the Inland Revenue, London, and his wife, (Edith Rosine) Diana Martin, a miniature portrait painter. He was educated at ...