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Beake, Robert (d. 1708), local politician and army officer, is of obscure origins. Having served his apprenticeship, by 1642 he had established himself as a member of the Coventry Drapers' Company. On the outbreak of civil war he raised a regiment for parliament...


James, Walter Haweis (1847–1927), army officer, politician, and military writer, was born on 9 July 1847, the youngest son of H. C. James and his wife, Elizabeth Jane, née Page. The family home was Bushmead Hall, Bedford. Educated privately, James entered the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich...


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Le Mesurier, John (1781–1843), army officer and governor of Alderney, was the eldest son of Governor Peter Le Mesurier (d. 1803) and grandson of Governor John Le Mesurier (d. 1793). Alderman Le Mesurier and Commissary Havilland Le Mesurier were his uncles. He was appointed ensign in 1794 in the ...