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Ambroise (fl. 1188–1195), crusader and historian, was a Norman, possibly from the region of évreux. His Estoire de la guerre sainte is a unique vernacular eyewitness account of the third crusade, and perhaps 'the best source for the crusade of Richard' (...

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Basset, Peter (fl. 1415–1437), soldier and historian, was co-author of an incomplete account in French of English activities in France between the capture of Harfleur in 1415 and the raising of the siege of Orléans in May 1429. Only one manuscript of this work is known, in ...

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Batey [née Lever], Mavis Lilian (1921–2013), code-breaker and garden historian, was born on 5 May 1921 at 20 Crebor Street, Dulwich, London, the only daughter and younger child of Frederick (formerly Fred, later Stanley Frederick) Lever (1887/8–1971) and his wife, Lily Elizabeth, ...

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Bizzarri [Bizari], Pietro (b. 1525, d. in or after 1586), historian and spy, was born probably in Sassoferrato Castello (Marche), Italy, the son of Antonio Bizzarri, a soldier who died in 1528. He must also have lived in Perugia, hence his common description as ...

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John Adam Cramb (1861–1913) by unknown photographer, c. 1911 A & C Black Ltd / ? reserved

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Cramb [Cram], John Adam (1861–1913), historian and defence publicist, was born at Denny in Stirlingshire on 4 May 1861, the fourth child and second son of David Cram, who after failing in a photography and lithographic printing business worked as a carpenter, and of his wife, ...

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Cunningham, Joseph Davey (1812–1851), army officer in the East India Company and historian, was born in Lambeth on 9 June 1812, the eldest son of Allan Cunningham (1784–1842), Scottish poet and author, and his wife, Jean, née Walker (1791–1864). Among his brothers were ...

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Cust, Sir Edward, baronet (1794–1878), army officer, historian, and politician, sixth son of Brownlow Cust, first Baron Brownlow (1744–1807), and his second wife, Frances (1756–1847), née Bankes, and brother of John Cust, first Earl Brownlow, was born at 30 Hill Street, Berkeley Square, London...

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D'Auvergne, Edward (1665–1737), historian and army chaplain, belonged to the ancient D'Auvergne family of St Ouen, on the island of Jersey. He was the third son of Philip D'Auvergne (d. 1690) and Madeleine le Maistre (d. c.1712). At his baptism on 17 February 1665 he was presented by ...

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Davidson, Basil Craig Risbridger (1914–2010), special operations officer, journalist, and historian, was born Basil Craig Risbridger on 9 November 1914 at 23 Henleaze Road, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol, the son of Charles Edmund Risbridger (1866–1915), tailor, and his wife, Jessie, née Craig. He was nine months old when his father died; he acquired the surname ...

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Sir (Frederick) William Dampier Deakin (1913–2005) by Bassano, 1961 ? National Portrait Gallery, London

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Deakin, Sir (Frederick) William Dampier [Bill] (1913–2005), special operations officer, historian, and college head, was born on 3 July 1913 at 30 Temple Gardens, Golders Green, London, the elder son of Albert Whitney Deakin, motor engineer and farmer, and his wife, Bertha Mildred, ...

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Duff, James Cuninghame Grant (1789–1858), army officer in the East India Company and historian, was born on 8 July 1789 in Banff, the eldest son of John Grant (d. 1799) of Kincardine O'Neil and Margaret Miln Duff (d. 1824) of Eden...

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Fermor, Sir Patrick Michael [Paddy] Leigh (1915–2011), special operations officer and author, was born on 11 February 1915 at 20 Endsleigh Gardens, Bloomsbury, London, the younger child and only son of Sir Lewis Leigh Fermor (1880–1954), geologist, and his first wife, Muriel Aileen (otherwise Eileen or ?ileen), ...

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Sir Patrick Michael Leigh Fermor (1915–2011) by Joan Leigh Fermor, 1946 ? Patrick Fermor Archive, Trustees of the National Library of Scotland

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Fraser, Sir David William (1920–2012), army officer, historian, and novelist, was born on 30 December 1920 at Far End, Camberley, Surrey, the elder son of William Fraser (1890–1964), then a major in the Gordon Highlanders, later a brigadier in the Grenadier Guards, and his wife, ...

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Gainsford, Thomas (bap. 1566, d. 1624), soldier and historian, from a Surrey gentry family, was baptized on 16 December 1566, the son of Henry Gainsford (d. 1574), London goldsmith, and his wife, Mary Johnson. Gainsford has often been confused with other members of the ...

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Gordon, Thomas (1788–1841), soldier and historian, was born at Cairness on 8 December 1788, the eldest and only surviving son of Charles Gordon of Buthlaw and Cairness in Lonmay, Aberdeenshire, and his wife, Christian, daughter of Thomas Forbes of Ballogie. His father died in 1796 and his mother in 1801. From 1800 to 1804 he was at ...

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Graham, Gerald Sandford (1903–1988), imperial and naval historian, was born on 27 April 1903 in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, the son of Henry Sandford Graham (1868–1951), Presbyterian minister, and his wife, Florence Marion, née Chambers (1873–1961). The father, though born in Monmouth, was of Scottish descent, and the mother was an Irish Protestant....

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Henderson, George Francis Robert (1854–1903), army officer, historian, and military writer, was born on 2 June 1854 in St Helier, Jersey, the eldest of the fourteen children of William George Henderson (1819–1905), from 1884 dean of Carlisle, and his wife, Jane Melville (...