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Austin, John
Squadron Leader, RAF; long-serving special duties pilot in World War II, taking part in bombing raids over Germany and dropping supplies to Resistance movements in eight countries; awarded DFC and Bar, Croix de Guerre, Dutch Flying Cross and a Polish decoration.

Ball, Dennis
Colonel in the Indian Army, he also flew Lysanders in the North African campaign in World War II

Bowater, William
Lt-Col, RAMC; son of Sir William Bowater (1871). Compiled the Birmingham City Battalions Book of Honour in 1920.

Bradfield, Ernest W C
Kt; Lieutenant-General; Director-General of the Indian Medical Service, Honorary Physician to the King.

Clarke, Matthew 
Major in the British Army, serving in Afghanistan

Conolly, John
Lieut-Col; a boarder in Prince Lee's house; with the 49th Foot in the Crimea, fought at the Battle of the Alma, at Sebastopol, and won the VC on 26 October 1854, the day after Balaclava; later Major and then Lt-Col in the Coldstream Guards. After leaving the army, he was an assistant police commissioner and then a magistrate in Ireland.

Cowie, A
Military Attaché, Budapest.

Crowdy, Rupert
Brigadier; served in Indian Army, then in British Army of the Rhine; awarded the OBE for his part in the Berlin Airlift (1949).

Dauncey, Michael D K
DSO; Brigadier; Military Attaché in Madrid (1974- ), Colonel of the Cheshire Regiment (1978).

Downes, John Alfred
Soldier, ultimately Brevet Colonel; fought at El Alamein and won the MC at Alam el Halfa.

Godfrey, John H
Naval Officer, Director of Naval Intelligence 1939-1943; Ian Fleming, who worked in his department, used him as the model for 'M' in the James Bond novels.

Guest, Charles Edward Neville
Kt; KBE; CB; Air Marshal.

Hands, Charles
19th C
War correspondent for the Daily Mail, wounded while with the relieving forces on their way to Mafeking.

James, Edward Antrobus
Brigadier; served in the Second World War; awarded the OBE for his services in 1944-1945; appointed Deputy Lieutenant for Warwickshire (1945); made Justice of the Peace (1951); author of First World War texts, including The British Armies in France & Belgium1914-18.    

Johnson, T W M

Johnstone, James
19th C
Kt; soldier, serving in the Indian Mutiny, eventually Major-General, remembered in connection with Kohima Relief Expedition; KCSI.

Keen, Nicholas
Lieutenant-Colonel in the Royal Signals, served in the British Army of the Rhine, later attached to NATO

Kekewich, R G
CB; Major-General; Defender of Kimberley in Boer War; died of wounds 5 Nov 1914.

Lee, Oliver OBE
Colonel in the Royal Marines, served in Afghanistan 

Lycett, Cyril Vernon Lechmere
Brigadier, Director of Signals and Intelligence, India and South East Asia, 1945-46, serving under Lord Mountbatten.

Manifold, J F
19th C
Soldier, fought in the Boer War, in Ladysmith during the siege; ultimately Lt-Col.

Mason, Richard D OBE
Group Captain, served in Kosovo, Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan

Perry-Keene, Allan LA
Air Vice Marshal; Air Commander, Royal Pakistan Air Force (1947-49).

Roberts, Cedric K
DSO; CB; Rear Admiral 'Chico' Roberts, Royal Navy (1967). One of the Royal Navy's most experienced aviators, saw action in the Second World War and the Korean War.

Sanders, H J

Saundby, Robert
Kt; Air Marshal; KBE, KCB; awarded the MC in 1917 for destroying a German Airship off Harwich, and the DFC in 1926 for services in Aden; Deputy AOC in C, Bomber Command (1943-1945).

Slim, William
Viscount: KG; GCB; GCMG; GCVO; GBE; DSO; MC; Field - Marshal; Victor of Burma (as Commander in Chief of the Allied Land Forces in South East Asia); Governor-General of Australia (1953-1960)

Smallwood, Denis Graham
Kt; GBE; KCB; DSO; DFC; Air Chief Marshal; C-in-C RAF Strike Command (1974); C-in-C RAF in the UK (1975-1976).

South, Gerry
DSO, DFC, Group Captain, Administration at HQ Near East Air Force, Cyprus 1969.

Vyse, Richard
Commander of the 1st Dragoon Guards in Flanders (1784); Major-General (1794); General (1812); Controller to the Duke of Cumberland.

Walker, Eric Sherbrooke
Hotelier and founder of the Outspan Hotel and Treetops Hotel in Kenya, as well as a decorated military officer. Remembered as the host of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip when they visited Treetops in 1952. Was held as a prisoner of war in Germany during World War One and is said to have made 36 attempts to escape. Apparently, on one occasion, a German girlfriend helped them by supplying wire cutters provided by Baden-Powell hidden inside a piece of ham!

Wansbrough, R C
Air Commodore, RAF.