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Austin, John
1934
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
1937
Colonel in the Indian Army, he also flew Lysanders in the North African campaign in World War II

Bowater, William
1897
Lt-Col, RAMC; son of Sir William Bowater (1871). Compiled the Birmingham City Battalions Book of Honour in 1920.

Bradfield, Ernest W C
1898
Kt; Lieutenant-General; Director-General of the Indian Medical Service, Honorary Physician to the King.

Clarke, Matthew 
2001
Major in the British Army, serving in Afghanistan

Conolly, John
1847
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
1958
Military Attaché, Budapest.

Crowdy, Rupert
1928
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
1937
DSO; Brigadier; Military Attaché in Madrid (1974- ), Colonel of the Cheshire Regiment (1978).

Downes, John Alfred
1935
Soldier, ultimately Brevet Colonel; fought at El Alamein and won the MC at Alam el Halfa.

Godfrey, John H
1902
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
1916
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
1917
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
1916
Colonel.

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

Keen, Nicholas
1977
Lieutenant-Colonel in the Royal Signals, served in the British Army of the Rhine, later attached to NATO

Kekewich, R G
1867
CB; Major-General; Defender of Kimberley in Boer War; died of wounds 5 Nov 1914.

Lee, Oliver OBE
1991
Colonel in the Royal Marines, served in Afghanistan 

Lycett, Cyril Vernon Lechmere
1912
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
1984
Group Captain, served in Kosovo, Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan

Perry-Keene, Allan LA
1916
Air Vice Marshal; Air Commander, Royal Pakistan Air Force (1947-49).

Roberts, Cedric K
1936
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
1905
Colonel.

Saundby, Robert
1914
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
1910
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
1936
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
1939
DSO, DFC, Group Captain, Administration at HQ Near East Air Force, Cyprus 1969.

Vyse, Richard
1762
Commander of the 1st Dragoon Guards in Flanders (1784); Major-General (1794); General (1812); Controller to the Duke of Cumberland.

Walker, Eric Sherbrooke
1905
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
1912
Air Commodore, RAF.