Brief biographical details of the other members of the London Controlling Section in the photograph

Major Derrick Morley

Joined the London Controlling Section March 1943 (7th full time member)
Banker and playboy pre-war and in later life one of DW’s closest friends.
Dedicatee of DW’s novel ‘The Sultan’s Daughter’

Major Neil Gordon Clark (1898-1985)

Joined the London Controlling Section March 1943 (6th full time member)
Served in the Royal Tank Corps in World War I. Co-head before the war of Matthew Clark & Sons, agent for Martell Brandies.

Major Harold Peteval (1900-1977)

Joined the London Controlling Section August 1942 (3rd full time member)
Too young to serve in World War I, before the war he was manager of a soap factory, and served under Bevan for two years in the early days of the war, being evacuated from Dunkirk.

Junior Commander Lady Jane Pleydall-Bouverie (14.9.23 to 21.7.06)

Eldest Daughter of 7th Earl Radnor. Married Richard Anthony Bethell. (Source : Ian Sayer).
Not referred to in ‘The Deception Planners’.

Colonel John Bevan (05.04.1894 – 12.1978)

Inaugural London Controlling Officer June 1942 - September 1945
Son of a Chairman of the London Stock Exchange, he won an MC in World War I.
After the War he was Chairman of the prestigious stockbroking firm of David A Bevan & Co. and was DW’s stockbroker.
According to the 2004 drama /documentary ‘Fooling Hitler’ (Tiger Aspect, 2004), in later life, Bevan became Privy Chancellor, overseeing the Royal Family’s finances. I have however so far been unable to verify this.
Dedicatee of DW’s novel ‘The Ka of Gifford Hillary’

Wing Commander Dennis Wheatley (08.01.1897 – 10.11.1977)

Deception Section of FOPS 12.1941 -05.1942
Along with Bevan one of the first two members of the London Controlling Section (served June 1942 – December 1944)

Lieutenant Colonel Ronald Wingate (4th member of LCS) (30.9.1899-31.08.1978)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ronald_Evelyn_Leslie_Wingate
Joined the London Controlling Section September 1942 (4th full time member)
(Appointed Deputy Controlling Officer in Dec 1942, and Controlling Officer in succession to Bevan Sept 1945)
Diplomat. Before the War he was Governor of Baluchistan.
Dedicatee of DW’s novel ‘Traitors Gate’

Commander James Arbuthnott (1894 - 1985)

Joined the London Controlling Section September 1942 (5th full time member)
Served in World War I and subsequently became Chief Executive of Scottish Lands, at the time the biggest tea plantation corporation in Ceylon.
He was also a director of Dickson Anderson & Co. (Tea Agency) London from 1947 until 1970 when he retired
(source : Ian Sayer)

Commander Alec Finter from Cairo (1900-1968)

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0278363/
Actor (Source : Ian Sayer)
Transferred to the London Controlling Section for 2 months in 1943 on an exchange suggested by Dudley Clarke. Finter later transferred to Eisenhower’s Allied Deception staff at Norfolk House.

Not in photograph:

Sir Reginald (‘Ralph’) Hoare (19.07.1882 – 12.08.1954)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reginald_Hoare
(8th full time member)
Son of Charles Hoare, Senior Partner of Bankers C.Hoare & Co
Envoy Extraordinary and Minister plenipotentiary to Persia in 1931
Envoy Extraordinary and Minister plenipotentiary to Rumania in 1934
Dedicatee of DW’s novel ‘Codeword Golden Fleece’

Professor Edward Neville da Costa Andrade (1887-1971)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Andrade
(Joined the London Controlling Section on part time attachment some time after Sir Reginald Hoare’s arrival)
Referred to, presumably in error, in ‘The Deception Planners’ as Professor H A de C (‘Percy’) Andrade, President of the Royal Society.
Among other things the inventor of the metal cricket which airborne forces used as a recognition signal on D-Day (source : Ian Sayer).

Captain Gordon Waterfield (24.05.1903 - 17.12.1989)


Author and broadcaster . A member of the London Controlling Section for a few months. (source : Ian Sayer).
Not mentioned in ‘The Deception Planners’.

Joan Eden

Private Secretary to the London Controlling Section