| James Marshall-Cornwall |
(soldier, linguist, spook)
|Born||27 May 1887|
|Died||25 December 1985 (Age 98)|
General Sir James Handyside Marshall-Cornwall KCB, CBE, DSO, MC was a British Army officer, linguist and Assistant Chief of Secret Service.
James Cornwall was born in India, only son of James Cornwall, the Postmaster General of United Provinces and his wife Agnes Hunter. He went to Rugby School and then the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich.
James Marshall-Cornwall joined the Intelligence Corps at Le Havre at the start of World War I. He distinguished himself and was posted to general headquarters in January 1916 with the rank of major. He was transferred to the War Office in 1918 and in 1919, Cornwall was sent to the peace conference in Paris, where he worked with Reginald Leeper and Harold Nicolson on the new boundaries of Europe.
He was wrote over 20 books, mainly on military history and strategy, including Foch as military commander, Grant as Military Commander, Napoleon as Military Commander and in 1984 a memoir, Wars and Rumours of War.
- General Sir James Marshall-Cornwall". The Times. 31 December 1985.
- MI6: The History of the Secret Intelligence Service 1909-1949, p.476
- New Statesman, 9 March 1990
- Philip H.J. Davies, MI6 and the Machinery of Spying, Frank Cass, 2004, p.180.