Claude Dansey

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Person.png Claude Dansey  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
Born10 September 1876
Kensington, England
Died11 June 1947 (Age 70)
Bath, England

Employment.png Assistant Chief of Secret Service

In office
1940 - 1942
The start and end dates are approximate.

Family background

Dansey was born in 1876 into a dysfunctional family of nine children, Dansey and his siblings were subjected to military discipline at the hands of their soldier father (Edward Mashiter Dansey), with punishments that included beatings even for minor misbehavior, their mother being an alcoholic. He was educated at Wellington College.


Dansey joined the British Army at the age of 20, serving in South Africa during the Boer War, because his father would not have allowed him any other vocation. He was recruited by MI5 and put in charge of "port intelligence" and the surveillance of civilian passengers during World War I. He began his career in intelligence in 1900, and remained active until his death. He was Assistant Chief of the Secret Service from around 1940[1] to 1942[2] and a member of the London Controlling Section.


  1. Keith Jeffery, MI6: The History of the Secret Intelligence Service 1909-1949, Bloomsbury, 2010, p.343.
  2. Philip H.J. Davies, MI6 and the Machinery of Spying, Frank Cass, 2004, p.180

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