James Marshall-Cornwall

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Person.png James Marshall-Cornwall  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(soldier, linguist, spook)
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Born27 May 1887
Died25 December 1985 (Age 98)
Deputy Head of MI6

Employment.png Assistant Chief of Secret Service

In office
29 March 1943 - 1945
Marshall-Cornwall reportedly had a tendency to bypass existing arrangements.

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.

Intelligence Career

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.[1] 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 apparently dismissed in the autumn of 1942 and spent the rest of World War II with the Special Operations Executive and MI6, attempting to promote better relations between them.[2]

He retired from the army in 1943[3]. He was an old friend of Stewart Menzies, who appointed him Assistant Chief of Secret Service on 29 March 1943[4][5] a job he held until 1945.[6]


He was wrote over 20 books[7], mainly on military history and strategy, including Foch as military commander[8], Grant as Military Commander, Napoleon as Military Commander[9] and in 1984 a memoir, Wars and Rumours of War.[3]

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