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Friday, November 5, 2010

KELL, VERNON

An Irish-born officer in the South Staffordshire Regiment who had reported on the Boxer Rebellion for the Daily Telegraph, Major Kell was appointed head of the Home Department of the Secret Service Bureau in August 1909. This would later acquire the cover military intelligence designation MI5, and the organization would be led by Kell until his dismissal by  Winston Churchill in May 1940.