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Captain Stephen Roskill was born in 1903 and educated at the Royal Naval Colleges of Osborne and Dartmouth. He commanded HMS Warspite at the beginning of the Second World War before being attached to the Naval Staff. After further sea service, he became Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence. He wrote the Official History of the Royal Navy in World War Two in four volumes, and knew Churchill and most of the Royal Navy officers about which he writes.