Sir Brian Urquhart, Arnhem intelligence officer and ‘Blue Helmet’ founder, dies

FAR LEFT BRITISH SOLDIERS HAND OVER TO DANISH UN PEACEKEEPERS IN EL CAP, EGYPT, IN DECEMBER 1956. THE AFTERMATH OF THE SUEZ CRISIS HERALDED THE FIRST DEPLOYMENT OF THE PEACEKEEPERS 
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LEFT FRENCH UN TROOPS PASS ISRAELI SOLDIERS IN LEBANON, SEPTEMBER 2006. PEACEKEEPERS CONTINUE TO DEPLOY TO TROUBLE SPOTS FOLLOWING CONFLICT, INSTABILITY AND NATURAL DISASTER 
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Pragmatic UN giant, reformer and intelligence officer Sir Brian Urquhart died at his home in Massachusetts on January 2, 2021, his family confirmed. 

Born in Bridport, Dorset, on February 28, 1919, Brian Edward Urquhart attended Badminton and Westminster Schools before attending Oxford University in 1937. He quit his studies in 1939, joining the army and commissioning in the 5th Battalion, Dorset Regiment, part of 130th Brigade, 43rd (Wessex) Infantry Division, working as an intelligence officer at brigade HQ.

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