Vernon George

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty AR LLC PB00068179

Vernon George Waldegrave was born in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk back in 1873 to Waldegrave and Georgiana. He graduated from the Royal Military College in Sandhurst, assigned to the South Staffordshire Regiment in 1894.

He could speak German, Italian, French, Polish and the Chinese languages.  He was assigned to the intelligence staff in Tientsin, promoted to captain in 1901.

He retired from active duty in 1909 however, he remained in the reserves.  With the outbreak of WWI, he was recalled to active duty at the rank of lieutenant-colonel.  Before his death in 1942 he was promoted to the rank of major-general. 

What you may not know of Sir Vernon George Waldegrave Kell is that he was the founder and first director of the British Security Service which is also known as MI5.  Known simply as “K” he has been described as the Who’s Who in the War Department Constabulary.  Until tomorrow keep a smile on your face and a penny in your pocket


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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"Franklin MA Homes"

Good morning, James Dray thanks for another piece of history.... I hope I never have to take a history test.... OMG!

Oct 16, 2017 04:10 AM #1
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Wonder now what was the first in U.S. history.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Oct 16, 2017 04:15 AM #2
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker

Good morning James. Nice to be back to my morning history lessons. K was quite the guy! Enjoy your day 

Oct 16, 2017 04:21 AM #3
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - thanks for uncovering another little know person who made a big difference.

Oct 16, 2017 04:44 AM #4
Donald Urschalitz
One World Realty Inc. - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

I appears he had a lively life.

Oct 16, 2017 04:55 AM #5
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Thank you, James, for telling us about Sir Vernon George Waldegrave Kell.

Oct 16, 2017 04:57 AM #6
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Good Morning James Dray 

It is interesting to learn of the story behind the story of peoples lives

Oct 16, 2017 05:04 AM #7
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Hi James.  This is one man who I would not have wanted to piss off.

Oct 16, 2017 06:34 AM #8
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

James- what an interesting life he had!!! Thank you. 

Oct 16, 2017 06:35 AM #9
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

He definitely had an interesting life. Happy Monday.

Oct 16, 2017 07:01 AM #10
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Maybe a role model for M by Ian Fleming? Thanks for sharing your undercover work.

Oct 16, 2017 07:29 AM #11
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Wow that lot of different languages to learn back then.  I have a hard time with learn just two.

Oct 16, 2017 07:47 AM #12
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. I am always fascinated and impressed by those who speak many languages.

Oct 16, 2017 07:47 AM #13
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Hmm, I think I saw a movie once and the characters name was K, wonder if they were the same outfit.

Oct 16, 2017 01:53 PM #14
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - So now I know where the character "K" came from!  Thank you James.

Oct 16, 2017 02:21 PM #15
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,
RE/MAX Professionals. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

We don't often hear of these people by name James Dray 

I hope your week has started out great!

Oct 16, 2017 08:34 PM #16
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James how interesting on a side note I just finished reading a book about  the History of the CIA and the tangled web between the FBI and MI 6:)Endre

Oct 16, 2017 09:29 PM #17
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

WOW!  He could converse in 5 different languages.  I always had hoped I could speak in several languages, James.  I did study German, French, and Italian in college and through the years.  However the one I studied most was the dead language, Latin.  Loved it! Spent 6 years on that one.

Oct 17, 2017 09:43 AM #18
Corey Martin
Martin Presence Group - Ruston, LA
Real Estate and Management Solutions

He sounds like an amazing person. Thanks for another history lesson. 

Nov 14, 2017 12:34 PM #19
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