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|The Man with a Hundred Faces|
|Birth name||Paul Henry Dukes|
|Born||10 February 1889
Bridgwater, Somerset, England, UK
|Died||27 August 1967
Cape Town, South Africa
|Parents||Rev. Edwin J. Dukes, Edith M. Dukes (née Pope)|
|Alma mater||Caterham School|
Born Paul Henry Dukes on 10 February 1889 in Bridgwater, Somerset, England, he was the son of a Congregationalist clergyman, Rev. Edwin J. Dukes, and his wife, the former Edith M. Pope. His brothers were the playwright Ashley Dukes and the physician Cuthbert Dukes. He was educated at Caterham School in England, and Petrograd Conservatoire in Russia.
As a young man he took a position as a language teacher in Riga, Latvia. He later moved to St. Petersburg, where he was a secret agent in Imperial Russia. During this time he worked at the Petrograd Conservatoire as a concert pianist and deputy conductor to Albert Coates. He set up elaborate plans to help prominent White Russians escape from Soviet prisons and smuggled hundreds of them into Finland.
Known as the "Man of a Hundred Faces," Dukes continued his use of disguises, which aided him in assuming a number of identities and gained him access to numerous Bolshevik organizations. He successfully infiltrated the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, the Comintern, and the political police, or CHEKA. Dukes also learned of the inner workings of the Politburo, and passed the information to British intelligence.
He returned to Britain a distinguished hero, and in 1920 was knighted by King George V, who called Dukes the "greatest of all soldiers." To this day, Dukes is the only person knighted based entirely on his exploits in espionage. He briefly returned to service in 1939, helping to locate a prominent Czech businessman who disappeared after the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia. He was also a leading figure in introducing yoga to the Western World.
His book Red Dusk and the Morrow chronicles the rise and fall of Bolshevism and he toured the world extensively giving lectures pertaining to this subject.
- Operation Kronstadt by Harry Ferguson, Hutchison, 2008
- "Mrs. M. S. Rutherfurd Wed To F. L. Sprague", The New York Times (New York City), 27 November 1939. Margaret was the daughter of Anne Harriman, the second wife of William Kissam Vanderbilt, and her second husband, Lewis Morris Rutherfurd, son of the astronomer Lewis Morris Rutherfurd. After divorcing Dukes, Margaret Rutherfurd successively married Charles Michel Joachim Napoléon, Prince Murat, and Frederick Leybourne Sprague.