STORY BY SHARON ADAMS
William Samuel Clouston Stanger was born on Jan. 23, 1897, in Winnipeg.
He had a humble childhood, but was destined for greatness.
His birth parents gave him up for adoption because they couldn’t care for him. He took his adopted parents’ surname, Stephenson, and dropped out of school to become a telegrapher.
He eventually became a decorated First World War air ace, a business titan and a spymaster who set up the British espionage system in the Americas, schooled the United States in undercover operations and established a spy school in Canada.