Niven served with the British commandos in World War II, leaving at war?s end with the rank of colonel? According to the BBC?s 2004 obituary of actor Peter Ustinov, Ustinov served as Niven?s batman (orderly) during World War II? Niven?s place of birth is uncertain. According to the official site of Niven?s estate, ?Some say he was born in Belgrave Mansions, Grosvenor Gardens in London, while others assert that he was born in Kirriemuir in Scotland.?
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