Darbyshire served in the Special Operations Executive during World War Two. After the war he worked for MI6 in Iran with Robin Zehner. They travelled to Jerusalem to set up a radio station broadcasting to Iran, using the premises of Sharq al-Adna.
- NameBase DARBYSHIRE NORMAN MATTHEW
- Stephen Dorril, MI6: Inside the Covert World of Her Majesty's Secret Intelligence Service, Fourth Estate Limited, 2000, p.537.