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Beckett, Allan Harry (1914–2005), engineer, was born on 4 March 1914 at 294 Central Park Road, East Ham, London, the son of George William Harry Beckett, accounting clerk, and his wife, Emma Louise, née Stokes. He was originally given the first name Basil...

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Brown, Sir Samuel (1776–1852), civil engineer and naval officer, was born in London, the eldest son of William Brown of Borland, Galloway, and his wife, a daughter of the Revd Robert Hogg, of Roxburgh. Brown entered the navy as an able seaman in June 1795, serving with distinction during the Napoleonic wars from that year. He was commissioned in 1800 and, as lieutenant on the ...

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Sir Arthur Thomas Cotton (1803–1899) by Sir William Hamo Thornycroft, 1880 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Cotton, Sir Arthur Thomas (1803–1899), army officer and irrigation engineer, was born on 15 May 1803 at Woodcote, Oxfordshire, the ninth son of Henry Calveley Cotton (d. 1837) of Woodcote House, who served in the royal guards (postal service), and his wife, ...

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Henderson, Sir Brodie Haldane (1869–1936), civil and military engineer, was born on 6 March 1869 at 24 Denmark Villas, Ealing, Middlesex, the sixth and youngest son of George Henderson, formerly of Langholm, Dumfries, a printer's reader, and his wife, Eliza, daughter of George Cockshutt...

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Moorsom, William Scarth (1804–1863), civil engineer and soldier, was born at Upper Stakesby, near Whitby, Yorkshire, the youngest of the four children of Admiral Sir Robert Moorsom (1760–1835) [see under Moorsom, Constantine Richard] and Eleanor (1765–1828), daughter of Thomas Scarth, of ...

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Stokes, Sir (Frederick) Wilfrid Scott (1860–1927), civil engineer and inventor, was born at 28 Huskisson Street, Liverpool, on 9 April 1860, the fifth and youngest son of Scott Nasmyth Stokes (1821–1891), barrister and inspector of schools, and his wife, Emma Louisa (1820–1896), youngest daughter of ...

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Wade, George (1673–1748), army officer and road builder, was the third son of Jerome Wade of Kilavally, co. Westmeath, whose father, William Wade, had served as a major under Cromwell. Wade's first commission, dated 26 December 1690, was as ensign in Captain Richard Trevanion's...

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George Wade (1673–1748) by Jean Baptiste van Loo courtesy of the Royal Aero Club of the United Kingdom