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Cheshire, (Geoffrey) Leonard, Baron Cheshire (1917–1992), air force officer and charity founder, was born on 7 September 1917 in the Egerton Nursing Home, 65 Hoole Road, Hoole, Chester, the elder of two sons of Geoffrey Chevalier Cheshire (1886–1978), an academic lawyer who became Vinerian professor of English law at ...

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Foster, Robert (1754–1827), naval officer and benefactor, was born on 24 April 1754 in Lancaster, the eldest of the four children of Dodshon Foster (1730–1792), merchant, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Birket (1729–1766). He attended John Jenkinson's school at Yealand Conyers and the free school at ...

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Gildea, Sir James (1838–1920), army officer and philanthropist, was born at Kilmaine, co. Mayo, on 23 June 1838, the third son of George Robert Gildea (1803–1887), Church of Ireland clergyman, later provost of Tuam, and his wife, Esther (1802–1894), only daughter and heiress of ...

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Gomm, Richard Culling Carr- (1922–2008), army officer and charity founder, was born at Mancetter Lodge, Mancetter, near Atherstone, Warwickshire, on 2 January 1922, the third of four sons of Mark Culling Carr-Gomm (1883–1963), civil engineer, and his wife, Amicia Dorothy, née Heming (1880–1962)...

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Kelly, Benedictus Marwood (1785–1867), naval officer and benefactor, was born at Holsworthy, Devon, on 3 February 1785, and baptized on 1 September 1790 (the date sometimes given for his birth), the second son of Benedictus Marwood Kelly (d. 1836) of Holsworthy, attorney, and his wife, ...

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Martin, Claude (1735–1800), army officer in the East India Company and philanthropist, was born in the rue de la Palme, Lyons, France, on 4 January 1735, son of Fleury Martin (1708–1755), vinegar maker, and his wife, Anne Vaginay (1702–1735), butcher's daughter. At his parish school he excelled in mathematics and physics. Although apprenticed in 1749 to a local silk weaver, ...

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Mauny [Manny], Sir Walter (c. 1310–1372), soldier and founder of the London Charterhouse, was the fourth of five sons of Jean le Borgne, lord of Masny in the imperial county of Hainault, and Jeanne de Jenlain. The brothers probably passed their youth in the household of ...

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Watts, Richard (c. 1529–1579), naval administrator and benefactor, was born at West Peckham, Kent, and migrated to Rochester in or about 1552. In 1547 he was appointed joint purveyor of naval victualling with Edward Baeshe, an appointment which foreshadowed the latter's appointment in June 1550 as general surveyor of victuals for the navy. As surveyor of victuals for ...