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Allen [née Gill], Marjory, Lady Allen of Hurtwood (1897–1976), landscape architect and promoter of child welfare, was born on 10 May 1897 at Hazelstubbs, Gravel Hill, Bexleyheath, the daughter of George Joseph Gill (c.1860–1947), a water-rate collector, and his wife, ...

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Barnardo, Thomas John (1845–1905), philanthropist and founder of Dr Barnardo's Homes, was born on 4 July 1845 at 4 Dame Street, Dublin, the fourth of five children of John Michaelis Barnardo (1800–1874), a Prussian subject and furrier, and his second wife, Abigail, daughter of ...

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Thomas John Barnardo (1845–1905) by Stepney Causeway Studios, in or before 1905 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bishop, Caroline Garrison (1846–1929), promoter of kindergarten education, was born on 18 October 1846 at St Leonards, Heavitree, Devon, daughter of the Revd Francis Bishop, minister in the Unitarian church, and his first wife, Lavinia, daughter of Isaac Solly. Her mother died when she was six and her father remarried. ...

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Clarke, Peter William Hanwell (1948–2007), social worker and children's commissioner, was born on 7 October 1948 at the Maternity Home, Oxford Road, Llandudno, Caernarvonshire, the son of William Arthur Clarke, a captain in the army, and his wife, Jean Barbara, née Hanwell. At the time of his birth his parents lived at ...

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Cooper, Christine Elisabeth [Tina] (1918–1986), paediatrician and expert on child abuse, was born on 21 July 1918 at Fontana, 45 Rickmansworth Road, Watford, Hertfordshire, the eldest daughter of William Francis Cooper (1878–1950), analytical chemist and physician, and his wife, Christine Maud, née Jones (1894–1919)...

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Dorkenoo [née Yorke], Stella Elliott [Efua] (1949–2014), health and women’s rights campaigner, was born on 6 September 1949 in Cape Coast, Ghana, one of eleven children of John Elliott Yorke, hospital administrator and later school nurse, and his wife, ...

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Faithfull, Lucy, Baroness Faithfull (1910–1996), social worker and children's campaigner, was born on 26 October 1910 in South Africa, the only daughter and elder child of Sydney Leigh Faithfull, a lieutenant in the Royal Engineers, and his wife, Elizabeth Adie Algie, a nurse. After her father was killed in action in 1916, the family returned to ...

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Lucy Faithfull, Baroness Faithfull (1910–1996) by Roger Scruton © News International Newspapers Ltd

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William Fox (1736–1826) by Samuel Freeman, pubd 1827 © reserved