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Adams, Gladstone (1880–1966), motorist and inventor of a windscreen wiper, was born on 16 May 1880 at 4 St Ann's Row, Newcastle upon Tyne, son of John Adams, metal merchant, and his wife, Agnes, née M'Gregor, and was educated at Rutherford College, Newcastle...

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Albone, Daniel [Dan] (1860–1906), cycle and motor tractor manufacturer, was born at the Ongley Arms inn, Shortmead Street, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, on 12 September 1860, the fourth son and youngest of eight children of Edward Albone (d. 1864), publican and market gardener, and his wife, ...

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Daniel Albone (1860–1906) by unknown photographer, c.1902 © Biggleswade History Society

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Alexander, Walter (1879–1959), bus operator, was born on 2 May 1879 at Bonnybridge, Falkirk, son of Robert Alexander, a carter, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Stirling. In 1902 the family opened a general store at Camelon, near Falkirk, which also sold, hired, and repaired bicycles. In 1913 ...

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Alper, Samuel [Sam] (1924–2002), caravan manufacturer, was born on 25 April 1924 at 351 Queens Road, Plaistow, Essex, the son of Morris Alper and his wife, Lily, née Levy. His father was described as a draper on Alper's birth certificate but as a hairdresser on his second marriage certificate. ...

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Anderson, Sir James Caleb, first baronet (1792–1861), promoter of steam coaches, was born on 21 July 1792, the eldest son of the two sons and a daughter of John Anderson (1747–1820) and his second wife, Elizabeth (d. 1830), only daughter of James Semple...

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Anderson, John (1747–1820), merchant and stagecoach operator, was born in western Scotland in very humble circumstances, the son of David Anderson, of Portland. He moved to Glasgow, and after making £500 through dealing in herring he moved to Cork, in 1780, and became an export merchant....

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Austin, Herbert, Baron Austin (1866–1941), engineer and motor vehicle manufacturer, was born on 8 November 1866 at Grange Farm, Deep Mill Lane, Little Missenden, Buckinghamshire, the second of five children of Giles Stevens Austin, a farmer, and his wife, Clara Jane, daughter of ...

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Herbert Austin, Baron Austin (1866–1941) by Walter Stoneman, 1937 © National Portrait Gallery, London