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C. E. R. Sherrington

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Acworth, Sir William Mitchell (1850–1925), railway economist, was born at Rothley, Leicestershire, on 22 November 1850, the third son of the Revd William Acworth, vicar of Rothley, and his wife, Margaret Dundas, daughter of Andrew Mitchell of Maulside, Beath, and Blythswood Place, Glasgow...

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Wilbert Vere Awdry (1911–1997) by Michael Ward © News International Newspapers Ltd

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Awdry, Wilbert Vere (1911–1997), children's writer, railway historian, and Church of England clergyman, was born on 15 June 1911 at Ampfield vicarage, Romsey, Hampshire, the elder son of the Revd Vere Awdry (1854–1928), clergyman, and his third wife, Lucy Louisa Bury (1878–1972), who was on the staff at ...

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Grey, Charles Grey (1875–1953), aviation writer, was born at 4 Sussex Place, Regent's Park, London, on 13 November 1875, the third son of Charles Grey Grey, of Dilston Hall, Northumberland, a surveyor and land agent who was receiver of the estates of the ...

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Charles Grey Grey (1875–1953) by Elliott & Fry © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Measom, Sir George Samuel (1818–1901), publisher and philanthropist, was born in Blackheath, Kent, on 3 December 1818, and baptized in St Alfege, Greenwich, on 12 July 1819, perhaps the eldest of the five children of Daniel Measom (b. c.1790), carver and gilder, and his wife, ...

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J. K. Laughton

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Murray, Mungo (bap. 1705, d. 1770), writer on shipbuilding, was born in Fowlis Wester, near Crieff, Perth, where he was baptized on 18 March 1705, the son of James Murray. Little is known of his early years. On 3 August 1733, also at ...

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Nock, Oswald Stevens (1905–1994), engineer and railway historian, was born on 21 January 1905 at Grasmere, Holland Road, Sutton Coldfield, Warwickshire. He was the first son of Samuel James Nock (1870?–1955?), a securities clerk at the Midland Bank, Birmingham, and his wife, Rose Amy, ...

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Oswald Stevens Nock (1905–1994) by unknown photographer © reserved; News International Syndication; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Robbins, (Richard) Michael (1915–2002), transport administrator and historian, was born at 51 Rotherwick Road, Golders Green, Middlesex, on 7 September 1915, the eldest of the three children of Alfred Gordon Robbins (1883–1944), journalist and publisher, and his wife, Josephine, daughter of R. L. Capell...