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Askwith, George Ranken, Baron Askwith (1861–1942), industrial arbitrator and civil servant, was born at Waltham Abbey, Essex, on 17 February 1861, the second but eldest surviving son of William Harrison Askwith (1811–1897), colonel (later general) in the Royal Artillery, and formerly superintendent of the royal gunpowder factories at ...

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George Ranken Askwith, Baron Askwith (1861–1942) by James Russell & Sons © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Barnes, Sir Denis Charles (1914–1992), civil servant and industrial relations expert, was born on 15 December 1914 at 4 Station Road, Openshaw, Manchester, the second son and fifth of six children of Frederick Charles Barnes (c.1870–c.1920), a school attendance officer for the local education committee, and his wife, ...

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Bowman, Sir James, first baronet (1898–1978), trade unionist and industrial administrator, was born at Great Corby, near Carlisle, Cumberland, on 8 March 1898, the fifth of the seven children of Robert James Bowman (1861–1948), blacksmith, and his wife, Mary Murray (1865–1941). On leaving school, ...

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Clegg, Hugh Armstrong (1920–1995), industrial relations expert, the fourth child and third son of Herbert Hobson Clegg, a Wesleyan minister, and his wife, Mabel Duckering, was born at Parkvedras House in Truro, Cornwall, on 22 May 1920. Educated at Kingswood School, Bath, the renowned Methodist public school, he reacted against his background, becoming an atheist and a member of the ...

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Duncan, Sir Andrew Rae (1884–1952), industrial administrator and public servant, was born at Bower Lodge, Waterside, Irvine, Ayrshire, on 3 June 1884, one of eight children of George Duncan, a missionary and social worker, and his wife, Jessie Rae. He was educated at ...

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Sir Andrew Rae Duncan (1884–1952) by Howard Coster, 1940s © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Flanders, Allan David (1910–1973), socialist and industrial relations expert, was born on 27 July 1910 at 18 Market Street, Watford, Hertfordshire, the only child of William Frederick Flanders, a grocer's manager, and his wife, Emily Louisa Shaw. After obtaining his school certificate at a local school he transferred to ...

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Foggon, George (1913–2006), civil servant and industrial relations adviser, was born at 88 Station Lane, Hebburn, co. Durham, on 13 September 1913, the elder son and eldest of five children of Thomas Foggon (1891–1965), copperworks labourer, and later laboratory technician, and his wife, ...

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(William) John Poulton Maxwell Garnett (1921–1997) by Dod Miller, 1985 © News International Newspapers Ltd