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Ashbridge, Sir Noel (1889–1975), broadcasting engineer, was born on 10 December 1889 in Wanstead, Essex, the fourth son and youngest child of John Ashbridge, solicitor, of Wanstead, and his wife, Sylvia Moore. He was educated at Forest School, Snaresbrook, Essex, and King's College, London...

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Betjeman, Sir John (1906–1984), poet, writer, and broadcaster, was born on 28 August 1906 at 52 Parliament Hill Mansions, north London, the only child of Ernest Edward Betjemann (1872–1934), a furniture manufacturer, and his wife, Mabel Bessie Dawson (1879–1952). The family name, of Dutch or German origin, can be traced back to an immigration in the late eighteenth century. The poet adopted his style of it about the age of twenty-one....

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Sir John Betjeman (1906–1984) by Sir Cecil Beaton, 1955 © Cecil Beaton Archive, Sotheby's

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Bower, Dallas Gordon (1907–1999), film, radio, and television producer and director, was born on 25 July 1907 at 34 Kensington Hall Gardens, London, the only son of Edward Lawrence Oakes Bower, East India merchant, and his first wife, (Gladys) Ethel, daughter of Eugene Dallas Marriott...

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See Hogarth, Ann [real name Margaret Ann Gildart Jackson; married name Margaret Ann Gildart Bussell]

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Cooper, Giles Stannus (1918–1966), playwright, was born on 9 August 1918 in Carrickmines, Dublin, the elder child and only son of Guy Cooper (1889–1941), naval officer and colonial civil servant, and his wife, Winifred, née Warren (1888–1977), a talented painter who had studied at the ...

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Cotton, William Edward [Billy] (1899–1969), bandleader and radio and television broadcaster, was born on 27 May 1899 at 31 New Tothill Street, Westminster, London, the youngest of the ten children of Joseph Cotton, a water turncock, and his wife, Susan Harmer. He was educated at ...

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William Edward Cotton (1899–1969) by Yousuf Karsh Karsh / Camera Press, London

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Cox, Sir Geoffrey Sandford (1910–2008), journalist and broadcasting executive, was born on 7 April 1910 at Palmerston North, New Zealand, the youngest of three sons of Charles William Sandford Cox (1873–1965), bank manager, and his wife, Mary, née MacGregor (1875–1960). From Southlands High School...

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Crawley, Aidan Merivale (1908–1993), politician and television executive, was born on 10 April 1908 at the vicarage, Benenden, near Cranbrook, Kent, the third of the five children of Arthur Stafford Crawley, vicar of Benenden (later canon of Windsor), and his wife, Anstice Katharine, ...