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Cochrane, Kelso Benjamin (1926–1959), carpenter and murder victim, was born on 26 September 1926 in the small village of Johnson's Point, Antigua, the son of Stanley Cochrane, a carpenter and shipwright, and Johanna Valentine. He was one of eleven siblings and half-siblings. In 1942 he completed his education at the local government elementary school and began working with his father, who was renowned as one of the island's finest craftsmen. Opportunities were limited in ...

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Dowson, Sir Ernest MacLeod (1876–1950), colonial administrator and expert on land registration, was born on 19 November 1876 in India, the only son of Ernest Dowson, superintendent of the Indian government telegraph department. He was educated at the Isle of Wight College and the ...

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Payne, William (1717/18–1782), carpenter and constable, was probably born in London; details of his parents and background are unknown. He is now best remembered for his activities from the late 1750s in policing London streets and as an agitator against the capital's Roman Catholic community, but he worked first as a carpenter. He was apprenticed to a master in ...

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Pearson, Charles (1793–1862), lawyer and urban reformer, was born on 4 October 1793 at 25 Clement's Lane, London, son of Thomas Pearson, upholsterer and feather merchant, and his wife, Sarah. Educated at Eastbourne, Sussex, he was initially apprenticed to his father, but was admitted solicitor in 1816, and developed an extensive practice. He was made free of the ...

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Poulson, John Garlick Llewellyn (1910–1993), architect and criminal, was born on 14 April 1910 at Hill Top, Knottingley, near Pontefract, Yorkshire, the elder of the two sons of Charles Ernest Austrick Poulson, an earthenware manufacturer and lay Methodist preacher, and his wife, Sarah Garlick...