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Braithwaite, John, the elder (bap. 1760, d. 1818), engineer and diver, was baptized at St Albans Abbey, Hertfordshire, on 20 July 1760, the second son of five children of William Braithwaite (bap. 1732, d. 1800), whitesmith and engine maker, and Mary Crowther (...

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Bushnell, Bertram Harold Thomas [Bert] (1921–2010), sculler and marine engineer, was born on 3 September 1921 at the Boat House, Wargrave, Berkshire, the second of two sons of John Henry Bushnell, king's waterman and boat builder, and his wife, Lena, née Simmons. He left ...

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Deane, Charles Anthony (1796–1848), diver and inventor of diving equipment, was born in September 1796 at 53 Hughes Fields, Deptford, Kent, and was baptized at St Nicholas's Church, Deptford, on 2 October 1796, the son of John Deane (bap. 1766, d. 1830)...

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Albert William Denly (1900–1989) by unknown photographer, 1923 image courtesy of Brooklands Museum Archive

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Denly, Albert William [Bert] (1900–1989), motorcycle racer and motor engineer, was born in Wisley, Surrey, on 1 June 1900, the only son of James Denly (d. 1918), a bricklayer's labourer on the Wisley estate, and his wife, Ellen, née Woolger (1865/6–1920). Aged fourteen he left the local village school to become an apprentice to the butcher in ...

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Heatly, Sir Peter (1924–2015), civil engineer, diver, and sports administrator, was born on 9 June 1924 at the Royal Maternity and Simpson Memorial Hospital, Edinburgh, the son of Robert Heatly (1901–1968), plumber, and his wife, Margaret Ann, née Sproull (1898–1955...

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Perrins, Isaac (1750x57–1801), pugilist and mechanical engineer, of whom few early details are known, appears, unusually for a member of the eighteenth-century boxing fraternity, to have been well educated and, as various extant letters in copperplate handwriting show, certainly extremely literate.

Perrins's enduring fame in the prize ring rests primarily on his memorable bout with the celebrated ...

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Isaac Perrins (1750x5757–1801) by unknown artist [[Left to right] Tom Johnson (c.1750-1797) and , at Banbury on 22 October 1789] Edgar Astaire Collection

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Rolt, Anthony Peter Roylance [Tony] (1918–2008), soldier, racing driver, and engineer, was born on 16 October 1918 at Forest Lodge, Hollywater, Alton, Hampshire, the fourth child and only son of Brigadier-General Stuart Peter Rolt (1862–1933), army officer, and his wife, Evelyn Roylance, née...

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Walker, Richard Stuart (1918–1985), angler and engineer, was born on 29 May 1918 at 16 Fishpond Road, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, the only child of Richard Harry Walker (1892–1956), government clerk, and his wife, Elsie May (1892–1990), daughter of Frederick A. Cooper of Stanbridge, Bedfordshire...

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Walker [formerly Bellenie, Bellenie-Walker], William Robert (1869–1918), diver, was born William Robert Bellenie on 21 October 1869 at 124 Hill Street, Walworth, Surrey, one of four sons and one daughter in the family of William John Bellenie, a carpenter of Italian ancestry, and his wife, ...

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William Robert Walker (1869–1918) by Charles Edward Shuttleworth Beloe, 1907 [left, with his assistant, William West] private collection