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Walter Owen Bentley (1888–1971) by unknown photographer, 1969 © reserved; collection Science & Society Picture Library; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bentley, Walter Owen (1888–1971), designer and racer of motor cars, was born on 16 September 1888 at 78 Avenue Road, Hampstead, London, the youngest in the family of six sons and three daughters of Alfred Bentley, retired businessman of London, and his wife, ...

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Butler [née Reid], Lois (1897–1970), aviator and skier, was born on 3 November 1897 at 275 Drummond Street, Montreal, Canada, the only daughter and second of the five children of Sir William Duff Reid (1866–1924) and his wife, Minnie Cormack (d...

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Clasper, Henry [Harry] (1812–1870), oarsman and boat builder, was born at Dunston, near Newcastle upon Tyne, on 5 July 1812, the son of Robert and Jane Clasper. He married his cousin Suzannah Hawks on 19 September 1836 and they had eight daughters and five sons, the eldest of whom was ...

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Clasper, John Hawks [Jack] (1836–1908), boat builder and oarsman, born in Newcastle upon Tyne on 13 October 1836, was the eldest of thirteen children (eight daughters and five sons) of Henry Clasper (1812–1870), oarsman and boat builder, and his wife, Suzannah, née Hawks...

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Sir (Ernest George) Stenson Cooke (1874–1942) by Howard Coster, 1937 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Cooke, Sir (Ernest George) Stenson (1874–1942), secretary of the Automobile Association and fencer, was born Ernest George Cooke at 9 Shrubland Road, Haggerstone, London, on 5 October 1874, the second of the three children of Silas Cooke (1850–1925), a clerk who worked in a stationer's business and who later became a dealer in wine, and his wife, ...

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Critchley, Alfred Cecil (1890–1963), greyhound racing promoter and aviation administrator, was born at Stapleton ranch, near Calgary, Alberta, Canada, the first of the two sons of Oswald Assheton Critchley (d. 1935), ranch owner, and his first wife, Maria Cecil, née Newbolt (...

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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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Edge, Selwyn Francis (1868–1940), motor car entrepreneur and racing driver, was born in Concord, Sydney, New South Wales, on 29 March 1868, the son of Alexander Ernest Edge and his wife, Annie Charlotte Sharp. In 1871 he was taken to Britain, where he attended ...

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Selwyn Francis Edge (1868–1940) by London Stereoscopic Co. © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Evans, William Davies (1790–1872), master mariner and chess player, was born at Musland farm in the parish of St Dogwell's, Pembrokeshire, Wales, on 27 January 1790, the eldest son of John Evans (1757–1820), a farmer, and his wife, Mary, née Davies (1766–1856). Having probably received some education at ...

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See Berry, (James) Gomer, first Viscount Kemsley

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Douglas Douglas- Hamilton, fourteenth duke of Hamilton and eleventh duke of Brandon (1903–1973) by Bassano, 1945 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hamilton, Douglas Douglas-, fourteenth duke of Hamilton and eleventh duke of Brandon (1903–1973), boxer, aviator, and politician, was born on 3 February 1903, the eldest of the seven children of Alfred Douglas-Hamilton, thirteenth duke of Hamilton (1862–1940), and his wife, Nina Mary Benita Douglas-Hamilton, ...

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Hayward, Walter Scott (1855–1910), yachtsman and boat designer, was born on 17 April 1855 at 20 St James Walk, Clerkenwell, London, the son of James Robertson Hayward (d. in or before 1880), ironmonger, and his wife, Eliza Isabella Greely. Nothing is known about his education or early life, but he joined ...

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Healey, Donald Mitchell (1898–1988), car designer and rally driver, was born on 3 July 1898 in Woodbine Cottage, Perranporth, on the north coast of Cornwall, the elder of the two sons of John Frederick Healey, who ran the village shop, and his wife, ...

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Sir Edward Richard George Heath (1916–2005) by Jane Bown, 1978 © Guardian News and Media Ltd 2005

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Heath, Sir Edward Richard George [Ted] (1916–2005), prime minister, was born at 1 Holmwood Villas, Albion Road, Broadstairs, Kent, on 9 July 1916, the elder son of William George Heath (1888–1976), carpenter and builder, and his wife, Edith Annie, née Pantony (d...