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Brackley, Herbert George (1894–1948), air force officer and airline executive, was born in Islington, London, on 4 October 1894, the second of the seven children of George Herbert Brackley, a master tailor, and his wife, Lilian Sarah Partridge. The family later moved to ...

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Cayzer, (Michael) Anthony Rathborne (1920–1990), shipowner and aviation company executive, was born on 28 May 1920 at Tylney Hall, Rotherwick, Hampshire, the second son in the family of two sons and two daughters of Major Herbert Robin Cayzer, first Baron Rotherwick [see under...

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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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Cunningham, John [Cats-Eyes Cunningham] (1917–2002), aviator and businessman, was born on 27 July 1917 at Canley, 17 Castlemaine Avenue, Croydon, Surrey, the elder son and third of the four children of Arthur Gillespie Cunningham (d. 1930), company secretary of the Dunlop Rubber Company...

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D'Erlanger, Sir Gerard John Regis Leo (1906–1962), airline company director and financier, was born at Hall Place, Bexley, Kent, on 1 June 1906. He was the only son and the elder of the two children of Baron Emile Beaumont D'Erlanger (1866–1939), international banker and chairman of ...

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D'Erlanger, Leo Frederic Alfred (1898–1978), merchant banker and air transport promoter, was born on 2 July 1898 at 6 Hamilton Place, London, the elder of the two children of Baron François Rodolphe D'Erlanger (1872–1932), writer on Arab music and painter, and his wife, ...

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Desoutter, André Marcel (1894–1952), aviator and airport manager, was born on 31 January 1894 at 1 Maddox Street, London, the second of six children of Louis Albert Desoutter and his wife, Philomène. His parents were French immigrants, his father being a skilled watchmaker and jeweller. After education at the ...

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Fresson, (Ernest) Edmund (1891–1963), airline executive, was born at Fairholme, Dennington Park Road, Hampstead, London, on 20 September 1891, the son of Ernest Mitchell Edward Fresson, a stockbroker, and his wife, Marian Kathleen Robins. Edmund (as he was known) was educated at Framlingham College...

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Granville, Sir Keith [formerly Keith Granville Solomon] (1910–1990), airline executive, was born on 1 November 1910 in Faversham, Kent, the youngest of four children (all sons) of Albert James Solomon, sales representative, and his wife, Ada Miriam Chambers. He was educated at ...

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Guest, Frederick Edward (1875–1937), politician and promoter of aviation, was born in London on 14 June 1875, the third son in the family of five sons and four daughters of Ivor Bertie Guest, first Baron Wimborne (1835–1914), and his wife, Lady Cornelia Henrietta Maria (1847–1927)...

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Guthrie, Sir Giles Connop McEachern, second baronet (1916–1979), airline administrator, was born in Westminster, London, on 21 March 1916, the son of Sir Connop Thirlwall Robert Guthrie, first baronet (1882–1945), a lieutenant in the Grenadier Guards, and his wife, Elia, née McEacharn. Educated at ...

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Humphery, George Edward Woods (1892–1963), airline executive, was born at 16 St Donatt's Road, Greenwich, on 13 November 1892, the son of George Richard Humphery, tank maker's storekeeper, and his wife, Anne Frances Elizabeth Woods. He was apprenticed to the shipbuilders Yarrow and qualified as a marine engineer. With the outbreak of the First World War he joined the ...

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Hunting, Sir Percy Llewellyn (1885–1973), shipping and aviation entrepreneur, was born on 6 March 1885, at Deep Dene House, Newcastle upon Tyne, the eldest son of Charles Samuel Hunting (1853–1921), a successful shipowner of Newcastle upon Tyne, and his wife, Agnes Mona Arthur...

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Instone, Sir Samuel (1878–1937), shipping and aviation entrepreneur, was born at Gravesend on 16 August 1878, the son of Adolphe Instone, and the eldest of three brothers. He was educated at Tunbridge Wells and at Boulogne. At the age of fifteen he went to work in the port, and soon acquired a very considerable knowledge of shipping between the ...

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King, John Leonard, Baron King of Wartnaby (1917–2005), businessman, was born John King at 56 North Road Avenue, Brentwood, Essex, on 29 August 1917, the son of Albert John King (b. 1882), a sergeant in the Royal West Surrey Regiment and formerly a house painter, and his wife ...

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John Leonard King, Baron King of Wartnaby (1917–2005) by Chris Hay, 1987 © Chris Hay; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Sir Frederick Alfred Laker (1922–2006) by Ashley Ashwood Camera Press, London

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Laker, Sir Frederick Alfred [Freddie] (1922–2006), aviation entrepreneur, was born on 6 August 1922 at 52 New Ruttington Lane, Canterbury, Kent, the son of Frederick Henry Laker, an able seaman in the Royal Navy, later builder, and his wife, Hannah, née Todd. His father deserted the family when ...

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Lygo, Sir Raymond Derek (1924–2012), naval officer and industrialist, was born on 15 March 1924 at 41 Richmond Road, Ilford, Essex, the second son of Edwin Thomas Lygo (1884–1962), newspaper compositor, and his wife, Ada Emily, née Cushing (1889–1973). Educated at Ilford county high school...

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Marshall, Colin Marsh, Baron Marshall of Knightsbridge (1933–2012), airline executive and businessman, was born on 16 November 1933 at St Ronan's Nursing Home, Hillside Gardens, Edgware, Middlesex, the only son of Marsh Edward Leslie Marshall, a car salesman who later ran a Daimler...