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Anderson, Sir James Caleb, first baronet (1792–1861), promoter of steam coaches, was born on 21 July 1792, the eldest son of the two sons and a daughter of John Anderson (1747–1820) and his second wife, Elizabeth (d. 1830), only daughter of James Semple...

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Anderson, John (1747–1820), merchant and stagecoach operator, was born in western Scotland in very humble circumstances, the son of David Anderson, of Portland. He moved to Glasgow, and after making £500 through dealing in herring he moved to Cork, in 1780, and became an export merchant....

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Baxendale, Joseph (1785–1872), transport entrepreneur, was born at Lancaster on 28 September 1785, the eldest child in a family of two sons and two daughters of Josiah Baxendale (1761–1835) of Castle Hill, Lancaster, surgeon, and his wife, Mabella (1756–1829), daughter of Thomas Salisbury...

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Baxendale, Lloyd Henry (1858–1937), road transport entrepreneur, was born on 3 February 1858 at Totteridge, Hertfordshire, the eldest son of Lloyd Baxendale, gentleman, and his wife, Ellen, née Turner. Although born into an active transport dynasty, his education was that of a member of the upper class, ...

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Bianconi, Charles [formerly Joachim Carlo Giuseppe Bianconi] (1786–1875), transport entrepreneur, was born Joachim Carlo Giuseppe Bianconi on 24 September 1786 at the village of Tregolo in Lombardy, not far from Como. He came from a landowning family, and was the second of five children of ...

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Chaplin, William James (1787–1859), transport entrepreneur, was born at Rochester, Kent, the son of William Chaplin, a coach proprietor on the Dover road, and his wife, Eleanor. Chaplin was educated at Bromley, and on 11 July 1816 married Elizabeth Alston at St Nicholas, Rochester...

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Chidson, Donald Montagu Gerard (1920–2001), promoter of caravanning, was born at 26 Watling Street, Gillingham, Kent, on 7 May 1920, the son of Montagu Reaney Chidson (1893–1957), a captain in the Royal Garrison Artillery who rose to lieutenant-colonel in the Royal Artillery during the Second World War, and his Dutch wife, ...

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Cook, Sir Frederick Charles (1875–1947), highway engineer and advocate of motorways, was born at Switzerland House, Kingston Crescent, Portsea, Hampshire, on 22 April 1875, the second child of Charles Christopher Cook (bap. 1840), contractor, and his wife, Fanny, née Bailey (b...

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Corley, Sir Kenneth Sholl Ferrand (1908–2005), industrialist, was born at Rosthwaite, Westley Road, Acocks Green, Birmingham, on 3 November 1908, the son of Sydney Walter Corley, insurance inspector, and his wife, Annie Louise, née Sholl. He was educated at St Bees School in ...

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John Zachary DeLorean (1925–2005) by unknown photographer, 1981 Getty Images

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DeLorean, John Zachary (1925–2005), motor car manufacturer, was born on 6 January 1925 in Detroit, Michigan, USA, the eldest of four sons of Zachary DeLorean, a Romanian-born foundry worker in the Ford motor car works, and his wife, Kathryn, née Pribak, a factory worker of Austro-Hungarian antecedents. His father was a violent alcoholic whose family suffered many deprivations and terrors. ...

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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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Garcke, Sidney Emile (1885–1948), road transport administrator, was born on 6 January 1885 at 52 Bassein Park Road, Shepherd's Bush, London, the son of Emile Oscar Garcke (1856–1930), founder of the British Electric Traction company, and his wife, Alice, née Withers. He attended the ...

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Heaton, Sir (John) Frederick (1880–1949), road transport administrator, was born on 18 October 1880 in Bradford, Yorkshire, the son of a warehouseman in the woollen trade, and his wife, Mary Ellen, née Speight. He attended Bradford Technical College and studied accountancy, taking eighth place in the examinations of the ...

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Henman, Philip Sydney (1899–1986), transport entrepreneur, was born on 21 December 1899 at Haddon Villas, Yalding, near Maidstone, Kent, the second son and third child of seven children of the Revd Sydney James Henman, Baptist minister at Yalding, and his wife, Ellen Gertrude, ...

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Hickmott, Harold Edward (1881–1947), motor bus operator, was born on 8 May 1881 at Marden, Moorgate Grove, Rotherham, Yorkshire, the son of Edward Hickmott, master grocer, and his wife, Rebecca, née Dawes. Nothing else is known about his early life; but Hickmott trained as an engineer at the ...

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Hillman, Edward Henry (1889–1934), transport entrepreneur, was born on 19 March 1889 in Croydon, Surrey, the son of Edward Hillman and his wife, Annie. He left school at the age of nine, and worked as a brush maker. He joined the army as a drummer boy at the age of twelve. The First World War saw him rise to the rank of sergeant-major in a cavalry regiment, and also provided him with a gratuity on demobilization, which he used to buy a taxi. Success in this venture led to the sale of the cab and the purchase of a cycle shop in ...

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Hilton, Ralph (1923–1981), road transport entrepreneur, was born on 8 August 1923 at Lewisham, the son of Ralph Hilton, fruiterer and greengrocer, and his wife, Ruby, née Williams. On leaving school at fourteen, he became a hotel page-boy. He joined the army in the Second World War, his military experience in vehicle servicing providing some preparation for his eventual career. He did not, however, enter road haulage until 1954 (in ...