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Balfour, Harold Harington, first Baron Balfour of Inchrye (1897–1988), airman, businessman, and politician, was born on 1 November 1897 in Farnham, Surrey, the younger son and second of the three children of Colonel Nigel Harington Balfour OBE, a serving officer, of Belton, Camberley, Surrey...

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Bristow, Alan Edgar (1923–2009), helicopter pilot, businessman, and inventor, was born on 3 September 1923 at 202 Bedford Hill, Balham, London, the elder child of Sidney Edgar Bristow (1892–1972), an Admiralty clerk and later naval store officer, and his wife, Betsy, née Falconer...

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Cadbury, Peter Egbert (1918–2006), aviator and businessman, was born on 6 February 1918 at 6 Kimberley Terrace, Great Yarmouth, the elder son of Sir Egbert Cadbury (1893–1967), then a flight commander in the Royal Naval Air Service, and his wife, Mary Forbes, née...

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Cayzer family (per. 1843–1999), shipowners and businessmen, first came to prominence with Sir Charles William Cayzer first baronet (1843–1916). He was born on 15 July 1843 at Featherstone Buildings, Limehouse, London, the only son and third child of Charles Cayzer, a schoolmaster, and his wife, ...

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Fry, Jeremy Joseph (1924–2005), inventor and businessman, was born on 19 May 1924 at Grove House, Frenchay, Winterbourne, Gloucestershire, the youngest child in the family of two sons and one daughter of Cecil Roderick Fry (1890–1952), chairman of J. S. Fry & Sons Ltd...

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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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Lowke, Wenman Joseph Bassett- (1877–1953), model-maker and businessman, was born Joseph Wenman Bassett Lowke at 13 Kingswell Street, Northampton, on 27 December 1877, the elder son of Joseph Tom Lowke, agricultural engineer, and Eliza Goodman. He was educated at Kingswell Street College and ...

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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...

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Colin Marsh Marshall, Baron Marshall of Knightsbridge (1933–2012) by Robin Laurance, 1999 © Robin Laurance / Rex Features

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Moulton, Alexander Eric [Alex] (1920–2012), engineer and inventor, was born on 9 April 1920 at Rother Place, Stratford upon Avon, the younger son and youngest of three children of Major John Coney Moulton (1886–1926), naturalist and colonial civil servant, and his wife, Beryl Latimer, ...

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Page, Sir Frederick William (1917–2005), aircraft designer and industrialist, was born on 20 February 1917 in Wimbledon, Surrey, the only child of Richard Page, a chauffeur then serving in the army, and his wife, Ellen Sarah, née Potter (d. 1960). His father was killed on active service in ...

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Parker, Sir Peter (1924–2002), businessman, was born in Malo-les-Bains, near Dunkirk, France, on 30 August 1924, the third son of Tom Parker, a marine engineer born in Hull, and his wife, Dorothy Sydney, née Mackinlay, a teacher. Both his brothers died during the Second World War. He spent half of his childhood in ...

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Sir Peter Parker (1924–2002) by Stephen Hyde, 1983 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Pateman, Jack Edward (1921–2004), aviation engineer and businessman, was born on 29 November 1921 in West Somerton, Norfolk, the son of William Edward Pateman, head gamekeeper, and his wife, Lucy Varley, née Jetten. After attending Great Yarmouth grammar school he served in the ...

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Pullinger [married name Martin], Dorothée Aurélie Marianne (1894–1986), automobile engineer and businesswoman, was born on 13 January 1894 at St Aubin-sur-Scie, Seine Inférieure, France, the eldest of the eleven children of Thomas Charles Pullinger (1867–1945), engineer, and his wife, Aurélie Berenice, née...