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Balfour, Jabez Spencer (1843–1916), company promoter and politician, was born in Marylebone, Middlesex, on 4 September 1843, the younger son of James Balfour (1796–1884) and Clara Lucas Balfour (1808–1878), who were prominent workers in the mid-Victorian temperance movement. Balfour's career is best understood in the context of the increasingly prominent part played by militant middle-class nonconformists in the business world, in the ...

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Bamford, Joseph Cyril (1916–2001), engineer and businessman, was born on 21 June 1916 at The Parks, New Road, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, the son of Cyril Joseph Bamford, agricultural engineer, and his wife, Dolores Alice, née Turner. His family controlled and managed a long-established farm machinery business. The company, which manufactured balers and other equipment, had been started by his great-great-grandfather in 1812. He was brought up a Roman Catholic. After education at ...

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Joseph Cyril Bamford (1916–2001) by Lucinda Douglas-Menzies, 1989 © Lucinda Douglas-Menzies; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Batchelor, John (1820–1883), politician and businessman, was born on 10 April in Newport, Monmouthshire, the second son among the twelve children of Benjamin Batchelor, a timber merchant and shipbuilder. He was educated locally in a private school before being apprenticed to his father. He subsequently visited shipyards in ...

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Batley, Lawrence (1911–2002), businessman, was born on 15 February 1911 at 37 Bland Street, Lockwood, Huddersfield, in the West Riding of Yorkshire, the elder son of John Arthur Batley, iron moulder, and his wife, Beatrice, née Fawley, weaver. Although he passed the entrance examination for ...

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Baylis, Thomas Hutchinson (1823–1876), insurance company manager, was the son of Edward Baylis (1791–1861), also an insurance company manager, and his wife, Ellen Maria. Little is known about his early life, but he began as a clerk in the Anchor insurance office, one of his father's companies. In 1850 he became manager of the ...

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Boult, Swinton (1808–1876), insurance company manager, was born on 3 December 1808 in Liverpool, one of several children of Francis Boult, a Unitarian shipowner, and his wife, Anne, née Swanwick. While his father was fairly prominent in Liverpool, and a founder of the town's ...

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Carter, Henry [Harry] Bonham (1827–1921), barrister and company director, was born on 15 February 1827 in London, the third son of John Bonham Carter (1788–1838) and his wife, Joanna Maria (d. 1884), daughter of William Smith of Parndon Hall, Essex, MP for ...

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Chadwick, David (1821–1895), accountant and company promoter, was born on 23 December 1821 at Macclesfield, Cheshire, the youngest of the nine children of John Chadwick, accountant, and his wife, Rebecca. His schooling was only brief and was terminated at an early age by employment in a warehouse. By attending evening classes, however, ...

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Hubert Kinsman Cudlipp, Baron Cudlipp (1913–1998) by Henri Cartier-Bresson, 1961 © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Cudlipp, Hubert Kinsman [Hugh], Baron Cudlipp (1913–1998), journalist and publishing executive, was born at 118 Lisvane Street, Cardiff, on 28 August 1913, the youngest son in the family of three sons and one daughter of William Christopher Cudlipp, commercial traveller for a provision merchant, and his wife, ...

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Davies, John Emerson Harding (1916–1979), business executive and politician, was born on 8 January 1916 at Blackheath, London, the younger son and second of the two children of Arnold Thomas Davies, a chartered accountant, and his wife, Edith Minnie Malchus Harding. John had Welsh, Scottish, and Armenian ancestry. He boarded at ...

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Jean Denton, Baroness Denton of Wakefield (1935–2001) by Nick Sinclair, 1992 © Nick Sinclair; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Denton [née Moss], Jean, Baroness Denton of Wakefield (1935–2001), rally driver, businesswoman, and politician, was born on 29 December 1935 at 103 Broadway, Wakefield, Yorkshire, the elder of two daughters of Charles Josiah Moss, stationery store keeper, later hospital supplies clerk, and his wife, ...

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Deuchar, John James Walker (1851–1911), actuary and insurance company manager, was born on 24 September 1851 in Edinburgh, the youngest of five sons of John Deuchar (1786–1863), lecturer in chemistry at Edinburgh University, and his wife, Jane, daughter of James Walker, a publisher in ...

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Duncan, Sir John Norman Valette [Val] (1913–1975), international mining executive, was born on 18 July 1913, at Pinner, Middlesex, the eldest of four children of Norman Duncan, barrister, and his wife, Gladys Marguerite Dauvergne Valette. From 1927 to 1932 he was educated at ...

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Eden, Sir Frederick Morton, second baronet (1766–1809), insurance company manager and writer on the state of the poor, was born at Ashtead, Surrey, the eldest son of Sir Robert Eden (created a baronet in 1776), governor of Maryland, and grandson of Sir Robert Eden, ...

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ffrench, Charles Austin Thomas Robert John Joseph, sixth Baron ffrench (1868–1955), company director, was born at Birchgrove, his maternal grandfather's house in co. Roscommon, on 20 June 1868, the elder son of the Hon. Martin Joseph ffrench (1813–1893), of Frascati, Blackrock, Dublin, resident magistrate at ...

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Garcke, Emile Oscar (1856–1930), company director and constructor of electric tramways, was born in Saxony. He came early to Britain, and was naturalized on 17 March 1880, but details of his early background and education have not survived. Their outcome was to provide him with a grasp of the commercial potential of electrical power, and his single-minded application to business enabled him to become the prime mover in the establishment of the ...