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Redfern, Percy (1875–1958), journalist and historian of the co-operative movement, was born in Leicester, the illegitimate son of a housekeeper. He was brought up by his father, Francis Redfern, who was an architect, and by his stepmother. The precise details of his background and early life are obscure but he was educated at various schools, including a dame-school, church school, and boarding-school in ...

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Wadsworth, Alfred Powell (1891–1956), journalist and economic historian, was born at Rochdale on 26 May 1891, the elder son of John William Wadsworth, master tailor, and his wife, Jane Seeley. From Cronkeyshaw School he won a scholarship to the higher-grade school in Fleece Street...