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Aston, William George (1841–1911), diplomatist and Japanese and Korean scholar, was born on 9 April 1841 near Londonderry, one of the five children of George Robert Aston, minister of the Unitarian Church of Ireland and schoolmaster. He was educated at Saintfield national school...

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William George Aston (1841–1911) by Minnie Agnes Cohen, 1911 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Sansom, Sir George Bailey (1883–1965), diplomatist and Japanese scholar, was born at 20 Farrance Street, Limehouse, London, on 28 November 1883, the only son of George William Morgan Sansom, naval architect, of Little Thurrock, Essex, and his wife, Mary Ann Bailey, from Yorkshire...

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Sir George Bailey Sansom (1883–1965) by Walter Stoneman, 1935 © National Portrait Gallery, London