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Gould, Sir Ronald (1904–1986), schoolteacher and trade unionist, was born on 9 October 1904 in Midsomer Norton, a Somerset mining village. He was the eldest in the family of two sons and a daughter of Frederick Gould, shoe worker, active trade unionist involved in local politics, and later MP for ...

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Graves, John James (1832–1903), schoolmaster and advocate of teachers' associations, was born on 15 January 1832 at Chesterton, near Cambridge, the son of John and Sarah Graves. He was the eldest of eight children, six of whom survived childhood. His father was a shoemaker who in 1835 moved to ...

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Pounds, John (1766–1839), cobbler and ragged-school teacher, was born in St Mary Street, Portsmouth, on 17 June 1766, the son of a naval dockyard sawyer. With little education, Pounds was apprenticed at the age of twelve to a shipwright. The turning point in his life came in 1781 when he was permanently injured by a fall into a dry dock. Left permanently disabled, ...