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Badley, John Haden (1865–1967), headmaster, was born on 21 February 1865 in Tower Street, Dudley, Worcestershire, the only son of James Payton Badley, surgeon, and his wife, Laura Elizabeth Best. He had three older sisters to whom he was always very close. The home atmosphere was restricted in some ways but very supportive and affectionate, and he enjoyed a happy childhood. ...

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Naomi Mary Margaret Mitchison, Lady Mitchison (1897–1999) by Wyndham Lewis, 1938 © Wyndham Lewis Memorial Trust

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Mitchison [née Haldane], Naomi Mary Margaret, Lady Mitchison (1897–1999), writer and social activist, was born on 1 November 1897 at 10 Randolph Crescent, Edinburgh, the younger child of John Scott Haldane (1860–1936), physiologist, and his wife, (Louisa) Kathleen (1863–1961), an active suffragist, daughter of ...

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Frances Catherine Partridge (1900–2004) by Derry Moore, 1992 © Derry Moore; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Partridge [née Marshall], Frances Catherine (1900–2004), diarist and author, was born on 15 March 1900 at 28 Bedford Square, London, the third daughter and youngest of the six children of William Cecil Marshall (1849–1921), architect, and his wife, Margaret Anna, née Lloyd (1863–1941)...

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Warrell, Charles Watson (1889–1995), headmaster and writer, was born on 23 April 1889 at Farmborough, near Bath, Somerset, the son of Sidney Watson Warrell, headmaster of Farmborough village school, and his wife, Annie, née Stubbs. Charles Warrell was educated at Newfoundland Road School, Bristol...