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Buxton, Nigel Edward (1924–2015), travel writer and broadcaster, was born on 29 May 1924 at Laureldene, Cowfold, Sussex, one of seven children—six boys and a girl—of Gordon Offord Buxton (1884–1951), chauffeur and factotum, and his wife, Mary Janetta, née Griffiths (...

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(Verner) Duncan Carse (1913–2004) by Howard Coster, 1955 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Carse, (Verner) Duncan (1913–2004), polar explorer and broadcaster, was born on 28 July 1913 at 35 Castletown Road, Fulham, London, the son of (Andreas) Duncan Carse, artist, and his wife, Florence Marion, née Soames. He was originally named Werner Duncan but this was soon changed to ...

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Cooper, Thomas Thornville (1839–1878), traveller and promoter of trade, the eighth son of John Ibbetson Cooper, coal fitter and shipowner, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Douglas, was born on 13 September 1839, at Bishopwearmouth, co. Durham. He was educated at the Grange School, Bishopwearmouth...

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Ingrams [née Shortt], Doreen Constance (1906–1997), actress and traveller, was born on 24 January 1906 at 70 Onslow Gardens, Kensington, London, the youngest daughter of Edward Shortt (1862–1935), a lawyer and politician, and his wife, Isabella Stewart, née Scott. She grew up in ...

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Malins, Geoffrey Herbert (1886–1940), filmmaker and adventurer, was born Arthur Herbert Malins at 27 Russell Street, Hastings, Sussex, on 18 November 1886, one of six surviving sons of Frederick William Malins (1856–1921), a hairdresser, and his wife, Annie Maria, née Jackson (1855–1929). He was reticent about his origins, probably reflecting a determination to make his own mark on the world, and not be tied down by others' preconceptions. He omitted details of his early life from both his published memoirs, gave his age on the record in various contexts implying dates of birth from 1884 to 1889, and allowed stories to circulate of his birth in ...

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Mawer, June Knox- [née June Ellis] (1930–2006), writer and broadcaster, was born on 10 May 1930 at 27 Acton Rise in Acton Garden Village in rural Denbighshire, the only daughter and elder child of Frank Ellis (c.1898–1970), accountant, and his wife, ...

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Whicker, (Donald) Alan (1921–2013), journalist and broadcaster, was born on 2 August 1921 in Cairo, the only son of Henry Charles Whicker (1880–1923), an officer in the Denbighshire hussars during the First World War, and his wife, Annie Jane (Nancie), née Cross (1883–1948)...

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(Donald) Alan Whicker (1921–2013) by Terry O'Neill, c.1985 © Getty Images