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Bodie, Walford [real name Samuel Murphy Bodie] (1869–1939), music-hall entertainer, was born on 11 June 1869 at 33 George Street, Aberdeen, the son of William Bodie, journeyman baker, and his wife, Margaret, née Murphy. Educated at Robert Gordon College, Aberdeen, he joined the ...

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Davies [married name Calvert], Theodora Llewelyn (1898–1988), barrister and penal reform campaigner, was born at 12 Village Road, Oxton, Birkenhead, on 18 April 1898, the second daughter and youngest of three children of Maurice Llewelyn Davies (1864–1939), manager for the ...

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Dodd, James Solas (1720/21–1805), surgeon and actor, was born in London, the son of Jago Mendozo Vasconcellos de Solis, and his wife, Rebecca, daughter of John Dodd. John Dodd was in 1719 commander of the St Quintin, a merchantman trading from London to ...

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Fletcher, Charles Montague (1911–1995), epidemiologist and broadcaster, was born in Cambridge on 5 June 1911, the son of Sir Walter Morley Fletcher FRS (1873–1933), of Burrels Field, Cambridge, fellow of Trinity College and first secretary of the Medical Research Council (MRC), and Mary Frances, ...

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Charles Montague Fletcher (1911–1995) by Nick Sinclair, 1994 © Nick Sinclair; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Greengross [married name Katz, afterwards Kates], Wendy Elsa (1925–2012), general practitioner and broadcaster, was born at 10 St Mary's Road, Golders Green, London, on 29 April 1925, the daughter of Morris Philip Greengross, formerly Moisze Fiszel Gringross (1892–1970), manufacturing jeweller, and his wife, ...

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Grimaldi, Joseph [Giuseppe] (1709x16?–1788), dancer and dentist, was probably born between 1709 and 1716, perhaps in Malta, the son of the dancer John Baptist Grimaldi (fl. 1709–1741) and his wife, Catherine (d. 1773). Many details of his life and circumstances are based on hearsay, conjecture, and fragmentary information. He was one of a family of Italian entertainers who performed throughout ...

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Hartley, William (1857–1924), showman and medicine vendor, was born on 8 August 1857 at Marsh Southowram, near Halifax, Yorkshire, the son of Alfred Hartley, described as a flag facer, and his wife, Sarah Ann (née Peel) (1832/3–1910). Of his early life nothing is known. ...

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Hicks, William Robert (1808–1868), asylum superintendent and humorist, was born at Bodmin, Cornwall, on 1 April 1808, the son of William Hicks (d. 1833), a schoolmaster of Bodmin, and Sarah, daughter of William and Margaret Hicks. He was educated under his father until 1824, and then under a ...

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Charles Hill, Baron Hill of Luton (1904–1989) by Elliott & Fry, 1951 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hill, Charles, Baron Hill of Luton (1904–1989), doctor, politician, and broadcaster, was born in Islington, London, on 15 January 1904, the youngest in the family of two sons and a daughter of Charles Hill, maker of pianoforte parts, who died in 1906, and his wife, ...

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Sir John Hill (bap. 1714, d. 1775) by Richard Houston (after Francis Cotes, 1757) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hill, Sir John [pseud. the Inspector] (bap. 1714, d. 1775), physician and actor, second surviving and fourth-born son of Theophilus Hill (1680–1746) and his wife, Ann Susannah (née Yorke), was baptized on 17 November 1714, probably in the region of Peterborough...

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Joseph Carey Merrick [the Elephant Man] (1862–1890) by unknown photographer, c. 1889 Royal London Hospital Archives and Museum

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Merrick, Joseph Carey [called the Elephant Man] (1862–1890), freak show novelty and medical curiosity, was born at 50 Lee Street, Leicester, on 5 August 1862, the elder son (there was also a daughter) of Joseph Rockley Merrick (b. 1835/6), a warehouseman and machine operator in a cotton factory, and ...

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Winstanley, Michael Platt, Baron Winstanley (1918–1993), physician, politician, and broadcaster, was born on 27 August 1918 at Green Bank, Willaston, near Nantwich, in Cheshire, the first son and second child of Sydney Adams Winstanley (1878–1953), a doctor in general practice, and his wife, ...