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Dickson, William Kennedy Laurie (1860–1935), electrical engineer and film-maker, was born on 3 August 1860 at Château St Buc, Le Minihic-sur-Rance, Brittany, France, the second of three children of James Waite Dickson (d. 1870s), an artist, and his second wife, Elizabeth Kennedy-Laurie (1823?–1879)...

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Smith, (Frank) Percy (1880–1945), film-maker and naturalist, was born on 12 January 1880 at 15 Elizabeth Terrace, Islington, the son of Francis David Smith, a printer, and his wife, Ada Blaker. In childhood he became fascinated with animal and plant life, its identification and classification, a passion exemplified by a story of him lying face down at a frozen pond, so engrossed in what he saw that he found he had become frozen to the ice and had to be freed by a friend. To please his family, however, at the age of sixteen he became a clerk with the ...