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Dash, Jack O'Brien (1907–1989), political activist and unofficial dockers' leader, was born on 23 April 1907 in Southwark, south London, the youngest of four sons of Joseph Thomas Dash, a stagehand, and his wife, Rose Gertrude Johns, an actor. According to Dash's own account, his upbringing was one of great material hardship. His mother died of tuberculosis when he was seven and his father, who then had an even greater struggle to support the family, also died of a lung complaint a few years later. After an elementary schooling, his skill at drawing led to a trial period with an engraving firm, but pressure to take home a better wage resulted in a series of menial jobs, starting in a ...

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Sir William Mackinnon, baronet (1823–1893) by Eveleen Myers © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Mackinnon, Sir William, baronet (1823–1893), shipping entrepreneur and imperialist, born at Campbeltown, Argyll, on 31 March 1823, was the son of Duncan Mackinnon (d. 1836) of Campbeltown and his wife, Isabella (d. 1861), daughter of John Currie of the same town. He was educated at ...

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Vaughan, William (1752–1850), promoter of the London docks, was born in London on 22 September 1752, the second son of Samuel Vaughan (1720–1802), a London merchant, and his wife, Sarah (1727–1809), daughter of Benjamin Hallowell of Boston, Massachusetts. He received a good education, first at ...