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Harold Maurice Abrahams (1899–1978) by A. R. Coster, 1924 [after winning the 100 yards at the AAA championship at Stamford Bridge, London, on 21 June 1924] Getty Images – A. R. Coster

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Abrahams, Harold Maurice (1899–1978), athlete and civil servant, was born at 30 Rutland Road, Bedford, on 15 December 1899, the youngest in the family of two daughters and four sons of Isaac Klonimus (1850–1921) of Vladislavovka in Russian-occupied Poland and his wife, Esther Isaacs...

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Abrahams, Sir Lionel Barnett (1869–1919), economist and civil servant, was born in London on 9 December 1869, the only son of Mordecai Abrahams, secretary to the Initiation Society. Educated at the City of London School and Balliol College, Oxford, where he was an exhibitioner between 1892 and 1896 and won the Arnold historical essay prize in 1894, he headed the ...

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Cohen, Sir Andrew Benjamin (1909–1968), civil servant and colonial governor, was born on 7 October 1909 at Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, the twin son of Walter Samuel Cohen (1870–1960), financier and company director, and his wife, Lucy Margaret Cobb (1877–1942). On his father's side he stemmed from a wealthy Jewish business family, and on his mother's, from a radical Unitarian family; the two strains combined in the son to produce an élitist with a social conscience. His elder sister ...

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Cohen, Hannah Floretta (1875–1946), philanthropist and civil servant, was born at 63 Queen's Gardens, Kensington, London, on 25 May 1875, the only daughter of Sir Benjamin Louis Cohen, baronet (1844–1909). Her father was a great-grandson of Levi Barent Cohen, an Amsterdam merchant who had settled in ...

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Goldman, Sir Samuel (1912–2007), civil servant, was born in a three-roomed tenement at 225 Brady Street Buildings, Whitechapel, London, on 10 March 1912, the seventh and youngest son of Jewish immigrants who had settled in London in 1898, Philip Goldman, who worked in the clothing trade, and his wife, ...

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Kogan, Maurice (1930–2007), civil servant and scholar of education and public policy, was born Maurice Cohen on 10 April 1930 at 48 Stephens Road, West Ham, London. He and his identical twin, Philip, were the youngest of five boys and one girl of ...

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Maizels, Alfred [Alf] (1917–2006), economist, civil servant, and international civil servant, was born on 17 January 1917 at 100 Newark Street, Whitechapel, London, the third son of Israel Maizels, a master tailor who had immigrated from Poland in 1905, and his wife, Rebecca, ...

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Marre, Sir Alan Samuel (1914–1990), civil servant and ombudsman, was born on 25 February 1914 in Bow, London, the fourth child and second son in the family of three sons and three daughters of Joseph Moshinsky, who ran a tobacconist's shop near Aldgate East Station...

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Nathan, Sir Matthew (1862–1939), civil servant and colonial governor, was born in Paddington, London, on 3 January 1862, the second son of Jonah Nathan and his second wife, Miriam, daughter of Lewis Jacobs. His father descended from Jewish immigrants from Dessau and was a partner in a firm manufacturing paper goods. ...

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Sir Matthew Nathan (1862–1939) by Walter Stoneman, 1920 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Schloss, David Frederick (1850–1912), economist and civil servant, was born in West Derby, Lancashire, on 5 April 1850, the first son of Sigismund Schloss, merchant, of West Derby, and his wife, Rebecca Mocatta. He was educated at Manchester grammar school before matriculating at ...

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Waley [formerly Schloss], Sir (Sigismund) David (1887–1962), civil servant, was born in London on 19 March 1887, the eldest of the three sons of David Frederick Schloss (1850–1912), Board of Trade official and writer on economic and social matters, and his wife, ...

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Wolfe, Humbert [formerly Umberto Wolff] (1885–1940), poet and civil servant, was born of Jewish parents in the via Fatebenefratelli, Milan, on 5 January 1885. He was the younger son and third of the five children of Martin Wolff (1845–1894), of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, and his wife, ...