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Martin, William (1767–1810), naturalist and actor, was born at Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, the son of Joseph Martin, a hosier, and Ann Mallatratt (c.1746–1819), both from Mansfield. About 1769 he and his mother were abandoned; Joseph Martin moved to Ireland as an actor, adopted the name ...

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Simms, Eric Arthur (1921–2009), naturalist and broadcaster, was born on 24 August 1921 at The Cottage, Ladbroke Square Gardens, North Kensington, London, the youngest of the three sons and one daughter of Levi Simms (1872–1958), head gardener of Ladbroke Square Gardens, and his wife, ...

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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 ...