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Johnson, Sir Frank William Frederick (1866–1943), entrepreneur and army officer, was born at Watlington, near Downham Market, Norfolk, on 21 June 1866, the son of Frederick William Johnson (bap. 1819, d. 1879) MRCS LSA, general practitioner of Watlington—the son of William Johnson...


Maude, Francis Cornwallis (1828–1900), army officer and entrepreneur, was born on 28 October 1828 at Sussex Place, Regent's Park, London, the eldest son of Francis Maude (1798–1886), a captain in the Royal Navy and the youngest son of Cornwallis Maude, first Viscount Hawarden in the Irish peerage...


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Meares, John (1756?–1809), naval officer and entrepreneur, is of unknown origins. Nothing is known of his early years until he entered the navy in 1771 on board the Cruiser, in the rating of ‘captain's servant’. After serving for nearly seven years, mostly in small ships, he passed his examination on 17 September 1778, when he was said to be more than twenty-two (passing certificate); the next day he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant. After the peace of 1783 he entered the merchant service and obtained command of a ship for a voyage to ...