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Sir Roger Roland Charles Backhouse (1878–1939) by Walter Stoneman, 1932 © National Portrait Gallery, London


Backhouse, Sir Roger Roland Charles (1878–1939), naval officer, was born on 24 November 1878 at The Rookery, Middleton Tyas, Yorkshire, the fourth son (a twin with his brother Miles) of Sir Jonathan Edmund Backhouse, first baronet (1849–1918), and member of a well-known Quaker banking family, and his wife, ...


Foster, Robert (1754–1827), naval officer and benefactor, was born on 24 April 1754 in Lancaster, the eldest of the four children of Dodshon Foster (1730–1792), merchant, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Birket (1729–1766). He attended John Jenkinson's school at Yealand Conyers and the free school at ...


Wager, Sir Charles (1666–1743), naval officer and politician, was born at Rochester, Kent (not West Looe as is sometimes reported), after the death on 24 February 1666 of his father, Captain Charles Wager (b. 1630), who had started life as a boatswain in the merchant service and had become a lieutenant, then a captain, in the navy of the Commonwealth. His paternal grandfather was ...