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Goodcole, Henry (bap. 1586, d. 1641), prison visitor and author, was baptized at St James's, Clerkenwell, on 23 May 1586, the eighth or ninth child (he was a twin) of eleven children of James Goodcole (d. 1597) and his second wife, Joan Duncombe...


Klare, Hugh John (1916–2012), penal reformer and author, was born Horst Joachim Klare on 22 June 1916 in Berndorf, Austria, the youngest son of Fritz Alfred Klare, director of a non-ferrous metal company. Both in Austria and England, to which he and his Anglophile parents moved in 1932 for his father to take up a directorship of the ...


Eric Sutherland Lomax (1919–2012) by unknown photographer, c.1939 © Writer Pictures


Lomax, Eric Sutherland (1919–2012), prisoner of war and author, was born on 30 May 1919 at 11 Bedford Terrace, Portobello, Edinburgh, the only child of John Lomax (1878–1950), post office clerk, later post office manager, formerly a Stockport pawnbroker's assistant, and his wife, ...


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Purney, Thomas (1695–1730?), poet and prison chaplain, was born on 1 August 1695. His parents have not been identified. Perhaps he was related to a family of Purneys in Buckinghamshire, but his poems hint that he spent his childhood in Kent. After two years at ...