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Bacon, John Mackenzie (1846–1904), astronomer and aviator, born at Lambourn Woodlands, Berkshire, on 19 June 1846, was the fourth son of John Bacon (1809–1871), vicar of Lambourn Woodlands, a friend and neighbour of Charles Kingsley and Tom Hughes, and his wife, Mary Lousada...

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Douglas Graham Gilmour (1885–1912) by unknown photographer Sylvia Adams

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Gilmour, Douglas Graham (1885–1912), engineer and aviator, was born at Dartford, Kent, on 7 March 1885, the elder son of the large family of East India merchant David Gilmour (d. 1907), formerly of Shanghai, and his wife, Margaret Jane Muirhead (d...

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Lockspeiser, David (1927–2014), test pilot and aircraft designer, was born on 12 April 1927 at Newlands, Victoria Road, Farnborough, Hampshire, the son of Benjamin (Benny, later Sir Ben) Lockspeiser (1891–1990), a distinguished scientific worker at the Royal Aircraft Establishment, and later a government administrator, and his wife, ...

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Sempill, William Francis Forbes-, nineteenth Lord Sempill (1893–1965), engineer and aviator, was born on 24 September 1893 at Devonport, the eldest in the family of two sons and two daughters of John Forbes-Sempill, ninth baronet and eighteenth Lord Sempill (1863–1934), a soldier and landowner of ...

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Sir Thomas Octave Murdoch Sopwith (1888–1989) by unknown photographer, 1910 Getty Images

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Sopwith, Sir Thomas Octave Murdoch (1888–1989), engineer and airman, was born on 18 January 1888 at 92 Cromwell Road, Kensington, west London, the eighth child and only son of Thomas Sopwith (1838–1898), managing director of the Spanish Lead Mines Company of Linares in ...

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(John) Kenneth Sinclair St Joseph (1912–1994) by unknown artist The Master and Fellows of Selwyn College, Cambridge

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St Joseph, (John) Kenneth Sinclair (1912–1994), geologist, archaeologist, and aerial photographer, was born on 13 November 1912 at Rose Cottage, Cookley, Worcestershire, the only surviving son of John Daniel St Joseph, a forestry officer with the Indian forest service, and his wife, Irma Robertson, ...