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Bamford, Joseph Cyril (1916–2001), engineer and businessman, was born on 21 June 1916 at The Parks, New Road, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, the son of Cyril Joseph Bamford, agricultural engineer, and his wife, Dolores Alice, née Turner. His family controlled and managed a long-established farm machinery business. The company, which manufactured balers and other equipment, had been started by his great-great-grandfather in 1812. He was brought up a Roman Catholic. After education at ...

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Joseph Cyril Bamford (1916–2001) by Lucinda Douglas-Menzies, 1989 © Lucinda Douglas-Menzies; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Girouard, Sir (Édouard) Percy Cranwill (1867–1932), railway engineer and colonial governor, was born on 26 January 1867 in Montreal, the son of Désiré Girouard (1836–1911) and his second wife, Essie (d. 1879), daughter of Dr Joseph Cranwill of Ballynamona, Ireland. The Girouard...

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Hansom, Joseph Aloysius (1803–1882), architect and inventor of the safety cab, was born at 63 Micklegate, York, on 26 October 1803, the second of the nine children of Henry Joseph Francis Hansom (bap. 1778, d. 1854), joiner and builder, and his wife, ...

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Holland, John Philip (1841–1914), inventor of the modern submarine, was born on 24 February 1841 in Castle Street, Liscannor, co. Clare, Ireland, the son of John Holland, a coastguard, and Mary Scanlon. Educated first at Limerick, he was prevented by poor eyesight from going to sea, so he took the initial vows of the teaching order of the Christian Brothers and studied at their schools in ...

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O'Gorman, Mervyn Joseph Pius (1871–1958), electrical and aircraft engineer, was born in Ireland on 19 December 1871, the son of Edmund A. O'Gorman of Harrogate, Yorkshire. After attending Downside School he read classics and science at University College, Dublin, before proceeding, in 1891, to the ...

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Pauling, George Craig Sanders (1854–1919), civil engineer and railway promoter, was born on 6 September 1854 at 4 Park Terrace, South Street, Lorrimore Road, Walworth, Surrey, the eldest child of the two boys and two girls born to Richard Clark Pauling (1833–1894), civil engineer, and his wife, ...