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Benson, Samuel Herbert (1854–1914), advertising agent, was born on 14 August 1854 at 7 Somerset Street, Marylebone, Middlesex, the son of Samuel Miles Benson, solicitor, and his wife, Phillipa, daughter of James Bourne of Lincolnshire. Benson began training for the law but at sixteen changed his mind and passed the entrance examination for the ...

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Hargreaves, (Charles) Roger (1935–1988), copywriter and children's author, was born on 9 May 1935 at 201 Bath Road, Cleckheaton, Yorkshire, the second of the four children of Alfred Reginald Hargreaves, then a woollen cloth manufacturer, and Ethel Mary, née Pickles; the family home was ...

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Hirst, Olive Mirzl (1912–1994), advertising agent, was born in Mortlake, Surrey, on 20 June 1912. Little is known of her early life. She was educated at the Abbey School, Mill Hill, north London, which she left in 1930 to work in the overseas department of ...

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Reece, Sir (James) Gordon (1929–2001), television producer and public relations consultant, was born on 28 September 1929 at Vinton Nursing Home, 14 Heath Park Road, Romford, Essex, the son of James Graham Reece, a motor engineer, and Beatrice Mary Langton, a nurse. Both parents were from ...