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Abrahams, Harold Maurice (1899–1978), athlete and civil servant, was born at 30 Rutland Road, Bedford, on 15 December 1899, the youngest in the family of two daughters and four sons of Isaac Klonimus (1850–1921) of Vladislavovka in Russian-occupied Poland and his wife, Esther Isaacs...

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Airey, Sir Lawrence (1926–2001), civil servant, was born on 10 March 1926 at 44 Collingwood Road, Haverton Hill, Billingham, co. Durham, the only child of Lawrence Clark Airey (1897–1929), a metallurgist at a steelworks, and Isabella Marshall Pearson (1890–1967), who was before her marriage a bookkeeper. His father died when he was three years old, and he was brought up by his mother, who ran a boarding-house, and encouraged his education. He attended the ...

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Allen, Douglas Albert Vivian, Baron Croham (1917–2011), civil servant, was born on 15 December 1917 at 95 Sharp Road, Beddington, Croydon, Surrey, the son of Albert Allen (d. 1918), a bookkeeper then serving as a lance sergeant in the Queen's Royal West Surrey regiment...

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Allen, Philip, Baron Allen of Abbeydale (1912–2007), civil servant, was born at 17 Edgedale Road, Sheffield, on 8 July 1912, the younger son of Arthur Allen (1875–1962), schoolmaster, and his wife, Louisa Mary (Louie), née Tipper (1883–1966). From elementary school he won a scholarship to ...

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Anderson, Dame Adelaide Mary (1863–1936), civil servant, was born on 8 April 1863 in Melbourne, Australia, the eldest child in the large family of Alexander Gavin Anderson, a Scottish shipbroker, and his wife, Blanche Emily Campbell. Her grandfather was Dr Alexander Anderson, principal of the ...

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Anderson, John, first Viscount Waverley (1882–1958), civil service administrator and politician, was born at 1 Livingstone Place, Edinburgh, on 8 July 1882, the only surviving son of David Alexander Pearson Anderson (1855–1948), a fancy stationer who later became a director of a well-known firm of printers and publishers, ...

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Anderson, Sir John (1858–1918), civil servant and colonial governor, was born on 23 January 1858 at the Free School, Gartly, Aberdeenshire, the only son among the five children of John Anderson, schoolmaster and later superintendent of the Gordon Mission, Aberdeen, and his wife, ...

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Armstrong, William, Baron Armstrong of Sanderstead (1915–1980), civil servant and banker, was born in the Salvation Mothers' Home, Mare Street, Clapton, London, on 3 March 1915, the elder son of William Armstrong, of Stirling, and his wife, Priscilla Hopkins. Both his parents were ...

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Askwith, George Ranken, Baron Askwith (1861–1942), industrial arbitrator and civil servant, was born at Waltham Abbey, Essex, on 17 February 1861, the second but eldest surviving son of William Harrison Askwith (1811–1897), colonel (later general) in the Royal Artillery, and formerly superintendent of the royal gunpowder factories at ...

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Bancroft, Ian Powell, Baron Bancroft (1922–1996), civil servant, was born at Risedale Maternity Home, Barrow in Furness, Lancashire, on 23 December 1922, the only son of Alfred Ernest Bancroft (1886–1954), a schoolmaster who later became an inspector of schools, and his wife, Lilian, ...

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Barlow, Sir (James) Alan Noel, second baronet (1881–1968), civil servant, was born in London on 25 December 1881, the eldest of the five children of Sir Thomas Barlow (1845–1945), who was created baronet in 1901, physician to the royal family, and his wife, ...

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Bigge, Sir Lewis Amherst Selby-, first baronet (1860–1951), civil servant and author, was born on 3 April 1860 at Oakwood, Kent, the second son of Charles Selby Bigge (1834–1889), landowner and JP, and his wife, Katharina (d. 1918), daughter of John Scott Ogle...

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Bradbury, John Swanwick, first Baron Bradbury (1872–1950), civil servant, was born at Winsford, Cheshire, on 23 September 1872, the only surviving son of John Bradbury (d. 1889), oil merchant, and his wife, Sarah (d. 1901), daughter of William Cross, of Winsford...

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Bridges, Edward Ettingdene, first Baron Bridges (1892–1969), civil servant, was born at Yattendon Manor, Berkshire, on 4 August 1892. He was the third of the three children and only son of Robert Seymour Bridges (1844–1930), poet laureate from 1913 to 1930, and his wife, ...

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Brigstocke [née Brown], Heather Renwick, Baroness Brigstocke (1929–2004), headmistress and public servant, was born on 2 September 1929 at Upton Lodge nursing home, Alpha Road, Birchington, Kent, the elder daughter of Flying Officer (later Squadron Leader) John Renwick Brown, and his wife, ...

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Brook, Norman Craven, Baron Normanbrook (1902–1967), civil servant, was born at 18 Cricklade Road, Bristol, on 29 April 1902, the son of Frederick Charles Brook (1867–1937), variously a schoolmaster, inspector of schools, and assessor of taxes, and his wife, Annie Smith (d...

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Burke, Thomas Henry (1829–1882), civil servant, born on 29 May 1829, was the second son of William Burke (1794–1877) of Knocknagur, co. Galway, and Fanny Xaveria (d. 1874), only daughter of Thomas Tucker of Brook Lodge, Sussex, and his wife, Maryanne, sister of ...

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Carey, Sir Peter Willoughby (1923–2011), civil servant, was born on 26 July 1923 at 35 Guildford Road, South Lambeth, London, the only son of Jack Delves Carey, schoolmaster, and his wife, Sophia (Sophie), née Searle. He went to Portsmouth grammar school, where he was head boy, and won a scholarship to read classics at ...

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Cavendish, Lord Frederick Charles (1836–1882), chief secretary for Ireland, was the second son of William Cavendish, seventh duke of Devonshire (1808–1891), landowner and industrialist, and his wife, Blanche Georgiana Howard, fourth daughter of George, sixth earl of Carlisle, who were married on 6 August 1829. ...

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Chadwick, Sir Edwin (1800–1890), social reformer and civil servant, was born at Longsight, near Manchester, on 24 January 1800. Surprisingly little is known of his early life, and of his mother nothing, except that she died in the infancy of her only son. His father, ...