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Alcock, Sir John William (1892–1919), aviator, was born at Basford House Cottage, Seymour Grove, Old Trafford, Manchester, on 6 November 1892, the eldest son of John Alcock, a domestic coachman and later a horsedealer, and his wife, Mary Whitelegg. He had a boyhood fascination with machines, and after attending the parish school at ...

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Ball, Albert (1896–1917), airman, was born at 301 Lenton Boulevard, Nottingham, on 14 August 1896, the elder son and second of three surviving children of Sir Albert Ball (1863–1946), master plumber, land agent, and sometime mayor of Nottingham, and his first wife, Harriet Mary Page (...

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Beamont, Roland Prosper (1920–2001), air force officer and aviator, was born on 10 August 1920 at 8 Private Road, Enfield, Middlesex, the son of Lieutenant-Colonel Ernest Clement Beamont, a trade officer with the Foreign Office, and his wife, Dorothy Mary, née Haynes. Educated at ...

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Billing, Noel Pemberton (1881–1948), aviator and self-publicist, was born on 31 January 1881 in Hampstead, the youngest child of Charles Eardley Billing, a Birmingham iron-founder, and his wife, Annie Emilia Claridge. He was educated at the high school, Hampstead; Cumming's College, outside Boulogne...

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Boothman, Sir John Nelson (1901–1957), air force officer and aviator, was born at Napier Road, Wembley, Middlesex, on 19 February 1901, the son of Thomas John Boothman, a railway clerk, and his wife, Mary, née Burgess. Educated at Harrow county school he was, in January 1918, too young to enlist in the British forces, so he joined the French ...

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Brabazon, John Theodore Cuthbert Moore-, first Baron Brabazon of Tara (1884–1964), aviator and politician, was born in London on 8 February 1884, the younger son in the family of two sons and two daughters of Lieutenant-Colonel John Arthur Henry Moore-Brabazon (1828–1908), landowner, of ...

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Brown, Sir Arthur Whitten (1886–1948), air navigator and engineer, was born in Glasgow on 23 July 1886, the only child of American parents, Arthur George Brown, an electrical engineer, and his wife, Emma Whitten. Arthur was still an infant when his parents moved their home to ...

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Butler, Frank Hedges (1855–1928), motorist and aviator, was born in London on 17 December 1855, the fifth son of James Butler, wine merchant, of Hollywood, Wimbledon Park, and his wife, Frances Mary, eldest daughter of William Hedges. He was educated at private schools at ...

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Cobham, Sir Alan John (1894–1973), aviator, was born on 6 May 1894 at Camberwell, London, the only child to survive of Frederick Cobham, a tailor, and his wife, Elizabeth Burrows. He attended a local council school and Wilson's Grammar School and then started work in a clothes store. In 1912 he became a pupil farmhand. He was a warehouse employee when the First World War was declared. Promptly enlisting, he served as an artillery NCO veterinary assistant in ...

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Duke, Neville Frederick (1922–2007), air force officer and aviator, was born on 11 January 1922 at 82 Hadlow Road, Tonbridge, Kent, the son of Frederick Herbert Duke (1881–1957), managing clerk for a corn merchant, and his wife, Jane, née Tarbit (1888–1971). Educated at ...

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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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Gower [married name Fahie], Pauline Mary de Peauly (1910–1947), aviator, was born on 22 July 1910 at Tunbridge Wells, Kent, the younger of two daughters of Sir Robert Vaughan Gower (1880–1953), solicitor and Conservative MP, and his first wife, Dorothy Susie Elenor (1882–1936)...

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Hamel, Gustav Wilhelm (1889–1914), aviator, was born on 25 June 1889, the only son in a family of four children of Dr Gustav Hugo Hamel (1861–1922) and his wife, Caroline Magdalena Elisa (1864/5–1960), a German-speaking Dane from Schleswig-Holstein. His father had been born in ...

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Hamilton, Douglas Douglas-, fourteenth duke of Hamilton and eleventh duke of Brandon (1903–1973), boxer, aviator, and politician, was born on 3 February 1903, the eldest of the seven children of Alfred Douglas-Hamilton, thirteenth duke of Hamilton (1862–1940), and his wife, Nina Mary Benita Douglas-Hamilton, ...

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Harrison, (Barbara) Jane (1945–1968), air steward, was born on 24 May 1945 at 2 Kingsdale Crescent, Bradford, Yorkshire, the younger daughter of Alan Frederic Harrison (1911–1996), then a policeman and later a driving examiner, and Lena Veronica, née Adlard (1914–1955). Jane, as she was known to her family, was educated at ...

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Hawker, Harry George (1889–1921), aviator, was born in South Brighton (now Moorabbin), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, on 22 January 1889, the second son in the family of two sons and two daughters of George Hawker (b. 1862), blacksmith, wheelwright, and wagon builder, and his wife, ...

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Heath [née Peirce-Evans; other married name Eliott-Lynn], Sophie Catherine Theresa Mary, Lady Heath (1896–1939), aviator and athlete, was born at Knockaderry House, Knockaderry, near Newcastle West, co. Limerick, on 10 November 1896, the daughter of John Peirce-Evans (d. 1916), farmer, of ...

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Henshaw, Alexander Adolphus Dumphries [Alex] (1912–2007), aviator, was born on 7 November 1912 in Peterborough, Northamptonshire, one of four children of Albert Henshaw (1888–1964), a wealthy entrepreneur in agriculture, property, and the holiday industry in Lincolnshire. He was educated at Lincoln grammar school...

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Johnson [married name Mollison], Amy (1903–1941), aviator, was born on 1 July 1903 at 154 St George's Road, Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire, the eldest of three daughters of John William Johnson (d. in or after 1941), a well-to-do herring importer, and his wife, ...

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Markham [née Clutterbuck], Beryl (1902–1986), aviator and author, was born on 26 October 1902 at Westfield House, Ashwell, Rutland, the younger child and only daughter of Charles Baldwin Clutterbuck, farmer and formerly a lieutenant in the King's Own Scottish Borderers, from which he was cashiered for absence without leave, and his wife, ...