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Balfour, Harold Harington, first Baron Balfour of Inchrye (1897–1988), airman, businessman, and politician, was born on 1 November 1897 in Farnham, Surrey, the younger son and second of the three children of Colonel Nigel Harington Balfour OBE, a serving officer, of Belton, Camberley, Surrey...

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Bristow, Alan Edgar (1923–2009), helicopter pilot, businessman, and inventor, was born on 3 September 1923 at 202 Bedford Hill, Balham, London, the elder child of Sidney Edgar Bristow (1892–1972), an Admiralty clerk and later naval store officer, and his wife, Betsy, née Falconer...

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Cadbury, Peter Egbert (1918–2006), aviator and businessman, was born on 6 February 1918 at 6 Kimberley Terrace, Great Yarmouth, the elder son of Sir Egbert Cadbury (1893–1967), then a flight commander in the Royal Naval Air Service, and his wife, Mary Forbes, née...

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Hunting, Sir Percy Llewellyn (1885–1973), shipping and aviation entrepreneur, was born on 6 March 1885, at Deep Dene House, Newcastle upon Tyne, the eldest son of Charles Samuel Hunting (1853–1921), a successful shipowner of Newcastle upon Tyne, and his wife, Agnes Mona Arthur...

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King, John Leonard, Baron King of Wartnaby (1917–2005), businessman, was born John King at 56 North Road Avenue, Brentwood, Essex, on 29 August 1917, the son of Albert John King (b. 1882), a sergeant in the Royal West Surrey Regiment and formerly a house painter, and his wife ...

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John Leonard King, Baron King of Wartnaby (1917–2005) by Chris Hay, 1987 © Chris Hay; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Marshall, Colin Marsh, Baron Marshall of Knightsbridge (1933–2012), airline executive and businessman, was born on 16 November 1933 at St Ronan's Nursing Home, Hillside Gardens, Edgware, Middlesex, the only son of Marsh Edward Leslie Marshall, a car salesman who later ran a Daimler...

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Colin Marsh Marshall, Baron Marshall of Knightsbridge (1933–2012) by Robin Laurance, 1999 © Robin Laurance / Rex Features

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Page, Sir Frederick William (1917–2005), aircraft designer and industrialist, was born on 20 February 1917 in Wimbledon, Surrey, the only child of Richard Page, a chauffeur then serving in the army, and his wife, Ellen Sarah, née Potter (d. 1960). His father was killed on active service in ...

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Pateman, Jack Edward (1921–2004), aviation engineer and businessman, was born on 29 November 1921 in West Somerton, Norfolk, the son of William Edward Pateman, head gamekeeper, and his wife, Lucy Varley, née Jetten. After attending Great Yarmouth grammar school he served in the ...

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Sutch, Peter Dennis Antony (1945–2002), businessman and airline executive, was born on 8 April 1945 at Hitchin, Hertfordshire, the son of Ronald Antony Sutch and his wife, Kathleen, née Roden. Much of his childhood was spent abroad in exotic and often dangerous places. When he was two his father was offered a post with the Anglo-French ...