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Assheton, Ralph, first Baron Clitheroe (1901–1984), politician and businessman, was born at Downham Hall, Clitheroe, on 24 February 1901, the second of four children and only son of Sir Ralph Cockayne Assheton, first baronet (1860–1955), of Downham Hall, and his wife, Mildred Estelle Sybella (...

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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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Batchelor, John (1820–1883), politician and businessman, was born on 10 April in Newport, Monmouthshire, the second son among the twelve children of Benjamin Batchelor, a timber merchant and shipbuilder. He was educated locally in a private school before being apprenticed to his father. He subsequently visited shipyards in ...

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Beale family (per. c. 1836–1912), lawyers, businessmen, and politicians, were already a well-established merchant family in Birmingham by the late eighteenth century.

William John Beale (1807–1883), the founder of Beale & Co., solicitors, of Birmingham and London, was the younger son of ...

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Bessell, Peter Joseph (1921–1985), politician and businessman, was born on 24 August 1921 at Elm Bank Nursing Home, Bath, the only son of Joseph Edgar Bessell, tailor, and his wife, Olive Simons Hawkins. His parents divorced in 1926 and Bessell was brought up by his father. Educated at ...

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Bignold, Sir Samuel (1791–1875), businessman and politician, was born on 13 October 1791, the third son in the family of three sons and three daughters of Thomas Bignold (1761–1835), businessman, and his wife, Sarah (1752–1821), widow of Julius Long and daughter of Samuel Cocksedge...

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Bowater, Sir Thomas Vansittart, first baronet (1862–1938), businessman and politician, was born on 20 October 1862 at Cheetham Hill, Manchester, the eldest child in the family of seven sons and two daughters of William Vansittart Bowater (1838–1907), paper merchant and agent, and his wife, ...

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Boyce, Sir (Harold) Leslie, first baronet (1895–1955), businessman and politician, was born at Taree, New South Wales, Australia, on 9 July 1895, the third son of Charles Macleay Boyce (1868–1936) and his wife Ethel May Thorne (d. 1943). Boyce attended Sydney grammar school...

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Carr, (Leonard) Robert, Baron Carr of Hadley (1916–2012), politician and businessman, was born at The Croft, Woodside Avenue, North Finchley, London, on 11 November 1916, the son of Ralph Edward Carr (1881–1972), a businessman whose long-established family firm, John Dale Manufacturing Company, made metal tubes and containers, and his wife, ...

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(Leonard) Robert Carr, Baron Carr of Hadley (1916–2012) by unknown photographer, 1979 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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(Francis) Arthur Cockfield, Baron Cockfield (1916–2007) by unknown photographer, 1988 Popperfoto / Getty Images

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Cockfield, (Francis) Arthur, Baron Cockfield (1916–2007), businessman, politician, and international civil servant, was born on 28 September 1916 at 26 Devonshire Road, Horsham, Sussex, the second son of Charles Francis Cockfield (1890–1916) and his wife, Louisa, née James (1890–1974). He never knew his father, a second lieutenant in the ...

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Cotton, Sir William James Richmond (1822–1902), businessman and politician, was born at Stratford-le-Bow, London, on 13 November 1822, the eldest son of William Cotton. He received a private school education before joining a solicitor's office and then becoming a leading partner in Culverwell, Brook & Co....

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Jean Denton, Baroness Denton of Wakefield (1935–2001) by Nick Sinclair, 1992 © Nick Sinclair; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Denton [née Moss], Jean, Baroness Denton of Wakefield (1935–2001), rally driver, businesswoman, and politician, was born on 29 December 1935 at 103 Broadway, Wakefield, Yorkshire, the elder of two daughters of Charles Josiah Moss, stationery store keeper, later hospital supplies clerk, and his wife, ...

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Eccles, David McAdam, first Viscount Eccles (1904–1999), businessman and politician, was born on 18 September 1904 at 124 Harley Street, London, the third of four sons and the fourth of five children of William McAdam Eccles (1867–1946), surgeon, and his wife, Anna Coralie Anstie (1870–1930)...

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Emery, Sir Peter Frank Hannibal (1926–2004), politician and businessman, was born at 100 Greencroft Gardens, Hampstead, London, on 27 February 1926, the son of Frank George Emery, a commercial traveller for a ladies' costumier, and later a small-scale clothing manufacturer, and his wife, ...

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Erroll, Frederick James, Baron Erroll of Hale and Baron Erroll of Kilmun (1914–2000), politician and businessman, was born in London on 27 May 1914, the only child of George Murison Erroll (1874–1926) and his wife, Kathleen Donovan, née Edington (d. 1952), daughter of ...

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Geddes, Auckland Campbell, first Baron Geddes (1879–1954), politician and businessman, was born in London on 21 June 1879, the second of three sons of Auckland (originally Acland) Campbell Geddes (1831–1908), civil engineer, and his wife, Christina Helen Macleod Anderson (1850–1914). He had four sisters, of whom two survived into adulthood. His siblings included ...