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Batley, Lawrence (1911–2002), businessman, was born on 15 February 1911 at 37 Bland Street, Lockwood, Huddersfield, in the West Riding of Yorkshire, the elder son of John Arthur Batley, iron moulder, and his wife, Beatrice, née Fawley, weaver. Although he passed the entrance examination for ...

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Davies, John Emerson Harding (1916–1979), business executive and politician, was born on 8 January 1916 at Blackheath, London, the younger son and second of the two children of Arnold Thomas Davies, a chartered accountant, and his wife, Edith Minnie Malchus Harding. John had Welsh, Scottish, and Armenian ancestry. He boarded at ...

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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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Eden, Sir Frederick Morton, second baronet (1766–1809), insurance company manager and writer on the state of the poor, was born at Ashtead, Surrey, the eldest son of Sir Robert Eden (created a baronet in 1776), governor of Maryland, and grandson of Sir Robert Eden, ...

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William Gibbs (1790–1875) by unknown photographer, 1862–3 © reserved

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Gibbs, William (1790–1875), businessman and religious philanthropist, was born on 22 May 1790 at 6 Calle de Cantarranas, Madrid, Spain, the second son of Antony Gibbs (1756–1815), merchant, and his wife, Dorothea Barnetta, née Hucks (1760–1820). The judge and politician Sir Vicary Gibbs...

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Griffin, John Joseph (1802–1877), chemist, author, and business manager, the fourth and youngest son of Joseph Griffin (1752–1838), was born at Webb Square in Shoreditch, London, on 22 January 1802. The family later moved to Glasgow where the father sold books and chemicals. The eldest son, ...

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Harben, Sir Henry (1823–1911), insurance company manager, was born on 24 August 1823 in Bloomsbury, London, the eldest of four surviving children of Henry Harben (1793–1868), wholesale cheesemonger of Bloomsbury, and Sarah (1798–1870), daughter of Benjamin da Costa Andrade, a Whitechapel merchant of Portuguese Jewish descent. The family claimed ancestry from one ...

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Hatry, Clarence Charles (1888–1965), company promoter, was born on 16 December 1888 at 48 Belsize Park, London, the eldest of four sons of Julius Hatry (1856/7–1907), silk merchant, and his wife, Henriette Ellen Katzenstein (1861/2–1943). In childhood he felt lonely, browbeaten, and disheartened by a severe father and a mother whom he thought snobbish and neglectful; he was a dreamy, inward, and dissatisfied child. After attending ...

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Jones, Jenkin (1779–1837), insurance company manager, was the son of Jenkin Jones and Sophia Jones (d. 1823) of Molesey, Surrey. In 1792, at the age of twelve, he joined the staff of the Phoenix Fire Office, Britain's second largest fire insurer, and the world's leading insurance exporter, and rose rapidly through the clerical ranks to become assistant secretary in 1802. In 1805, aged only twenty-five, he was appointed secretary to the company. He became assistant director in 1833....

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Laing, Hector, Baron Laing of Dunphail (1923–2010), businessman and philanthropist, was born on 12 May 1923 at 20 Braid Avenue, Edinburgh, the son of Hector Laing, businessman, and his wife, Margaret Norris, née Grant. He was born into a wealthy family, the fortunes of which came from the success of his maternal grandfather, ...

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Machell, James Octavius (1837–1902), racehorse owner and manager, born at Etton rectory, near Beverley, Yorkshire, on 5 December 1837, was the son of Robert Machell (1797–1860), vicar of Marton in Cleveland, who was descended from an old Westmorland family, and his first wife, ...

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Sir Dougal Orme Malcolm (1877–1955) by Walter Stoneman, 1938 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Malcolm, Sir Dougal Orme (1877–1955), colonial administrator and company director, was born on 6 August 1877 at Walton Manor in Epsom, Surrey, the younger son of William Rolle Malcolm (b. 1840), senior partner of Coutts's Bank, and his first wife, Georgina Wellesley (...

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Maxwell, Arthur Terence (1905–1991), banker and company director, was born at Rosslyn, Hammers Lane, Mill Hill, near Hendon, Middlesex, on 19 January 1905, the only son, in a family of one son and one daughter, of Brigadier-General Sir Arthur Maxwell (1875–1935), banker and company director, of ...

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Mensforth, Sir Holberry (1871–1951), engineer and engineering company executive, was born at Snow Hill, Bradford, Yorkshire, on 1 May 1871, the second son of Edward Mensforth and his wife, Dorcas, née Harrison. His father was a painter and decorator; his mother's family were machine makers, of ...

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Miller, Sir Francis Norie-, first baronet (1859–1947), insurance company manager, was born on 11 March 1859 at Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, the son of Henry Miller, chief of the statistical department, HM customs, and his wife, Ann Alexander Norie, who was of Scottish birth. He was educated privately and trained for the law, but instead began his insurance career in the ...

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