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Birley, Sir Robert (1903–1982), headmaster and educational administrator, was born on 14 July 1903 at Midnapore, India, the only son and elder child of Leonard Birley CSI CIE (1875–1951) of the Indian Civil Service (Bengal), and his first wife, Grace Dalgleish...

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Sir Robert Birley (1903–1982) by Jane Bown The Provost and Fellows of Eton College

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Sir William Hamilton Fyfe (1878–1965) by Olive Edis, c. 1931 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Fyfe, Sir William Hamilton (1878–1965), headmaster and university administrator, was born in London on 9 July 1878, youngest of the three sons of James Hamilton Fyfe (1837–1880), a barrister and journalist, and his wife, Mary Elizabeth Jonas. Henry Hamilton Fyfe was his eldest brother. His father died young, and his mother had little on which to bring up the family. ...

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Hallward, Bertrand Leslie (1901–2003), classicist, headmaster, and university administrator, was born on 24 May 1901 at 12 Norton Road, Hove, Sussex, the son of Norman Leslie Hallward (d. 1934), a member of the Indian education service, and his wife, Evelyn Alice, née...

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Eric John Francis James, Baron James of Rusholme (1909–1992) by Elliott & Fry, 1953 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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James, Eric John Francis, Baron James of Rusholme (1909–1992), headmaster and university administrator, was born on 13 April 1909 near Derby, the younger son of Francis William (Frank) James (1865–1945), of Parkstone, Dorset, commercial traveller for wholesale chemists, and his wife, Lilian (Lily) Taylor (...

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McCrum, Michael William (1924–2005), classicist, headmaster, and college head, was born at 3 Ashburton Road, Alverstoke, Hampshire, on 23 May 1924, the third of the four sons of Captain Cecil Robert McCrum (1892–1976), naval officer, and his wife, Ivy Hilda Constance (1891–1990), daughter of ...