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(Harry) Verrier Holman Elwin (1902–1964) by unknown photographer, 1926 by kind permission of Wycliffe Hall, Oxford

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Elwin, (Harry) Verrier Holman (1902–1964), missionary and anthropologist, was born on 29 August 1902 at Pemole House, Castle Avenue, Dover, the eldest of the three children of Edmund Henry Elwin (1871–1909), bishop of Sierra Leone, and Minnie Ornsby, daughter of William Laban Holman...

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Fison, Lorimer (1832–1907), missionary and anthropologist, was born on 9 November 1832, the fourteenth son of Thomas Fison (1790–1846), miller and maltster, and Mary Matthew, daughter of John Gostling of Cotton [see Fison family]. After education at Sheffield he matriculated as a pensioner from ...

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Smith, Edwin William (1876–1957), missionary and anthropologist, was born on 7 September 1876 in Aliwal North, Cape Colony, where his father, the Revd John Smith (later president of the Primitive Methodist church), was serving as a missionary. He was one of five brothers and two sisters. He completed his education at ...

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Thomas, John (1797–1881), Wesleyan missionary and Tongan scholar, was born at Lower Clent, near Stourbridge, Worcestershire, on 7 November 1797, the second child and eldest son in the large family of William Thomas, blacksmith, and his wife, Hannah, née Hyde. His parents were devout members of the ...