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Gulliford, Ronald (1920–1997), educationist, was born on 8 December 1920 in Manchester, the second son of Frederick George Gulliford, blacksmith, originally of Somerset mining stock, and his wife, Lily, née Latchem. When he was four years old his family moved to Gloucester, where his father worked in the railway workshops. His earliest influences came in part from his father, a radical-thinking autodidact, and from his Methodist upbringing. Together these gave him a deep concern for the sanctity and rights of the individual, which later deeply influenced his educational thinking. He attended ...

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Hayford, Adelaide Casely- [née Adelaide Smith] (1868–1960), educationist and author, was born in Gloucester Street, Freetown, Sierra Leone, on 2 June 1868. Her grandfather William Smith, a Yorkshireman, was employed in the Gold Coast, where he married a Fante noblewoman, and in 1825 moved to ...

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Horrabin, James Francis [Frank] (1884–1962), socialist educator and cartoonist, was born at 12 Cromwell Road, Peterborough, on 1 November 1884, the eldest son of James Woodhouse Horrabin (d. 1937), a commercial traveller and later cutler, from Sheffield, and his wife, Mary Pinney (...

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Jabavu, Davidson Don Tengo (1885–1959), educationist in South Africa, was born in King William's Town, Cape Colony, on 20 October 1885, the eldest child of John Tengo Jabavu (1859–1921), newspaper editor and politician, and his first wife, Elda Sakuba (1864–1900). Both parents belonged to the Mfengu (Fingo) ethnic group, refugees from early nineteenth-century wars to the north who had settled in the ...

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Johnstone, William (1897–1981), painter and art educationist, was born on 8 June 1897 at his parents' house above their butcher's shop in Main Street, Denholm, Roxburghshire, the only son and youngest of the three children of William Johnstone (1855–1938), farmer and butcher, and his wife, ...

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Dame (Elizabeth) Leah Manning (1886–1977) by Bassano © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Manning [née Perrett], Dame (Elizabeth) Leah (1886–1977), educationist and politician, was born on 14 April 1886 at Burrish Street, Droitwich, the eldest of twelve children of Charles William Perrett and his wife, Harriet Margaret Tappin, both officers in the Salvation Army. Her mother had been a teacher and her father worked for a time in the family timber business. After her parents emigrated to ...

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Ryerson, (Adolphus) Egerton (1803–1882), educationist and Methodist minister in Canada, was born at Charlotteville township, Norfolk county, Upper Canada, on 24 March 1803, the fifth son of Colonel Joseph Ryerson (1761–1854) and his wife, Mehetabel Stickney (1766–1850). John Ryerson and William Ryerson, Methodist ministers, were his brothers, as was ...

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Tanner, Frederick Arthur [Robin] (1904–1988), etcher and educationist, was born on 17 April 1904 at 5 Ryde Road, Knowle, Bristol, the third son of six children of Sydney Albert Tanner, journeyman carpenter, and Emily Annie, formerly Baker, a housemaid from Kington Langley, Wiltshire...

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Valentine, Charles Wilfrid (1879–1964), psychologist and educationist, was born on 16 August 1879 at Halton Road, Runcorn, Cheshire, one of the eight children of Henry Valentine (b. 1841), a Wesleyan Methodist minister, and his wife, Sophia Woodcock. He attended Nottingham high school...

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Wolfenden, John Frederick [Jack], Baron Wolfenden (1906–1985), educationist and public servant, was born on 26 June 1906 in Swindon, Wiltshire. Jack, as he was known throughout his life, was the first-born child of George Wolfenden (d. 1962) and his wife, Emily, née...

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John Frederick Wolfenden, Baron Wolfenden (1906–1985) by unknown photographer, 1956 Getty Images