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Albert Sydney Hornby (1898–1978) by unknown photographer © reserved; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hornby, Albert Sydney [nicknamed Ash] (1898–1978), grammarian and lexicographer, was born on 10 August 1898 at Melville Cottage, Garden Lane, Chester, the eldest of the four children of Joseph Sidney Hornby (1871–1940), publisher's agent, and his wife, Margaret Ann Kitchen (1872–1966). Joseph...