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Balfour, Honor Catherine Mary (1912–2001), politician and journalist, was born on 4 August 1912 at 70 Pemberton Road, West Derby, Liverpool, the daughter of Robert Balfour, a foreign agent's managing clerk, and his wife, Sara Ellen, née Jenkins. Her father came from a family of Scottish seafarers and was unrelated to the political family bearing the same name. He served in the army during the First World War and was killed in ...

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Barrie [formerly Barry], Michael Maltman (1842–1909), journalist and tory-Marxist, was born in Glasgow, the son of Edward Barry, a shoemaker. Little is known of his early life except that he was educated at Glasgow grammar school. In 1864 he moved to London...

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Beaumont, Augustus Hardin (1798–1838), journalist and Chartist, was born in New York on 29 August 1798, the second of three sons of Arthur Chichester Beaumont (d. 1806/7), who had been on the medical staff of the British army during the American War of Independence. His mother, whose name was ...

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Beckett, John William (1894–1964), political activist and journalist, was born at 165 King Street, Hammersmith, London, on 11 October 1894, the only son of William Beckett, master draper, and Eva Dorothy (née Salmon). He was educated at the local elementary school and ...

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Chesterton, Arthur Kenneth (1899–1973), journalist and political activist, was born on 1 May 1899, at Krugesdorp, near Johannesburg, Transvaal republic, the only son of Arthur George Chesterton, secretary to a mining company, and his wife, Ethel Down. The novelist Gilbert Keith Chesterton was a second cousin. Educated at ...

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Czira [née Gifford], Sidney [pseud. John Brennan] (1889–1974), journalist and Irish republican activist, was born at 8 Temple Villas, Palmerston Road, Rathmines, Dublin, on 3 August 1889, the youngest daughter and youngest of the twelve children (six boys and six girls) of ...

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Hector, Leonard Churchill [Tim] (1942–2002), journalist and political activist in Antigua, was born on 24 November 1942 in St John's, Antigua. His father was from Montserrat. He was brought up by his Antiguan mother, Mable Hector, whom he always credited with being his role model. He was a Roman Catholic, and his education began at ...

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Hinden [née Gesundheit], Rita (1909–1971), journalist and campaigner on colonial issues, was born on 16 December 1909 in Cape Town, Cape Colony, and given the name Rebecca, which she never used. She was the second of the four children of Jacob or Jacov Gesundheit (1880–1955)...

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Hobson, Samuel George (1870–1940), political activist and journalist, was born on 4 February 1870 in Bessbrook, near Newry, Northern Ireland, one of nine children of William Hobson, a Quaker minister, and his wife, Elizabeth, a teacher. Hobson's parents were both strict observers of their religion and they moved to ...

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Howard, Peter Dunsmore (1908–1965), journalist and leader of Moral Re-Armament, was born at 8 Laburnham Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire, on 20 December 1908, when his forenames were registered as Hereward Peter. He was the elder of two sons of Ebenezer Cecil Howard (1881–1960), a preparatory school teacher who was also a non-practising barrister, and his wife, ...

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Hutt, (George) Allen (1901–1973), journalist and political activist, was born at 57 Harvist Road, Willesden, London, on 20 September 1901, the son of Edwin George Wellington Hutt, a commercial clerk and later general manager in the paper industry, and his wife, Marion de Witt...

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Hyde, Douglas Arnold (1911–1996), journalist and political activist, was born on 8 April 1911 at 43 Queen Street, Worthing, Sussex, the son of Gerald Hyde, a pastry cook and confectioner, and his wife, Alice Emily, née Shill, a dressmaker and milliner, who later became a journalist. After living in ...

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Ludmer, Maurice Julian (1926–1981), journalist and political activist, was born at 42 Hilton Street, Salford, on 7 August 1926, the son of Ben Ludmer, a self-employed hairdresser, and his wife, Becky, née Lazarus, a teacher of Hebrew. The family moved to Birmingham in 1939 where ...

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MacPherson, Hector Carsewell (1851–1924), journalist and political campaigner, was born in Glasgow on 16 October 1851, the son of Archibald MacPherson (1830–1900), who worked in a warehouse in the city and later became a newspaper advertising manager, and his wife, Margaret, née Ferguson (1833/4–1852)...

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Maxse, Leopold James (1864–1932), journalist and political activist, was born on 11 November 1864 in London, the second child and younger son of Admiral Frederick Augustus Maxse (1833–1900) and his wife, Cecilia (d. 1918), daughter of Colonel James Steel, who came from a family of ...

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Morel, Edmund Dene [formerly Georges Edmond Pierre Achille Morel de Ville] (1873–1924), campaigner on international issues and journalist, was born in avenue d'Eylau, Paris, on 10 July 1873, the only child of Edmond Morel de Ville (c.1848–1877), a middle-ranking French civil servant of good family, and his wife, ...

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Henry Woodd Nevinson (1856–1941) by Sir William Rothenstein, 1924 © Estate of Sir William Rothenstein / National Portrait Gallery, London

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Nevinson, Henry Woodd (1856–1941), social activist and journalist, was born at 5 South Fields Place, Leicester, on 11 October 1856, the second son of George Nevinson, a solicitor, and his wife, Maria Jane, née Woodd, who raised him in a strictly evangelical atmosphere. In 1872 he won a scholarship at ...

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Perris, (George) Herbert (1866–1920), journalist and peace campaigner, was born on 29 January 1866 at 15 Tooke Street, Everton, Liverpool, the eldest of five children of the Revd Henry Woods Perris (1839–1926), a Unitarian minister, and his wife, Ellen Partington Perris (1839–1924), both of ...