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Thomas John Barnardo (1845–1905) by Stepney Causeway Studios, in or before 1905 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Barnardo, Thomas John (1845–1905), philanthropist and founder of Dr Barnardo's Homes, was born on 4 July 1845 at 4 Dame Street, Dublin, the fourth of five children of John Michaelis Barnardo (1800–1874), a Prussian subject and furrier, and his second wife, Abigail, daughter of ...

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Arthur Charles Mainwaring Bowen (1922–1980) by unknown photographer © reserved; Arthritis Care

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Bowen, Arthur Charles Mainwaring (1922–1980), founder of the British Rheumatic Association, was born on 24 March 1922 at Pentre-bach, Pontyberem, near Carmarthen, the son of Arthur Pendragon Bowen (1887–1942), a timber and builder's merchant, and his wife, Edith Helena Stephenson (1895–1984). He was educated at ...

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Cheshire, (Geoffrey) Leonard, Baron Cheshire (1917–1992), air force officer and charity founder, was born on 7 September 1917 in the Egerton Nursing Home, 65 Hoole Road, Hoole, Chester, the elder of two sons of Geoffrey Chevalier Cheshire (1886–1978), an academic lawyer who became Vinerian professor of English law at ...

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Chitnis, Pratap Chidamber, Baron Chitnis (1936–2013), political organizer and charity director, was born Pertab Chidamber Chitnis on 1 May 1936 at the Welbeck Hospital, 27 Welbeck Street, St Marylebone, London, the son of Chidamber Narayan Chitnis (1904–1975), medical practitioner, and his wife, Lucia (Harabandini), ...

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Philip Thomas Byard Clayton (1885–1972) by Howard Coster, 1937 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Clayton, Philip Thomas Byard [Tubby] (1885–1972), Church of England clergyman and founder of the Toc H movement, was born on 12 December 1885 at Maryborough, Queensland, Australia, the third son and sixth and youngest child of Reginald Byard Buchanan Clayton, manager of a sugar plantation, and his wife, who was also his first cousin, ...

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Cole, Cecil Jackson- (1901–1979), businessman and charity founder, was born on 1 November 1901 at 27 Knox Road, Forest Gate, London, the elder child and only son (there was another son from a later marriage) of Albert Edward Cole, a dealer in new and secondhand furniture, and his wife (who was also his cousin), ...

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Coward, William (1647/8–1738), merchant and benefactor of the Coward Trust, was born to unknown parents. Little is known of his early life, but, after establishing himself in the City of London, on 8 May 1676 he married Mary Watson (bap. 1653), whose parents were dead, and moved to ...

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Henry Croft (1861–1930) by unknown artist, c.1930 © Mary Evans Picture Library

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Croft, Henry [called the Original Pearly King] (1861–1930), road sweeper and founder of the pearly tradition, was born on 24 May 1861 at St Pancras workhouse, 4 King's Road (later St Pancras Way), Somers Town, London, the son of Henry Croft (1828/9–1871?)...

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Feilding, Lady Mary (1823–1896), founder of the Working Ladies' Guild, was the eldest daughter of William Basil Percy Feilding, seventh earl of Denbigh (1796–1865), and of Mary Elizabeth Kitty, eldest daughter of Thomas Reynolds Moreton, first earl of Ducie. Her mother died in 1842, when ...

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Gomm, Richard Culling Carr- (1922–2008), army officer and charity founder, was born at Mancetter Lodge, Mancetter, near Atherstone, Warwickshire, on 2 January 1922, the third of four sons of Mark Culling Carr-Gomm (1883–1963), civil engineer, and his wife, Amicia Dorothy, née Heming (1880–1962)...

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Groom, John Alfred (1845–1919), founder of the John Grooms charity for disabled children, was born at 6 North Street, Clerkenwell, London, on 15 August 1845, the third son of George Paul Groom (1819/20–1866), a copperplate printer, and his wife, Sarah Maria, née Wigton (1820/21–1902)...

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Hobman, David Burton (1927–2003), social reformer and charity director, was born on 8 June 1927 at 14 Walton Place, Chelsea, London, into a freethinking intellectual family. His father, Joseph Burton Hobman (1872–1953), was a journalist who at one time edited the Westminster Gazette...

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Hopkins, Charles Plomer (1861–1922), founder of missions to seamen and trade unionist, was born on 7 March 1861 in Brewster, Massachusetts, USA, the son of an American master mariner employed for many years as a river pilot in Burma, and an English mother, ...

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Howson, George (1886–1936), founder of the British Legion Poppy Factory, was born on 7 September 1886 at the rectory in Overton, Flintshire, the youngest in the family of four sons (the eldest of whom died in infancy) and one daughter of George John Howson (1854–1943)...

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Hulme, William (bap. 1631, d. 1691), benefactor of Hulme's Charity, was baptized at St Peter, Bolton, Lancashire, on 23 March 1631, the only son of William Hulme (d. 1637) of Hulme Hall, Reddish, near Prestwich, Lancashire, and his wife, Christian (d...