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Joseph Cyril Bamford (1916–2001) by Lucinda Douglas-Menzies, 1989 © Lucinda Douglas-Menzies; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bamford, Joseph Cyril (1916–2001), engineer and businessman, was born on 21 June 1916 at The Parks, New Road, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, the son of Cyril Joseph Bamford, agricultural engineer, and his wife, Dolores Alice, née Turner. His family controlled and managed a long-established farm machinery business. The company, which manufactured balers and other equipment, had been started by his great-great-grandfather in 1812. He was brought up a Roman Catholic. After education at ...

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Curry, Dennis (1912–2001), businessman and geologist, was born on 18 May 1912 at 27 Lorne Road, Leicester, the oldest child in the family of three sons and three daughters of Albert Curry (1886–1950), cycle manufacturer, and his wife, Edith Ada, née Baxter. He was educated at ...

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Griffin, John Joseph (1802–1877), chemist, author, and business manager, the fourth and youngest son of Joseph Griffin (1752–1838), was born at Webb Square in Shoreditch, London, on 22 January 1802. The family later moved to Glasgow where the father sold books and chemicals. The eldest son, ...

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Hetherington, Sir Arthur Ford (1911–2002), engineer and businessman, was born on 12 July 1911 at 20 Hillside Gardens, Highgate, London, the second son and third child in the family of three sons and one daughter of Sir Roger Gaskell Hetherington (1876–1952), civil engineer, later chief engineering inspector for the ...

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Hirst [formerly Hirsch], Hugo, Baron Hirst (1863–1943), electrical engineer and company manager, was born in Munich on 26 November 1863, the son of Emanuel Hirsch, a distiller. Educated in Munich, he at first studied chemistry, intending to go into his father's business, but instead moved to ...

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Hudson, Thomas Charles [Tom] (1915–2009), computer industry executive, was born on 23 January 1915 at 26 Durham Road, Chislehurst, Kent, the youngest of three sons of Thomas Charles Bingant Hudson, farmer, and his wife, Elsie Elizabeth, née Harris. Hudson's father earned his living as the manager of fruit farms owned by his much older brother, whose death deprived him of his occupation. As a result the family emigrated to ...

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Matthews, Sir Peter Alec (1922–2006), engineer and businessman, was born on 21 September 1922 on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, the son of Major Alec Bryan Matthews, a steel engineer, and his wife, Elsie Lazarus, née Barlow. Brought up on a farm at ...

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Mensforth, Sir Holberry (1871–1951), engineer and engineering company executive, was born at Snow Hill, Bradford, Yorkshire, on 1 May 1871, the second son of Edward Mensforth and his wife, Dorcas, née Harrison. His father was a painter and decorator; his mother's family were machine makers, of ...

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George Horatio Nelson, first Baron Nelson of Stafford (1887–1962) by Harold Knight, exh. RA 1942 © Estate of Harold Knight, reproduced by permission of the Curtis Brown Group Ltd, London; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Nelson, George Horatio, first Baron Nelson of Stafford (1887–1962), electrical engineer and company manager, was born at 102 Church Road, Islington, London, on 26 October 1887, the eldest child in the family of two sons and one daughter of George Nelson, textile merchant, of ...

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John Richardson Mainwaring Simmons (1902–1985) by unknown photographer private collection

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Simmons, John Richardson Mainwaring (1902–1985), office systems pioneer and company director, was born on 18 March 1902 at 52 Ward Place, Cinnamon Gardens, Colombo, Ceylon, the third child of Sydney Mainwaring Simmons (1870–1955), clerk in holy orders, and his first wife, Beatrice Margaret Reynolds (1869–1907)...

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Sir Gerald Arthur Whent (1927–2002) by unknown photographer, 1992 Universal Pictorial Press

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Whent, Sir Gerald Arthur [Gerry] (1927–2002), businessman, was born on 1 March 1927 in Ferozepore, India, the youngest of the four children of Major Albert Whent, an officer in the Royal Artillery. He was educated at St Mary's College, Southampton, but was more interested in sport than academia and left at the age of sixteen to become an apprentice in an aircraft factory. Two years later, in 1945, he joined the army as a regular soldier. His military career took him to ...

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Sir Edward Wilshaw (1879–1968) by Bassano, 1935 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Wilshaw, Sir Edward (1879–1968), company manager and financier, was born on 3 June 1879 at Limehouse, London, the elder son of William George Wilshaw, a clerk with Fletcher's Dry Dock, and later its chairman and managing director, and his wife, Amelia Sewell.

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