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Geoffrey Shakespeare

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Bellman, Sir (Charles) Harold (1886–1963), building society manager, was born in Paddington on 16 February 1886, the second son of Charles Henry Bellman, coach builder, and his wife, Ellen Clemens, both of Cornish origin. After attending a higher-grade school in Kilburn until the age of fourteen he entered the ...


Sir (Charles) Harold Bellman (1886–1963) by Lafayette, 1929 © National Portrait Gallery, London


Russell, Thomas (1830–1904), financier and land speculator, was born in Cork, the first of six children of Thomas Russell (1808–1873), carpenter, and Mary Roberts (1811–1847), ward of a Church of Ireland rector. The Russells left Ireland with the infant Thomas in 1833. After seven years in ...


Wood, Edward (1846–1930), building society manager, was born on 8 September 1846 at Baddesley Ensor, Warwickshire, the son of Edward Wood, a collier, later a colliery under-manager, and his wife, Eleanor, née Atkins. His father was illiterate in 1846 and could only make his mark when registering his son's birth....