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Connor, Edric Esclus (1913–1968), actor and singer, was born on 2 August 1913 in the village of Mayaro, Trinidad, the son of Edwin Connor, shoemaker and small farmer. At sixteen he won a scholarship from the Trinidad government railway to study engineering at the ...

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Edric Esclus Connor (1913–1968) by unknown photographer collection of Stephen Bourne

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Evelyn Mary Dove (1902–1987) by Macari collection of Stephen Bourne

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Dove, Evelyn Mary (1902–1987), singer and actress, was born on 11 January 1902 at the Lying-in Hospital, Endell Street, London, the daughter of Francis Dove (d. 1949), a barrister born in Sierra Leone, and his English wife, Augusta, née Winchester. Francis Dove...

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Geldray, Max (1916–2004), harmonica player, was born Max Leon van Gelder in Amsterdam on 12 February 1916, the first child of Leon van Gelder, commercial traveller, and his wife, Margarite, née Baillosterky. His father was a hard-working perfume salesman for a Spanish company, but political upheavals caused his earnings to fluctuate wildly. The young ...

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Handley, Thomas Reginald [Tommy] (1892–1949), comedian, was born on 17 January 1892 at 13 Threlfall Street, Toxteth Park, Liverpool, the son of John Handley, a cow keeper, and his wife, Sarah Ann Pearson. Tommy Handley's father, who probably ran a dairy business, died while ...

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Lyttelton, Humphrey Richard Adeane [Humph] (1921–2008), jazz musician and broadcaster, was born on 23 May 1921 at St Christopher, Eton College, Buckinghamshire, the only son of the Hon. George William Lyttelton (1883–1962), schoolmaster, and his wife, Pamela Marie, née Adeane (1889–1975), a keen amateur musician. He had four sisters. One of his distant relatives, ...

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Humphrey Richard Adeane Lyttelton (1921–2008) by Triad Studios, 1954 © reserved; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Moore, Dudley Stuart John (1935–2002), actor, musician, and composer, was born on 19 April 1935 at Charing Cross Hospital, London, the son of John (Jock) Moore (born John Havlin; d. 1971), a Glaswegian engineer with the Stratford East Railway, and his wife, Ada Francis, ...

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Dudley Stuart John Moore (1935–2002) by unknown photographer, 1987 Sipa Press / Rex Features

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Secombe, Sir Harry Donald (1921–2001), entertainer, was born in Swansea on 8 September 1921, the younger son and third of four children of Frederick Ernest Secombe, a commercial traveller for the wholesale grocery firm Walters and Batchelors and an amateur cartoonist, and his wife, ...

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Sir Harry Donald Secombe (1921–2001) by David Poole, 1968 © David Poole / The Army Benevolent Fund; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London