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Bowman [née Bradford], Laura (1881–1957), musical entertainer, was born in Quincy, Illinois, USA, on 3 October 1881, the daughter of Charles Bradford (c.1850–c.1915), bartender, and his wife, Lois Adelaide, née Yeates (c.1850–1912). After being taken by her aunt for an education in ...

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See Harrison, Sir Reginald Carey [Rex]

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(Seifield) Gordon Heath (1918–1991) by unknown photographer collection of Stephen Bourne

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Heath, (Seifield) Gordon (1918–1991), actor and folk-singer, was born on 20 September 1918 in New York city, the son of Cyril Gordon Heath, originally from Barbados, and his wife, Hattie, née Hopper. He was educated at the City College of New York. His early stage roles included ...

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Kennedy, Douglas Neil (1893–1988), folk musician and dancer, was born on 11 May 1893 at 138 Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh, the son of John Henderson Kennedy (d. 1912?), solicitor and singing teacher, and his wife, Patricia Grieve Thomson (d. 1906). He was educated at ...

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Douglas Neil Kennedy (1893–1988) by unknown photographer courtesy EFDSS

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Race, Stephen Russell [Steve] (1921–2009), musician and broadcaster, was born in the St Catherine's area of Lincoln on 1 April 1921, the second son of Russell Tinniswood Race, solicitor, and his wife, (Annie) Robina, née Hurley (d. 1964). His grandfather Joseph Russell Race (1848–1880)...

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Elisabeth Margaret Welch (1904–2003) by unknown photographer, 1944 collection of Stephen Bourne

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Welch [née Welsh], Elisabeth Margaret (1904–2003), singer and actress, was born on 27 February 1904 at West 61st Street, New York. Her father, John Wesley Welsh, was born in Havre de Grace, Harford, Maryland, about 1860, of mixed African-American and American Indian ancestry (his mother came from the Lenape tribe in ...