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Armstrong, Joseph (1816–1877), locomotive engineer, was born on 21 September 1816 at Bewcastle, Cumberland, the son of Thomas Armstrong (1785–1844), yeoman and later farm bailiff, and his wife. Joseph and his three older brothers went with their parents in 1817 to Canada where his brother ...

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Coppack, Thomas [Tom] (1895–1981), shipowner, was born on 14 August 1895, at East View, High Street, Connah's Quay, Flintshire, the fourth child and second son of Thomas Coppack (c.1867–1940), shipowner, of Connah's Quay, and Elizabeth Ann Butler (d. 1956) of ...

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Fairweather [née Runciman], Margaret (1901–1944), airwoman, was born at West Denton Hall, near Newcastle upon Tyne, on 23 September 1901, the second in a family of two sons and three daughters of Walter Runciman, first Viscount Runciman (1870–1949), and his wife, Hilda Stevenson (1869–1956)...

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Foden, Edwin (1841–1911), vehicle manufacturer, was born on 5 August 1841 in Smallwood, near Sandbach, Cheshire, the son of William Foden, a grocer, and his wife, Martha, née Goodall. He left school at thirteen, and after two years as a village post-boy he took up an apprenticeship with the agricultural engineering firm of ...

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Furness, Christopher, first Baron Furness (1852–1912), shipowner and industrialist, was born on 23 April 1852 at West Hartlepool, the seventh son of John Furness (1808–1885), provision merchant, and his wife, Averill, daughter of John Wilson of Naisbet Hall, co. Durham. John Furness worked as a coal trimmer on the local railway line until 1850 when he founded a grocery and provisioning business in ...

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Christopher Furness, first Baron Furness (1852–1912) by Sir Benjamin Stone, 1902 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hackworth, Timothy (1786–1850), locomotive engineer, was born on 22 December 1786 in Wylam, Northumberland, the eldest of three sons and five daughters of John Hackworth (d. 1802), master blacksmith at Wylam colliery, and his wife, Elizabeth Sanderson of Newcastle. He went to ...

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Healey, Donald Mitchell (1898–1988), car designer and rally driver, was born on 3 July 1898 in Woodbine Cottage, Perranporth, on the north coast of Cornwall, the elder of the two sons of John Frederick Healey, who ran the village shop, and his wife, ...

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Hickman, Ronald Price [Ron] (1932–2011), inventor and engineer, was born on 21 October 1932 in Greytown, Natal, South Africa, one of five children of Cyril Price Hickman (1899–1958), accountant, and his wife, Hélène Albertina de Villiers, née Neethling (1900–1957), who had been a schoolteacher before her marriage. He attended ...

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Sir George Kenning (1880–1956) by Elliott & Fry, 1943 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Kenning, Sir George (1880–1956), motor car distributor, was born on 21 May 1880 at Clay Cross, Derbyshire, the second son of the eight children of Francis Kenning (d. 1905), hardware dealer, and his wife, Ann, née Whitworth. Francis Kenning, who came originally from ...

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Newman, Frederick Edward Fry [Fred] (1916–2012), shipbroker and airline executive, was born on 14 July 1916 at 84 Fillebrook Road, Leytonstone, Essex, the son of Methodist parents, Frank Newman (1872–1953), shipping clerk, later shipbroker, and his wife, Katharine Alice, née Simpson (1884–1964). He was educated at the ...

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Pearson, Zachariah Charles (1821–1891), shipowner and philanthropist, was born in Sutton Row, Hull, on 28 August 1821, the eighth of the ten children of Zachariah Pearson, merchant, and his wife, Elizabeth. After the death of his mother in childbirth in 1825 he was taken into his uncle's household, but at the age of twelve he ran away to sea. The stowaway was quickly found and returned to complete his education at ...

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Zachariah Charles Pearson (1821–1891) English School, 19th cent. Hull and East Riding Museum / Bridgeman Art Library

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Sarah Jane Rees [Cranogwen] (1839–1916) by John Thomas by courtesy of the National Library of Wales

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Rees, Sarah Jane [pseud. Cranogwen] (1839–1916), sailor, schoolmistress, and poet, was born on 9 January 1839 at Dolgoy Fach, a cottage some 2½ miles from the coastal village of Llangrannog on Cardigan Bay, from which she took her bardic name, Cranogwen. She was the youngest of three children of ...

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Runciman, Walter, first Baron Runciman (1847–1937), shipowner, was born at Dunbar, East Lothian, on 6 July 1847, the fourth son of Walter Runciman, master of a schooner and later in the coastguard service, and his wife, Jane, eldest daughter of John Finlay, shipowner, of ...

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Walter Runciman, first Baron Runciman (1847–1937) by Lafayette, 1927 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Edward John Smith (1850–1912) by E. Harrison and Son, c. 1912 The Warrillow Collection, Keele University Library