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Carter, Sir John Gregorio (1919–2005), lawyer and diplomatist, was born on 27 January 1919 in Cane Grove, East Coast Demerara, British Guiana, the only son and youngest of five children of Kemp R. Carter, pharmacist, and his wife, Gertrude, née Humphrys. His parents were both from ...

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Cudlipp, Reginald William [Reg] (1910–2005), journalist and promoter of Anglo-Japanese relations, was born on 11 December 1910 at 118 Lisvane Street, Cardiff, the second of three sons and second of four children of William Christopher Cudlipp, commercial traveller for a provision merchant, and his wife, ...

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Sir Robert Hart, first baronet (1835–1911) by Sir Benjamin Stone, 1908 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hart, Sir Robert, first baronet (1835–1911), official in the Chinese service, was born on 20 February 1835 in Portadown, co. Armagh, Ireland, the eldest of the ten children of Henry Hart (1806–1875), a retail merchant (‘spirit grocery’) and a devout convert to Wesleyan Methodism, and ...

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Massey, (Charles) Vincent (1887–1967), diplomatist and patron of the arts, was born in Toronto, Ontario, on 20 February 1887, the eldest son of Chester Daniel Massey (1850–1926) and his wife, Anna Dobbins Vincent (1859–1903). Raymond Massey, the film actor and director, was his younger brother. The family house, ...

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Parkes, (James Christopher) Ernest (1861–1899), colonial administrator and diplomatist, was born in Freetown, Sierra Leone, the son of Thomas Parkes (b. c.1812, d. 1884), and Jane Maitland (d. 1892). Thomas Parkes had been taken there as a boy from Guadeloupe...

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Lester Bowles Pearson (1897–1972) by Yousuf Karsh, 1944 Karsh / Camera Press, London

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Pearson, Lester Bowles (1897–1972), diplomatist and prime minister of Canada, was born on 23 April 1897 at Newtonbrook (later North York), Ontario, the second of three children of the Revd Edwin Arthur Pearson, a Methodist minister, and his wife, Annie Sarah, the daughter of ...