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Allen, (Reginald) Clifford, Baron Allen of Hurtwood (1889–1939), politician and peace campaigner, was born at St Olave's, Slow Park, Newport, Monmouthshire, on 9 May 1889. As an adult he was always known as Clifford Allen, or by close friends as CA. He had a brother, ...

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(Reginald) Clifford Allen, Baron Allen of Hurtwood (1889–1939) by Elliott & Fry © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Anstey, Francis George [Frank] (1865–1940), politician and author, was born on 18 August 1865 in York Road Hospital, Lambeth, London, the only son of the recently deceased Samuel Anstey (1837/8–1865), master shoemaker, and his wife, Caroline Martha (1840?–1922), daughter of Francis Gamble, distillery foreman. ...

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Samuel Laing (1812–1897) by W. & D. Downey © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Laing, Samuel (1812–1897), politician, author, and railway executive, was born in Edinburgh on 12 December 1812. He was the son of Samuel Laing (1780–1868), author of Tours in Norway, Sweden, and Denmark, who was younger brother of Malcolm Laing, the historian of Scotland...

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Snell, Henry, Baron Snell (1865–1944), politician and secularist, was born on 1 April 1865 at Sutton-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, the son of Mary Snell, formerly Clark. His father's name was not registered; he was brought up by his mother and stepfather. His education at the village school was sporadic and rudimentary, and from the age of eight he was a cattle minder and bird scarer. By his tenth birthday he was working a twelve-hour day as a farm labourer. When aged twelve he was engaged at ...

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Walker, James (1883–1945), trade unionist and politician, was born at 817 Great Eastern Road, Parkhead, Glasgow, on 12 May 1883, the son of John Walker, a steel smelter, and his wife, Jane (Jeanie), née Harwood. He was educated at Parkhead public school, worked on a farm, and then became a steel smelter's apprentice. Having served his time he joined the ...