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Green, Richard (1803–1863), shipowner and philanthropist, was born on 5 December 1803, probably in the family house in Blackwall Yard, Poplar, London, the fourth child, and third son, of George Green (1767–1849), shipbuilder, and his first wife, Sarah Perry (1774–1805), daughter of John Perry...

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Lewis, Cecil Arthur (1898–1997), airman and radio and television broadcaster, was born on 29 March 1898 at 11 Radnor Place, Birkenhead, Cheshire, the only child of Edward Williams Lewis, Congregational minister, and his wife, Alice, née Rigby. He was educated briefly at Dulwich College...

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Plimsoll, Samuel (1824–1898), politician and shipping reformer, was born on 10 February 1824 at 3 Colston's Parade, Bristol, the eighth of thirteen children born to Thomas Plimsoll (1785–1844), clerk in the Excise Office, and his wife, Priscilla (1789–1863), formerly Willing. Soon after his birth ...

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Samuel Plimsoll (1824–1898) by London Stereoscopic Co., c. 1875 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Starley, John Kemp (1855–1901), bicycle manufacturer, was born on 24 December 1855 in Walthamstow, Essex, the son of John Starley, market gardener, and his wife, Mary Ann Cippen. Starley won a grammar school scholarship and proved good at mathematics. His drawings of a steam engine with an oscillating piston so much impressed his uncle, the inventor and cycle maker ...

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Williams, Frederick Smeeton (1829–1886), Congregational minister and railway historian, was born in Newark-on-Trent, the second son of Charles Williams (1796–1866), a Congregational minister, and his wife, Mary Smeeton. The father was successively pastor at Newark-on-Trent and Salisbury (1833–5), before going to ...