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Rolls, Charles Stewart (1877–1910), motor car promoter and aviator, was born on 27 August 1877 at 35 Hill Street, Berkeley Square, London, the third son among the four children of John Allan Rolls (1837–1912), of Hendre, Monmouth, who was Conservative MP for Monmouthshire...

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Sword, John Cuthill (1892–1960), road and air transport manager, was born on 17 April 1892 at Groveside Cottage, Alexander Street, Airdrie, Lanarkshire, the son of William Sword, baker, and his wife, Jeanie Russell Cuthill. He attended elementary school at Airdrie and then started work with his father at the age of fourteen, before setting up in a bakery business on his own account. However, the First World War provided him, like many others, with an opportunity to broaden his horizons and change his career. Service in the ...

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(William) Miles Webster Thomas, Baron Thomas (1897–1980) by Walter Stoneman, 1943 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Thomas, (William) Miles Webster, Baron Thomas (1897–1980), motor company and airline executive, was born on 2 March 1897 at Garfield Villa, Cefn Mawr, near Ruabon, Denbighshire, north Wales, the son of William Henry Thomas, retired furniture dealer and restorer, and his wife, Mary Elizabeth (Polly), ...