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Cork, Sir Kenneth Russell (1913–1991), accountant, was born on 21 August 1913 in Finchley, Middlesex, the youngest of the three sons of William Henry Cork (1885–1940), chartered accountant, and his wife, Maud Alice, née Nunn. After leaving Berkhamsted School in 1930, he joined his father's ...

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Eyre [née Aldersey], Anne (1612/13–1681), account keeper, was probably the third of seven children of Samuel Aldersey (d. 1633), a London merchant and haberdasher who had traded to Nuremberg, and his wife, Mary (d. 1628), daughter of Philip van Oyrle...

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Harding, Sir Robert Palmer (1821–1893), accountant, was born on 18 February 1821, the son of Robert Harding (d. 1862), an auctioneer and house agent. It is thought that he had originally operated a fashionable West End hatters, a business which ran into difficulties, and according to legend a court official advised him to embark on a career in accountancy. He established a practice in July 1847, entered a partnership with ...

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Jenkinson, Sir Mark Webster (1880–1935), accountant, was born on 31 July 1880, at 263 Pearl Street, Ecclesall Bierlow, Yorkshire, one of seven sons of Mark Jenkinson (1856–1942), rent collector and later estate agent, and his wife, Hannah Elizabeth Mansell. Educated at Wesley College, Sheffield...

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Peat, Sir William Barclay (1852–1936), accountant, was born in Forebank St Cyrus, Kincardine, Scotland, on 15 February 1852, second son of James Peat, a farmer, and Margaret, née Barclay. Following his education at Montrose Academy, he became an indentured apprentice to a solicitor in ...

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Smallpeice, Sir Basil (1906–1992), accountant and businessman, was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on 18 September 1906, the son of Herbert Charles Smallpeice, a senior clerk in the London and River Plate Bank, and his wife, Georgina Ruth, née Rust. He suffered a serious bout of malaria at an early age and was brought back to ...

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Edwin Waterhouse (1841–1917) by unknown photographer, c. 1907 courtesy of PricewaterhouseCoopers

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Waterhouse, Edwin (1841–1917), accountant, was born on 4 June 1841 at Oakfield, Aigburth, Liverpool, the seventh and youngest child of Alfred Waterhouse senior (1798–1873), a partner in the firm of Nicholas Waterhouse & Sons, merchants and brokers of Liverpool, and his wife, Mary, ...