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Batchelor, John (1820–1883), politician and businessman, was born on 10 April in Newport, Monmouthshire, the second son among the twelve children of Benjamin Batchelor, a timber merchant and shipbuilder. He was educated locally in a private school before being apprenticed to his father. He subsequently visited shipyards in ...

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Batley, Lawrence (1911–2002), businessman, was born on 15 February 1911 at 37 Bland Street, Lockwood, Huddersfield, in the West Riding of Yorkshire, the elder son of John Arthur Batley, iron moulder, and his wife, Beatrice, née Fawley, weaver. Although he passed the entrance examination for ...

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Jean Denton, Baroness Denton of Wakefield (1935–2001) by Nick Sinclair, 1992 © Nick Sinclair; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Denton [née Moss], Jean, Baroness Denton of Wakefield (1935–2001), rally driver, businesswoman, and politician, was born on 29 December 1935 at 103 Broadway, Wakefield, Yorkshire, the elder of two daughters of Charles Josiah Moss, stationery store keeper, later hospital supplies clerk, and his wife, ...

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Johnson, Robert Alan [Bob] (1940–2001), businessman and philanthropist, was born on 24 September 1940 at St Giles's Hospital, Camberwell, London, the youngest child and only son of Herbert Harcourt (Bert) Johnson, a clerk at a meat depot, and his wife, Lily, née Good...

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Laing, Hector, Baron Laing of Dunphail (1923–2010), businessman and philanthropist, was born on 12 May 1923 at 20 Braid Avenue, Edinburgh, the son of Hector Laing, businessman, and his wife, Margaret Norris, née Grant. He was born into a wealthy family, the fortunes of which came from the success of his maternal grandfather, ...

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Stakis, Sir Reo [formerly Argyros Anastasis] (1913–2001), hotelier and businessman, was born Argyros Anastasis on 13 March 1913 in the village of Kato-Drys, near Lefkara, Cyprus, the eldest in the family of two sons and four daughters of Argyros Anastasis, a peasant farmer, and his wife, ...

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Taylor, Thomas Johnston [Tom], Baron Taylor of Gryfe (1912–2001), businessman and public servant, was born on 27 April 1912 at 52 Lambhill Street, Glasgow, the son of John Sharp Taylor (d. 1915), engine fitter and organizing secretary of the Independent Labour Party...

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Tuke, Sir Anthony Favill (1920–2001), banker and businessman, was born on 22 August 1920 at Norcott Court, Northchurch, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, the eldest of the three sons of Anthony William Tuke (1897–1975), banker, and his wife, (Agnes) Edna, née Gannaway (d. 1966). Tuke's...

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Sir Anthony Favill Tuke (1920–2001) by Rex Coleman for Baron Studios, 1972? © reserved; Barclays Bank

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Ward, George Henry Reginald (1933–2012), businessman, was born in New Delhi on 2 April 1933, of Anglo-Indian descent, the son of George Henry Ward (d. 1941), an accountant working for the Indian railways. He attended a school in India run by Irish Christian Brothers. After his impoverished widowed mother brought her teenage son and daughter to ...

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Waring, Samuel James, Baron Waring (1860–1940), businessman and promoter of the decorative arts, was born at 99 Field Street, Everton, Liverpool, on 19 April 1860 (though his birth date was registered as 23 June 1860), the eldest son of Samuel James Waring (1837–1907)...