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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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Brooks, Robert (1790–1882), businessman and trader, was born in Laceby, Lincolnshire, and baptized there on 5 April 1791 at St Mary's Church, the second son of William Brooks, yeoman farmer at Laceby, and his wife, Ann Ostler. He was apprenticed to the wealthy ...

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Gee, Henry Simpson (1842–1924), shoe manufacturer and businessman, was born on 6 April 1842 at Lowerhead Row, Leeds, the eldest son of George Walker Gee, linen draper, and his wife, Ellen, née Simpson. He was educated privately at Grange School, Thorp Arch, near ...

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Hindley, John Scott, Viscount Hyndley (1883–1963), businessman and coal industry administrator, was born in Margate on 24 October 1883, the son of the Revd William Talbot Hindley (1845–1906), vicar of Holy Trinity, Margate, and his wife, Caroline, daughter of John Scott. He was educated from 1899 to 1901 at ...

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Hitchcock, Sir Eldred Frederick (1887–1959), businessman, was born on 9 December 1887 in Islington, London, the eldest, with his twin sister, Effie, of the seven children of Eldred Hitchcock, superintendent of Dr Barnardo's Home, Epsom, and his wife, Louisa Naomi Orchard. He was educated at ...

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Sir Eldred Frederick Hitchcock (1887–1959) by Harold Knight, exh. RA 1950 © reserved; unknown collection

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Pearce, Sir Austin William [Tin] (1921–2004), industrialist, was born at 90 Station Road, Devonport, on 1 September 1921, the son of William Thomas Pearce (d. 1970), a master builder, and his wife, Florence Annie Morcom, née Symons. From childhood he was known as ...

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Sugden, Sir Arthur (1918–2003), businessman, was born on 12 September 1918 at 73 Casson Street, Gorton, Manchester, the second child in the family of four sons and one daughter of Arthur Sugden (d. c.1938), a timekeeper at the wagon works of the ...

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Swire, (George) Warren (1883–1949), merchant and businessman, was born on 27 May 1883 in Pembroke Gardens, London, the only child of John Samuel Swire (1825–1898), and his second wife, Mary, née Warren (c.1851–1918). He was educated at Eton College from 1896 to 1901 (and retained a lifelong affection for the school), and then in ...