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Benn, John Meriton (1908–1992), educationist and civil servant, was born on 16 July 1908 at 231 Manchester Road, Burnley, Lancashire, the third of the five children of Ernest Benn (1871–1935), leather merchant, and his wife, (Emily) Louise, née Hey (1879–1957). John Benn was educated at ...

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Holmes, Sir Maurice Gerald (1885–1964), civil servant and educationist, was born on 14 June 1885, the son of Edmond Gore Alexander Holmes (1850–1936), chief inspector of elementary schools for England, and his wife, Florence Mary (d. 1927), eldest daughter of Captain P. M. Syme RA...

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Leonard Horner (1785–1864) by unknown artist Heriot-Watt University Archive

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Horner, Leonard (1785–1864), factory inspector, geologist, and educationist, was born on 17 January 1785 at St George's Square, Edinburgh, the third and youngest son of John Horner (d. 1829), a wealthy whig linen merchant, and his wife, Joanna, née Baillie. In his youth his circle of acquaintances included ...

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Kogan, Maurice (1930–2007), civil servant and scholar of education and public policy, was born Maurice Cohen on 10 April 1930 at 48 Stephens Road, West Ham, London. He and his identical twin, Philip, were the youngest of five boys and one girl of ...

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Roseveare, Sir Martin Pearson (1898–1985), educationist and civil servant, was born on 24 April 1898 in the village of Great Snoring near Walsingham in Norfolk. Roseveare is a common Cornish name but the family, or at least his branch of it, were scattered about the country by absorption into the Victorian professional classes. He was a son of the rectory and lived his life securely in that class. The rectory was a living in the hands of ...

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Shuttleworth, Sir James Phillips Kay-, first baronet (1804–1877), civil servant and educationist, was born James Phillips Kay on 20 July 1804 in Rochdale, Lancashire, the eldest of the six children of Robert Kay (1768-1834), cotton merchant, and his wife, Hannah née Phillips (1780-1835)...

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Sir James Phillips Kay- Shuttleworth, first baronet (1804–1877) by unknown engraver, pubd 1877 (after C. A. Duval) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Struthers, Sir John (1857–1925), educationist and civil servant, was born in Adelphi Street, Glasgow, on 19 January 1857, the eldest son of Robert Struthers, provision merchant, and his wife, Agnes Muir. He was one of a large family, and was practically adopted and brought up by his father's sister in ...

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Sir John Struthers (1857–1925) by Maurice Greiffenhagen, 1922 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Tufnell, Edward Carleton (1806–1886), civil servant and educationist, was born on 27 October 1806 at Marylebone, Middlesex, the younger son in the family of two sons and one daughter of William Tufnell (1769–1809) and his wife, Mary (d. 1829), daughter of Thomas Carleton...

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Katharine Talbot Wallas (1864–1944) by Mary Sargant, 1883 The Mistress and Fellows, Girton College, Cambridge

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Wallas, Katharine Talbot (1864–1944), educationist and local government official, was born at the vicarage in Barnstaple, north Devon, on 11 April 1864, the eldest daughter of the Revd Gilbert Innes Wallas (1820–1890) and his wife, Frances Talbot Peacock. She had one brother, Graham Wallas...

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Wolfenden, John Frederick [Jack], Baron Wolfenden (1906–1985), educationist and public servant, was born on 26 June 1906 in Swindon, Wiltshire. Jack, as he was known throughout his life, was the first-born child of George Wolfenden (d. 1962) and his wife, Emily, née...

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John Frederick Wolfenden, Baron Wolfenden (1906–1985) by unknown photographer, 1956 Getty Images

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Wood, Sir Robert Stanford (1886–1963), civil servant and educationist, was born in Islington, London, on 5 July 1886, the younger son of the Revd John Roskruge Wood, Baptist minister, and his wife, Frances Ann Wren. He was educated at the City of London School...