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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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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 ...