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Colman, Cecil (1878–1954), shoe manufacturer and retailer, was born on 30 May 1878 in Bournemouth, one of nine children of the Revd Robert Colman, Baptist minister, and his wife, Sophia (née Allen). His father was the son of a partner in the mustard firm of ...

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White, Sir George (1840–1912), shoe manufacturer and politician, was born on 13 March 1840 at Bourne in Lincolnshire, the son of Thomas White, bootmaker, and his wife, Mary. Educated at Bourne grammar school, at the age of sixteen he moved to Norwich as a boot manufacturer's clerk; he continued his education at night-school, and soon became involved in the concerns that were to dominate his adult life—...