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Hill, Philip Ernest (1873–1944), property developer and financier, was born at 8 Scarborough Terrace, Torquay, on 11 April 1873, the younger son and youngest of three children of Philip Hill (1839–1922), cab proprietor, and his wife, Mary Smith (1830–1883), a lodging-house keeper. His mother died when he was ten, his only sister subsequently bringing him up. In 1886 he entered ...

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White, James (1877–1927), property developer and speculator, was born on 17 May 1877 at 16A Sun Place, Rochdale, the son of Thomas White, bricklayer, and his wife, Catherine Mullroy. He was educated at St John's Roman Catholic School, Rochdale. At the age of ten he began working half-time in a cotton mill, and at nineteen he allegedly bought a ...