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Beadon, Frederick (1777–1879), Church of England clergyman and centenarian, third son of the Revd Edward Beadon, rector of North Stoneham, Hampshire, was born in London on 6 December 1777. He was educated at Charterhouse School and at Trinity College, Oxford. He took orders in 1801, and was shortly afterwards presented by his uncle, ...

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Brittain, Sir Henry Ernest [Harry] (1873–1974), journalist and politician, was born on 24 December 1873 at Storth Oaks, Ranmoor, near Sheffield, Yorkshire, the oldest surviving child in the family of two sons and three daughters (one daughter died in infancy) of William Henry Brittain (1835–1922)...

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(Archibald) Fenner Brockway, Baron Brockway (1888–1988) by Bassano, 1930 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Brockway, (Archibald) Fenner, Baron Brockway (1888–1988), politician and campaigner, was born on 1 November 1888 in Calcutta, the only son and eldest of three children of the Revd William George Brockway, London Missionary Society missionary, and his wife, Frances Elizabeth, daughter of William Abbey...

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Buckler, John (1770–1851), artist and architect, was born on 30 November 1770 at Calbourne, Isle of Wight, and baptized there at All Saints' Church on 27 December, the eldest son of Edward Buckler (1741–1792) and his wife, Hannah (1745–1809), daughter of William Jacob...

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Geoffrey Dearmer (1893–1996) by Tim Bishop, 1993 © reserved; News International Syndication; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Dearmer, Geoffrey (1893–1996), writer and radio broadcaster, was born on 21 March 1893 at 59 South Lambeth Road, London, the elder son of Percy Dearmer (1867–1936), Church of England clergyman and liturgist, and his wife, (Jessie) Mabel Pritchard White (1872–1915), children's writer and illustrator, daughter of ...

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Alfred Thompson Denning, Baron Denning (1899–1999) by Bryan Organ, 1982 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Denning, Alfred Thompson [Tom], Baron Denning (1899–1999), judge, was born on 23 January 1899 in Newbury Street, Whitchurch, Hampshire. He was the fourth of five sons and the fifth among the six children of Charles Denning (1859–1941), draper, and his wife, Clara (1865–1947)...

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Elizabeth (1900–2002) by Cecil Beaton, 1970 Camera Press, London; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Elizabeth [née Lady Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon] (1900–2002), queen of Great Britain, Ireland, and the British dominions beyond the seas, sometime empress of India, consort of George VI, later styled Queen Elizabeth, the queen mother, was born on 4 August 1900, the ninth of the ten children, and the youngest of the four daughters, of ...

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Hans Nathan Feibusch (1898–1998) self-portrait, c. 1951 © The Werthwhile Foundation; Tate, London, 2004

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Feibusch, Hans Nathan (1898–1998), mural painter, was born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, on 15 August 1898, the elder son of assimilated Jewish parents, Carl Feibusch (d. 1929), dental surgeon, and his wife, Marianne, née Ickelheimer, an amateur painter. He received a classical education and saw military service on the Russian front (1916–18). Following the war he briefly pursued medical studies, but then turned to painting and studied in ...

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FitzGerald, Mabel Purefoy (1872–1973), physiologist and clinical pathologist, was born on 3 August 1872 at North Hall, Preston Candover, Hampshire, the last of the seven children of Richard Purefoy FitzGerald (1837–1895) and his wife, Henrietta Mary (d. 1895), daughter of the Revd Anthony Chester...

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Kathleen Hale (1898–2000) by Kurt Hutton, 1949 Getty Images – Kurt Hutton

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Hale, Kathleen (1898–2000), artist and writer, was born on 24 May 1898 at her family's holiday house, St Bede's, Broughton, Lanarkshire, the youngest of the three children of Charles Edward Hale (1859–1903), a travelling agent for Chappell pianos, and his wife, Ethel Alice Aylmer (1868–1965)...

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Jenkins, Henry [called the Modern Methuselah] (d. 1670), claimant to extreme old age, was a native of Ellerton upon Swale, Yorkshire. He subsisted as a labourer and fisherman. Latterly he gained a livelihood by begging, and to attract attention regaled his patrons with anecdotes of his younger days. He claimed to have been born about 1501 and to have been sent at the time of the battle of ...

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Kilgour, Mary Stewart (1851–1955), educationist and feminist, was born on 24 September 1851 in Longford, Tasmania, the daughter of John Stewart Kilgour, a Scottish doctor, and his wife, Susan Ann (née Archer). The family returned to Britain in 1854 and eventually settled in ...

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Morgan, Frederick Charles (1878–1978), antiquary and book collector, was born on 29 June 1878 at 11 High Street, Stratford upon Avon, the sixth of nine children of John Morgan (1830–1908), bookseller and printer, and his second wife, Mary Kibler (1846–1929). After attending Stratford grammar school...

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Moss, Rosalind Louisa Beaufort (1890–1990), Egyptologist and bibliographer, was born on 21 September 1890 at Shrewsbury School, Shropshire, second of the six children of the Revd Henry Whitehead Moss (1841–1917), headmaster of the school, and his wife, Mary, elder daughter of the Revd W. A. Beaufort...