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Holding, Thomas Hiram (1844–1930), touring cyclist and promoter of recreational camping, was born on 29 December 1844 at Steel, Prees, Shropshire, the first son and first of nine children of Daniel Holding (1813–1857), a tailor, and his wife, Sarah, née Middleton (1823–1912). His parents became Mormons, and in February 1853 they sold their possessions and the family sailed for ...

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Eric Henry Liddell (1902–1945) by unknown photographer, 1924 Getty Images

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Liddell, Eric Henry (1902–1945), missionary and athlete, was born in Tientsin (Tianjin), China, on 16 January 1902, the second son in the family of two sons and a younger daughter of the Revd James Dunlop Liddell, a Congregational missionary from Drymen, Stirlingshire, and his wife, ...

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McGregor, William (1847–1911), football administrator, was born in Braco, Perthshire. Little is known about him before he moved in 1870 to Birmingham, where he and his brother Peter opened a linen draper's shop at 306–7 Summer Lane, Newtown, then about a mile from the city centre. He does not seem to have been much of a football player himself, although he had played the game with other boys in ...

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Samuel Ryder (1858–1936) by unknown photographer, 1930 © PA Photos

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Ryder, Samuel (1858–1936), seed merchant and golf sponsor, was born on 24 March 1858 at Walton-le-Dale near Preston in Lancashire, the first son of Samuel Ryder (1823/4–1904), a gardener, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Martin (1822/3–1904), a dressmaker. He had three elder and two younger sisters and two younger brothers. He attended ...

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Herbert William Sutcliffe (1894–1978) by Bassano, 1932 [right, with Percy Holmes after scoring a world record first-wicket partnership of 555 against Essex] © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Sutcliffe, Herbert William (1894–1978), cricketer, was born at Gabblegate, Summerbridge, near Hartwith, Yorkshire, on 24 November 1894, the second of three sons (there were no daughters) of William Sutcliffe (1864–1898), bobbin turner, journeyman, and later hotel proprietor, of Pateley Bridge, and his wife, ...

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Alfred Wainwright (1907–1991) by Nicholas A. Read © reserved; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Wainwright, Alfred (1907–1991), walker and writer, was born on 17 January 1907 at 331 Audley Range, Blackburn, Lancashire, the fourth and last child of Albert Wainwright (b. 1870), a stonemason, and his wife, Emily, née Woodcock (1873–1942), daughter of an ironmonger. Although baptized ...