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Beck, Simon Adams (1803–1883), gas industrialist and lawyer, was baptized at Condover, Shropshire, on 25 July 1803, the son of James Beck of Allesley Park, Warwickshire, and his wife, Sarah Coker. He trained as a lawyer and in 1829 married Sarah Ann, second daughter of ...

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Sir Maurice Richard Bridgeman (1904–1980) by Bassano, 1949 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bridgeman, Sir Maurice Richard (1904–1980), oil industrialist, was born at 13 Mansfield Street, Marylebone, London, on 26 January 1904, the third son of William Clive Bridgeman (1864–1935), a Conservative politician who was created Viscount Bridgeman in 1929, and his wife, Caroline Beatrix Bridgeman (1873–1961)...

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Hutchison, Sir (William) Kenneth (1903–1989), gas industrialist, was born on 30 October 1903 at Dooria, Assam, India, the third of the five children of William Hutchison (1855–1932), a tea planter, and his wife, Barbara, née McCormack (1880–1906). On the death of their mother the children were brought up by an aunt near ...

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Livesey, Sir George Thomas (1834–1908), gas engineer and industrialist, was born on 8 April 1834 at Canonbury Terrace, Islington, London, the eldest of the three children of Thomas Livesey (1807–1871), company manager, and his wife, Ellen, née Hewes (1806–1886). His family was already active in the developing gas industry: his great-uncle, also ...

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Longrigg, Stephen Hemsley (1893–1979), military governor and petroleum company executive, was born on 7 August 1893 at Sevenoaks, Kent, the younger son of William George Hemsley Longrigg (1859–1941), a banking official and businessman, and his wife, Kate Thorp (d. 1937).

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Pearce, Sir Austin William [Tin] (1921–2004), industrialist, was born at 90 Station Road, Devonport, on 1 September 1921, the son of William Thomas Pearce (d. 1970), a master builder, and his wife, Florence Annie Morcom, née Symons. From childhood he was known as ...

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Pearson, Weetman Dickinson, first Viscount Cowdray (1856–1927), building contractor and oil producer, was born on 15 July 1856 at Woodfield House, Shelley, Kirkburton, near Huddersfield, eldest son among the eight children of George Pearson (d. 1899), of Brickendonbury, near Hertford, and his wife, ...