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Chadwick, Sir Edwin (1800–1890), social reformer and civil servant, was born at Longsight, near Manchester, on 24 January 1800. Surprisingly little is known of his early life, and of his mother nothing, except that she died in the infancy of her only son. His father, ...

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Preece, Sir William Henry (1834–1913), electrical engineer and administrator, was born on 15 February 1834 at Bryn Helen near Caernarfon, Wales, the eldest son of Richard Matthias Preece (1797–1854), stockbroker and politician, and his wife, Jane (1799–1870), daughter of John Hughes of Caernarfon...

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Sisson, Charles Hubert (1914–2003), poet, essayist, and civil servant, was born on 22 April 1914 at 468 Stapleton Road, Bristol, the third of four children of Richard Percy Sisson and his wife, Ellen Minnie, née Worlock. His father, who came from Kendal in ...

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Wolfenden, John Frederick [Jack], Baron Wolfenden (1906–1985), educationist and public servant, was born on 26 June 1906 in Swindon, Wiltshire. Jack, as he was known throughout his life, was the first-born child of George Wolfenden (d. 1962) and his wife, Emily, née...