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Sir James Bird (1883–1946) by Walter Stoneman, 1946 © National Portrait Gallery, London


Bird, Sir James (1883–1946), naval architect and aircraft manufacturer, was born in Hackney, London, on 19 March 1883, the second son of Samuel Bird, merchant, of Calcutta and East Cowes, Isle of Wight. No birth certificate has been found, and there is uncertainty about the identity of his mother, as his father’s first wife, ...


Keary [married name Smith-Keary], Eily Marguerite Leifchild (1892–1975), naval architect and aeronautical design engineer, was born at Blenkarn, Elmbourne Road, Upper Tooting, London, on 12 October 1892, the second of the five daughters of Peter Keary (1865–1915) and his wife, ...