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Marks, George Croydon, Baron Marks (1858–1938), engineer, patent agent, and politician, was born in Eltham, Kent, on 9 June 1858, the eldest of eight children (four of whom died in infancy) of William Marks, an artisan at the Royal Arsenal, Woolwich, and his wife, ...

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Woodcroft, Bennet (1803–1879), engineer and Patent Office administrator, was born on 29 December 1803 at Heaton Norris, Lancashire, the son of John Woodcroft. Both his parents came from Sheffield, but about 1800 John Woodcroft had established himself as a merchant and manufacturer of silk and muslin in business at ...