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Beckett, Sir (William) Eric (1896–1966), lawyer and Foreign Office official, was born on 20 October 1896 at Warren Bank, Broughton, Hawarden, Chester, the son of Thomas Abel Beckett, land agent, and his wife, Jessie Smith. He was educated at Sherborne School and Wadham College, Oxford...

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Bourne, Sir (John) Wilfrid (1922–1999), barrister and civil servant, was born on 27 January 1922 at Farleigh House, Farleigh Hungerford, Somerset, the second son and youngest child of Robert Croft Bourne (1888–1938), Conservative MP for Oxford City from 1924 to 1938, and his wife, ...

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Coldstream, Sir George Phillips (1907–2004), lawyer and civil servant, was born on 20 December 1907 at 37 Royal Crescent, North Kensington, the second son of Francis Menzies Coldstream (1876–1958), stockbroker, and his wife, Carlotta Mary, née Young (d. 1940). His family included soldiers and public servants, as well as the painter ...

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Dale, Sir William Leonard (1906–2000), lawyer and civil servant, was born on 17 June 1906 at The Rectory, Preston in Holderness, in the East Riding of Yorkshire, the elder son and eldest of the three children of the Revd William Dale (1852–1934), Church of England...

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Davies, Sir Alfred Thomas (1861–1949), solicitor and civil servant, was born on 11 March 1861 at Oak Lane, West Derby, Lancashire, the son of William Davies, a master linen draper, and his wife, Ann Thomas. He was educated at Waterloo high school, Liverpool...

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Digby, Sir Kenelm Edward (1836–1916), lawyer and civil servant, was born on 9 September 1836 at The Ridge, Wotton under Edge, Gloucestershire, the eldest of six sons of the Hon. and Revd Kenelm Henry Digby (1811–1891), honorary canon of Norwich and rector of ...

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Dobson, Sir Denis William (1908–1995), lawyer and civil servant, was born at Shortlands, Graham Park Road, Gosforth, Northumberland, on 17 October 1908, the son of William Gordon Dobson, shipbuilder, and his wife, Laura Janet, née Muskett. He was educated at Charterhouse School (1922–6) and at ...

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Eadie [née Hearn], Ellice Aylmer (1912–2001), barrister and civil servant, was born on 30 June 1912 at Edmonton, St Patrick's Hill, Cork, the daughter of Robert Thomas Hearn (d. 1952), Church of Ireland clergyman, later bishop of Cork, and his wife, ...

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Gwyer, Sir Maurice Linford (1878–1952), lawyer and civil servant, was born in London on 25 April 1878, the eldest son of John Edward Gwyer, public auditor and secretary of the Provident Clerks' Life Assurance Association, and his wife, Edith Linford. His sister, Barbara Elizabeth Gwyer...

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Sir Thomas Chalmers Hetherington (1926–2007) by Howard Lloyd © Howard Lloyd

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Hetherington, Sir Thomas Chalmers [Tony] (1926–2007), lawyer and civil servant, was born on 18 September 1926 at 4 Francis Street, Langholm, Dumfriesshire, the elder son and eldest of three children of William Maxwell Hetherington, medical practitioner, and his wife, Alice Mary Cooper, née...

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Sir Harold Simcox Kent (1903–1998) by Walter Stoneman, 1957 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Kent, Sir Harold Simcox (1903–1998), lawyer and civil servant, was born on 11 November 1903 at Tientsin (Tianjin), China, the younger son in the family of two sons and one daughter of Percy Horace Braund Kent (1876–1963), a barrister practising in the consular courts at ...

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John Tidd Pratt (1797–1870) by Maull & Polyblank, 1855 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Pratt, John Tidd (1797–1870), barrister and civil servant, was born in London on 13 December 1797, the second son of John Pratt, surgeon, of Kensington. He was admitted a student at the Inner Temple in 1819 and called to the bar in 1824. He married on 20 May 1821 ...

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Sir Bryan Clieve Roberts (1923–1996) by unknown photographer © reserved

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Roberts, Sir Bryan Clieve (1923–1996), lawyer and civil servant, was born on 22 March 1923 at Southsea, one of twin sons of Herbert Roberts, educationist, and his wife, Doris Evelyn, née Clieve. His father had taught at Radley College and London University before becoming director of education for ...

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Wheldon, Dame Juliet Louise (1950–2013), lawyer and civil servant, was born on 26 March 1950 at 48 Queen's Gate, Kensington, London, the younger child of John Wheldon (1911–1999), a manager and later director at Courtaulds, and his wife, Ursula Mabel, née Caillard (1908–2003)...