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Parker, Sir Peter (1924–2002), businessman, was born in Malo-les-Bains, near Dunkirk, France, on 30 August 1924, the third son of Tom Parker, a marine engineer born in Hull, and his wife, Dorothy Sydney, née Mackinlay, a teacher. Both his brothers died during the Second World War. He spent half of his childhood in ...

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Ackerley, Joe Randolph (1896–1967), writer and literary editor, was born on 4 November 1896 at 4 Warmington Road, Herne Hill, south London, the younger son and second of the three children of Alfred Roger Ackerley (1863–1929), fruit importer, of London, and his mistress, ...

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Braybrooke [née Jolliffe], June Guesdon [pseud. Isobel English] (1920–1994), writer, was born at 15 Kensington Court Place, London, on 9 June 1920, the belated second daughter of John Mayne Jolliffe (1885–1957), a Welsh civil servant at the Ministry of Pensions, and his wife, ...

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Brophy, Brigid Antonia [married name Brigid Antonia Levey, Lady Levey] (1929–1995), writer and campaigner, was born at 79 Uxbridge Road, Ealing, London, on 12 June 1929, the second child of John Brophy (1899–1965), a Liverpool-born writer and editor of Irish descent, and his wife, ...

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Cockburn, Sarah Caudwell [pseud. Sarah Caudwell] (1939–2000), barrister and novelist, was born on 27 May 1939 at the Wandsworth maternity home, Weir Road, London, the daughter of (Francis) Claud Cockburn (1904–1981), journalist, and Jean Iris Ross (1911–1973), the daughter of Charles Ross...

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Daley, Harry (1901–1971), police officer and author, was born at 49 Stevens Street, Lowestoft, Suffolk, on 14 November 1901, the second son and fourth of the five children of Joseph Daley (d. 1911), skipper of a fishing smack, and his wife, Emily Firman...

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Davenport, Ernest Harold [pseud. Nicholas Davenport] (1893–1979), journalist and economist, was born on 10 August 1893 at 10 Ivanhoe Terrace, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire, the youngest in the family of three sons and one daughter of Thomas William Davenport (d. 1905/6), a brewer and high Anglican lay preacher of ...

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GPO Film Unit (act. 1933–1939), is the best known of several film-making collectives in what became known as the British documentary movement, which was active from 1929 to 1950. Under the leadership of John Grierson, often described as the 'father' of documentary, these collectives produced short films for a number of government departments and commercial organizations. As ...

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Hale, Kathleen (1898–2000), artist and writer, was born on 24 May 1898 at her family's holiday house, St Bede's, Broughton, Lanarkshire, the youngest of the three children of Charles Edward Hale (1859–1903), a travelling agent for Chappell pianos, and his wife, Ethel Alice Aylmer (1868–1965)...

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Isherwood, Christopher William Bradshaw (1904–1986), writer, was born on 26 August 1904 at Wyberslegh Hall, High Lane, Cheshire, the elder son (there were no daughters) of Lieutenant-Colonel Francis Edward Bradshaw-Isherwood (1869–1915), professional soldier in the York and Lancaster regiment, of Marple, Cheshire, and his wife, ...

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Patch, Henry John [Harry] (1898–2009), soldier and plumber, and longest surviving British veteran of the First World War, was born on 17 June 1898 at Fonthill Cottage, Combe Down, Somerset, the youngest of three sons (there were no daughters) of William John Patch (1863–1945)...

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Raven, Simon Arthur Noël (1927–2001), writer, was born on 28 December 1927 at 27 Welbeck Street, London, the eldest of the three children of Arthur Goddard Raven (1898–1968), a self-described 'gentleman' of independent means, and his wife, Esther Kate (1902–1961), daughter of ...

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Romilly, Esmond Marcus David (1918–1941), writer, was born on 10 June 1918 at 15 Pimlico Road, London, the second of the two children of Colonel Bertram Henry Samuel Romilly DSO (1878–1940), a professional army officer of Huguenot descent who served as military governor of ...

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Ross, Jean Iris (1911–1973), journalist and actress, was born on 7 May 1911 at Maison Ballassiano in Alexandria, Egypt, the eldest of the four children of Charles Ross (1880–1938), cotton expert for the Bank of Egypt, and his wife, Clara (1886–1970), daughter of ...

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Sansom, William (1912–1976), writer, was born on 18 January 1912, at 51 Pickwick Road, Dulwich, London, the third son of Ernest Brooks Sansom, naval architect, and his wife, Mabel May, née Clark, of Barrow. He was registered as Norman Trevor but adopted the name ...

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Upward, Edward Falaise (1903–2009), writer, was born on 9 September 1903 at Edfu, Kingston Road, Romford, Essex, the eldest in the family of three sons (one of whom died in infancy) and one daughter of Harold Arthur Upward (1874–1958), general medical practitioner, and his wife, ...