Frederick Cherrill

Frederick Cherrill (18 September 1892 – 23 December 1964) was a police officer and fingerprint expert, who became widely known as the Fingerprint Man. Fascinated by fingerprints since working with flour dust in a mill as a child in Berkshire, Cherrill entered the police in 1914 as a constable, joined the fingerprint bureau by 1920 […]

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Helena Wright

Helena Wright (17 September 1887 – 21 March 1982) was a pioneering figure in the fields of birth control and family planning. She studied medicine at the London Royal Free School for Medicine for Women and undertook missionary work in China during the 1920s specialising in gynaecology. On her return to London Margery Rice offered […]

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Albert Vickers

Albert Vickers (16 September 1838 – 12 July 1919) was the son of a Sheffield steel maker who along with his elder brother Tom oversaw an impressive period of growth for Vickers the steel making business and then latterly as an arms manufacturer. Educated in Germany, Albert joined Tom at the firm in 1854 where […]

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Cecil Stephenson

Cecil Stephenson (15 September 1889 – 13 November 1965) studied first at Leeds School of Art and then the Slade School of Fine Art in London, he took over Walter Sickert’s studio at 6 Mall Studios in Hampstead in 1919. His art might have followed a conventional route had it not been for leading avant-garde […]

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Paul Kossoff

Paul Kossoff (14 September 1950 – 19 March 1976) was one of the country’s greatest guitarists in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Son of the actor David Kossoff, he took up guitar at the age of 8 and was inspired by blues music. At the age of 18 he formed the group Free with […]

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Stephen Lawrence

Stephen Lawrence (13 September 1974 – 22 April 1993) was a British black man brutally murdered in a racially motivated attack whilst waiting for a bus in Eltham in South London. He was suddenly surrounded by white youths and was fatally stabbed. The case became the highest profile killing in recent times, exposing police mishandling […]

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Alice Ayres

Alice Ayres (12 September 1859 – 26 April 1885) was a nursemaid who lived with the family of her brother-in-law above an oil and paint shop in Southwark. In the early hours of 24 April 1885 a fire broke out in the shop blocking the family’s escape through the house. Alice ignored pleas to save […]

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John Martyn

John Martyn (11 September 1948 – 29 January 2009) was a singer-songwriter and guitarist who, by slurring his lyrics and running his acoustic guitar through a fuzzbox and Echoplex, developed a wholly original sound in a string of albums in the 1970s, most notably Solid Air, Inside Out, Sunday’s Child and One World released under […]

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Nancy Lancaster

Nancy Lancaster (10 September 1897 – 19 August 1994) was an American-born interior decorator, who bought into the decorating firm Colefax and Fowler, and alongside John Fowler was responsible for what became the English country-house look. Nancy Astor was an aunt and Joyce Grenfell a cousin, and Nancy married Ronald Tree in 1920. It was […]

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Gracie Cole

Grace (‘Gracie’) Cole (8 September 1924 – 28 December 2006) was a trumpeter who broke into the previously all-male preserve of brass and dance bands during the 1930s and 1940s. Her father was a miner and musician who played cornet in colliery bands in Yorkshire. He taught her to play the cornet when she was […]

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