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  • Robert Hardy (1925 - 2017)
    Robert Hardy, the English actor who played Cornelius Fudge in several “Harry Potter” films, died Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017, in Denville Hall Retirement home for actors, Northwood, London, England, accordi...
  • William Tyndale, English Bible Translator (aft.1484 - 1536)
    From the English Wikipedia page on William Tyndale: William Tyndale (sometimes spelled Tindall, Tindill, Tyndall; c. 1492 – 1536) was an English scholar and translator who became a leading figure i...
  • Gustav Theodore von Holst (1874 - 1934)
    Gustav Theodore Holst (born Gustavus Theodore von Holst, 21 September 1874 – 25 May 1934) was an English composer. He is most famous for his orchestral suite The Planets . Having studied at the Royal...
  • Edward Anthony Jenner (1749 - 1823)
    Edward Anthony Jenner (17 May 1749 – 26 January 1823) was an English physician and scientist from Berkeley, Gloucestershire, who was the pioneer of smallpox vaccine. He is often called "the father of i...
  • Captain Mark Phillips
    "Captain Mark Anthony Peter Phillips, CVO, ADC(P) (born 22 September 1948) is a British Olympic gold-medal-winning horseman and ex-husband of Anne, Princess Royal, with whom he had two children. He rem...

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  • Gustav Theodore Holst (born Gustavus Theodore von Holst; 21 September 1874 – 25 May 1934) was an English composer, famous for his orchestral suite The Planets.
  • Edith How-Martyn (1875-1954) Born in Cheltenham; English suffragette.



  • Edward anthony Jenner (1749-1823) Born in Berkeley. The discovery of vaccination by Edward Jenner has arguably been responsible for saving more lives than any other medical advance in history. Thanks to Jenner the scourge of smallpox has been eradicated, samples of the disease now carefully stored in secure laboratories for research purposes only.



  • Laurie Lee (1914-1997) Born in Slad. English poet and writer.
  • Sir Bernard Charles Lovell (1913- ) Born in Oldham Common, Gloucestershire English astronomer and pioneer of RADAR.





  • Frederick Handley Page (1885-1962) Born in Cheltenham – Aircraft designer.
  • Captain Mark Phillips (1948 - ) Born in Tetbury, former husband of Princess Anne.



  • Robert Raikes the Elder (1690–1757), "the printer of Gloucester", founder of the Gloucester Journal, early pioneer of press freedom, buried in church of St Mary de Crypt


  • Dick King-Smith (1922- ) Born in Bitton, English author.
  • Fitzroy Somerset (1788-1855) Born in Badminton Died - English field marshal. Fought at Waterloo (1825) losing his sword arm.
  • Joseph Sturge (1793 – 14 May 1859) was an English Quaker, abolitionist and activist. He founded the British and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society (now Anti-Slavery International).


  • William Tyndale (c1493-1536) – Translator of the Bible into English and Martyr




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