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Alexander Grafton 1845-1907
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Alexander Grafton 1845-1907

Alexander Grafton developed and manufactured steam-cranes.  He was a Member of the Institution of Civil and Mechanical Engineers. His firm, Grafton & Co., also known as the “Vulcan Works”, Bedford, exported cranes throughout the world...

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February 14, 2020
John Stride Ager
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John Stride Ager

John Stride Ager was the younger of the two children of Eliza and Frederick Andrew Stride Ager. His sister, Hester was born on 7th June 1891 and John was born on 5th March 1893. They...

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September 12, 2019
How it all began - James Wyatt
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How it all began – James Wyatt

James Wyatt was eleventh in the lineal descent from Thomas Wyatt, who was the brother of Sir Henry Wyatt, of Arrington. Thomas Wyatt was privy councillor to Henry VII, and great-uncle of Sir Thomas Wyatt,...

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July 19, 2019
William and James Geddes Brothers in Arms
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William and James Geddes Brothers in Arms

When thousands of Scottish Highlander soldiers arrived in Bedford for training in August 1914, the military authorities were concerned that an outbreak of infectious diseases such as measles could be life threatening for some of...

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June 28, 2019
Norman Greenshields - Borough Engineer
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Norman Greenshields – Borough Engineer

Norman Greenshields was an Associate Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers, a Member of the Institution of Municipal and County Engineers and a Member of the Sanitary Institute. For some 30 years, he was...

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June 04, 2019