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Sir John Verney Bt, of Clare, Suffolk, the writer and painter, left estate valued at pounds 172,567 net.

Mr Ronald Gow, of Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, the playwright and dramatist, left estate valued at pounds 327,504 net.

Mr Herman Deighton Steiner, of London N6, cosmetician to the Queen Mother, left estate valued at pounds 1,134,358 net.

Mr Frederick Onslow Alexander Godwyn Bennett, of Selling, Kent, former chairman of Whitbread & Co, and President of Kent County Cricket Club, left estate valued at pounds 492,317 net.

Capt William John Lamb, of Brockenhurst, Hampshire, the anti-aircraft gunnery expert, left estate valued at pounds 158,319 net. He left pounds 500 each to St Anne's Catholic Church, Brockenhurst, the Apostleship of the Sea, and King George's Fund for Sailors.

Miss Margaret Evelyn Geraldine Hall, of Criccieth, Gwynedd, left estate valued at pounds 325,496 net. After personal bequests of pounds 5,500, she left the residue equally between Barnardo's, Cheshire Foundation, Help the Aged, the Society for the Assistance of Ladies in Reduced Circumstances, RNLI, NSPCC and Royal the British Legion.

Mr Charles Patrick Maule Hunting, of Horsted Keynes, West Sussex, former Master of the Ironmongers Company, left estate valued at pounds 5,017,521 net. He left pounds 50,000 to the Quincentenary Charitable Trust of the Worshipful Company of Ironmongers and a further pounds 2,000 to that Company, for their corporate funds; pounds 10,000 to the Glyndebourne Arts Trust; pounds 5,000 to the Parish of St Giles, Horsted Keynes, and pounds 5,000 for charities selected by his executors.