German born Sir Edgar Speyer was a naturalised British citizen for more than 20 years. He was a successful businessman and philanthropist having financed the project to build the London Underground, and rescuing the Proms from collapse.
In the early summer of 1914 Speyer and his wife Leonora stood at the peak of their success and celebrity status in London society. They kept a home called Sea Marge in Overstrand, now the local hotel of the same name.
At the outbreak of war, they became objects of suspicion within weeks. After harassment at both their Norfolk and London homes the Speyer family took refuge in America, leaving the country on 26th May 1915.
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