de Gerlache de Gomery, Adrien b. August 2, 1866 d. December 4, 1934 Explorer. Born in in Hasselt, Belgium, he was an engineer officer in the Belgian Royal Navy with a passion to explore the Antarctic. In 1896, he purchased a whaling ship and after an extensive refit, named it the Belgica. On August 16, 1897, he set sail from Antwerp, with the first multinational crew which included notable explores Roald Amundsen, Frederick Cook and Emil Racovita on an expedition to the Antarctic. He was also the first to spend 380 days there during winter, charting and naming...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Brussels Cemetery, Brussels, Brussels-Capital Region, Belgium
Thompson, George b. October 23, 1920 d. January 23, 1945 World War II Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Trinity Gask, Scotland, he served as a Flight Sergeant in the 9th Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force. On January 1, 1945, in an attack on the Dortmund-Ems Canal, Germany, his Lancaster bomber after releasing its bombs, was hit by ground fire and a fire broke out. Flight Sergeant Thompson who was the wireless operator, seeing that the mid-upper gun turret was ablaze, he went at once through the smoke filled fuselage into the fire, to the...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Brussels Cemetery, Brussels, Brussels-Capital Region, Belgium Plot: CWGC section, X.27.45.