Beesley, William b. October 5, 1895 d. September 23, 1966 World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Gresley, Staffordshire, he served as a Private in the 13th Battalion, Rifle Brigade Prince Consort's Own, British Army. In actions at Bucquoy, France, on May 8, 1918, when Private Beesley's platoon Sergeant and all his section commanders were killed, he took command. He then rushed a post, shot four of the enemy, took six prisoners and sent them back to his lines. He with a comrade then brought his Lewis gun into action, inflicting many casualties...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Coventry, St Paul's Cemetery, Coventry, Metropolitan Borough of Coventry, West Midlands, England
Godiva, Lady b. September 5, 990 d. September 10, 1067 Folk Figure. Though some facts remain shrouded in mystery, she has come down to us as an English noblewoman who allegedly rode naked thru the streets of Coventry to protest her husband's tax policies. Undisputedly, Lady Godiva was the wife of Leofric, Earl of Mercia, "Godiva" being a Latin version of the Old English name "Godgifu", meaning "gift of God". The couple appear in numerous records of the time and were quite wealthy, sponsoring multiple religious institutions including, in 1043, the...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Saint Mary's Priory and Cathedral Coventry, Coventry, Metropolitan Borough of Coventry, West Midlands, England
Mortimer, Roger b. April 25, 1287 d. November 29, 1330 English Aristocracy. 1st Earl of March. Born at Wigmore Castle, Herefordshire, the firstborn of Edmund Mortimer, 2nd Baron Mortimer and his wife, Margaret de Fiennes. At about age 15 he was betrothed to Joan de Geneville, the couple would eventually have at least eleven children. In July 1304 his father was killed in a military skirmish, and as de Mortimer was underage at the time, the king placed him in the custody of his controversial favorite, Piers Gaveston. Within a year he was knighted by...[Read More] (Bio by: Iola) Greyfriars Coventry, Coventry, Metropolitan Borough of Coventry, West Midlands, England Plot: unmarked. Ground is now the churchyard of Christ Church Newgate St
Starley, John Kemp b. December 14, 1854 d. October 29, 1901 British businessman and inventor who is widely recognised as the father of the modern bicycle. He was born in Walthamstow, Essex. He moved to Coventry in 1872, first to work for his uncle building Ariel bicycles and then to go into business with local cycling enthusiast William Sutton in 1877 when they founded Starley and Sutton Company. They worked together to improve on the usability and safety of the penny farthing, which was the standard model of bicycle at this time. The breakthrough came...[Read More] (Bio by: Matt Harrison) London Road Cemetery, Coventry, Metropolitan Borough of Coventry, West Midlands, England
The Charred Cross Blitz memorial, international symbol of peace and reconciliation. When Coventry Cathedral was destroyed in the bombing raids of 1940, Reverend Howard commissioned "Jock" Forbes, the Cathedral stone mason, to fashion and altar from the rubble and a cross from two charred oak roof beams. The words "father forgive us" were inscribed on the wall behind the new memorial to serve as a reminder of the futility of war. Coventry has since become known as the reconciliation centre of the world, with the...[Read More] (Bio by: js) St Michael's Cathedral Coventry, Coventry, Metropolitan Borough of Coventry, West Midlands, England Plot: Chancel.
Ure, Mary b. February 18, 1933 d. April 3, 1975 Actress. English actress that starred in "Were Eagles Dare" and "A Reflection of Fear." She was found to be enchantingly beautiful, luminous blond. She died on April 3rd 1975, following a disastrous opening night on a London stage at the age of 42. Her death was listed as an accidental overdose of whisky and tranquillizers or suicide. She left behind 6 children. (Bio by: David) London Road Cemetery, Coventry, Metropolitan Borough of Coventry, West Midlands, England