The reliquary of the Gorcum martyrs d. 1572 The Gorcum martyrs were 19 Catholic clerics who were kidnapped from Gorcum (Gorinchem) by free-booting Protestant pirates in 1572 during the religious wars, and handed over to the Protestant authorities, who ordered them to be hanged when they refused to renounce the Pope. They were beatified in 1675 and canonized in 1867. Scenes from their martyrdom and canonization are depicted on the reliquary, which was made in 1870 and contains their remains, rescued from the site of the convent where the...[Read More] Cause of death: Hanged Church of St. Nicholas, Brussels, Arrondissement Brussel, 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, Arrondissement Brussel, Brussels-Capital Region, Belgium Plot: CWGC section, X.27.45.