Aaron, Arthur Louis b. March 5, 1922 d. August 13, 1943 World War II Victoria Cross Recipient. He served in the British Army during World War II as a Acting Flight Sergeant in the 218th Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. An 1941 graduate of the Leeds School of Architecture, after earning his flying wings in June, 1942 he was assigned to his Squadron. Already a recipient of the Distinguished Flying Medal, he was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for his bravery during the August 12, 1943 raid on Turin, Italy. His aircraft, a heavy...[Read More] (Bio by: Thom Painter) Bone Military Cemetery, Annaba, Annaba, Algeria Plot: II.B.3.
Al-Jazairia, Warda b. July 17, 1939 d. May 17, 2012 Singer. Called "The Rose of Algeria" but usually known simply as "Warda", she was perhaps the Arab world's leading vocalist over a 50 year career that saw her give countless concerts and sell millions of albums. Born Warda Muhammad al-Fatouki to Algerian and Lebanese parents in the Paris suburb of Puteaux, she began singing professionally at 11 and quickly became known for performing Algerian patriotic songs. Upon her 1962 marriage Warda's husband forbade her to sing, a decision that silenced...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) El Alia Cemetery, Algiers, Alger, Algeria
al-Qadir, Abd b. September 6, 1808 d. May 26, 1883 Algerian Independence Leader. He was born in the town of Mascara when Algeria was part of the Turkish Empire, and received a comprehensive education. He made the hajj with his father in 1825 and returned to Algeria in 1830, shortly before the French invaded and supplanted the Turks. Abd began guerrilla warfare, and within two years was the leader of the resistance. For 15 years he prevented French control, but the French finally prevailed and Abd surrendered, was detained in France, and...[Read More] (Bio by: Bill McKern) El Alia Cemetery, Algiers, Alger, Algeria
Boumedienne, Houari b. August 23, 1932 d. December 27, 1978 Algerian Political, Military Leader. Boumedienne served as the leader of Algeria from July 1965 to his passing in 1978. He was born Mohammed Ben Brahim Boukharouba and adopted the name Houari Boumedienne after joining forces with rebels seeking independence from France. Boumedienne became chief of staff of the National Liberation Front in 1960 and concentrated on building up the rebel forces. After a treaty was signed with France in March 1962, problems broke out among the Algerian...[Read More] (Bio by: Mr. Badger Hawkeye) El Alia Cemetery, Algiers, Algiers, Algeria
Darlan, Jean Francois b. August 7, 1881 d. December 24, 1942 French Admiral. A career naval officer, he became commander of the French navy in 1939 and joined the Vichy government in 1940 as minister of the navy. After the fall of Pierre Laval in February of 1941, Darlan was named vice premier, foreign minister, and successor-designate to Marshal Petain; he was the actual head of government. When Laval returned to power in April of 1942, he lost his cabinet posts, but was given command of the French armed forces. In Algiers during the Allied landing...[Read More] (Bio by: Mr. Badger Hawkeye) Darlan Mausoleum, Algiers, Alger, Algeria
Duval, Cardinal. Léon-Etienne b. November 9, 1903 d. May 30, 1996 Roman Catholic Cardinal. A native of Chênex, Léon-Etienne Duval entered seminary in Annecy. Furthering his studies in Rome, he was ordained priest on December 18, 1926. Director of works in the diocese of Annecy, where he also taught at the local seminary, during the Second World War he supported the French Resistance. Named honorary canon and vicar general of Algiers in 1942, on November 3, 1946 he was elected bishop of the diocese of Constantine-Hippone by Pope Pius XII, receiving his...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Basilique de Notre-Dame d'Afrique, Algiers, Algiers, Algeria
Rimitti, Cheikha b. May 8, 1923 d. May 15, 2006 Singer. She was born Saadia Bediaf in Tessala, Algeria. She began singing for surviving. When she sang at weddings and parties as a youth, "people gave me food to eat." The artist, whose pioneering recordings inspired younger generations in her homeland and around the world was the title of "mother of rai," the Algerian music of dissent. In Arabic the word rai means "opinion" or "way of seeing." In its early form, the music was rooted in the concerns of everyday people...the joys, the pains...[Read More] (Bio by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni) Cimetière de Aïn Beida, Oran, Oran, Algeria