, Saint. Felicity Saint and Christian martyr. Not much is known about Felicity’s life except that she was a slave who, along with Saint Perpetua and two others, was a catechumen (Christians being instructed in the faith but not yet baptized) at the time of her arrest. All five were baptized afterwards. Felicity was also eight months pregnant. She was afraid that she would not give birth before the day of their execution, because it was against the law to execute pregnant women. However, two days before the...[Read More] (Bio by: Red Queen) The Basilica Maiorum, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
, Saint. Perpetua Saint and Christian martyr. Born Vibia Perpetua circa 182, she came from a prosperous pagan family. At the time of her arrest in the year 203, Perpetua was married and a mother of a nursing infant. She was a catechumen (Christians being instructed in the faith but not yet baptized) who was baptized after she was arrested. While in prison, Pepetua wrote a journal that chronicled her trial and imprisonment, which was completed by a contemporary who described Perpetua’s death in the arena. This...[Read More] (Bio by: Red Queen) The Basilica Maiorum, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
Anderson, Eric b. September 15, 1915 d. April 6, 1943 World War II Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Bradford, England, he served as a Private in the 5th Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment, British Army. During a withdraw in actions at Wadi Akarit, Tunisia, on April 6, 1943, the East Yorkshire Regiment temporarily behind the crest of a hill. Private Anderson serving as a stretcher-bearer, went forward alone through heavy fire to rescue the wounded. Three times he brought in wounded comrades and was rendering first aid to a fourth when he was...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Sfax War Cemetery, Sfax, Sfax, Tunisia
Bourguiba, Habib b. August 3, 1903 d. April 6, 2000 Tunisian President. A native of Monastir, Tunisia, Bourguiba was a noted Tunisian statesman who served as a the first President of the Republic of Tunisia from July 26, 1957 to November 7, 1987. He also served as the Prime Minister of Tunisia. Often compared to the likes of Mustapha Kemal Ataturk he promoted secularism, women's rights, polygamy, and legalized divorce. He was also responsible for abolishing the Tunisian monarchy. He was officially made President for life in 1975, but was deposed...[Read More] (Bio by: K) Habib Bourguiba Mausoleum, Monastir, Monastir, Tunisia
Draper, Foy b. November 26, 1911 d. January 4, 1943 Olympic Athlete. A native of California, he attended the University of Southern California. A track and field athlete he won the IC4A championship in 200 m in 1935, and then attended the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany, where he won the gold medal for the 4x100 m relay with a new world record of 39.8. During World War II, he served as a pilot on a twin engine A-20B Havoc in Thelepte, Tunisia. On January 4, 1943, he and two crew members took off to fly to Fonduck, Tunisia, to take part...[Read More] North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia Plot: Plot F Row 10 Grave 7
Keyes, Sidney b. May 27, 1922 d. April 29, 1943 Poet, British Army Officer. Born in Dartford, Kent, the only child of a Captain in the Indian Army, his mother was a vicar's daughter from Manchester; she died of peritonitis a few weeks after Sidney was born. Consequently, he was raised by his grandparents, and did not go to school until he was nine. He was then educated at Dartford Grammar School and at Tonbridge School and, in October 1940, went to Queen's College, Oxford, where he read History. By the end of 1941, he had written enough...[Read More] (Bio by: Iain MacFarlaine) Massicault War Cemetery, Borj el Amri, Manouba, Tunisia Plot: Row 2K, Grave No. 15
Lyell, Capt. Charles Antony b. June 14, 1913 d. April 27, 1943 World War II Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in London, England, he was the 2nd Baron to his grand father Lord Lyell and served as a Captain in the 1st Battalion, Scott's Guard, British Army. On April 27, 1943, during an attack near Dj Bou Arada, Tunisia, Captain Lyell's company was held back by heavy German artillery and machine gun fire. With a small detail, he led an attack on an enemy post consisting of a 88mm gun and a heavy machine-gun in two separate pits. He destroyed the crew of the...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Massicault War Cemetery, Borj el Amri (Massicault), Manouba, Tunisia Plot: Plot V.H.5.
Malcolm, Hugh Gordon b. May 2, 1917 d. December 4, 1942 World War II Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Broughty Ferry, near Dundee, Scotland, during the Second World War he served in the 18th Squadron of the Royal Air Force, and was put in command of a squadron of light bombers in North Africa. On November 17, 1942, he took advantage of cloud cover to attack a German air base at Bizerte, the most Northerly town in Africa. Twenty miles from the target, the sky cleared, but he continued, without a fighter escort. Two of the British aircraft collided...[Read More] (Bio by: Iain MacFarlaine) Beja War Cemetery, Beja, Beja, Tunisia Plot: Row 2E, Grave 6
Minue, Nicholas b. March 13, 1905 d. April 29, 1943 World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Born in Sedden in Poland, he emigrated to Carteret, New Jersey. He served in the United States Army during World War II as a Private in Company A, 6th Armored Infantry, 1st Armored Division. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery ear MedjezelBab, Tunisia, on April 28. 1943. His citation reads "For distinguishing himself conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the loss of his life above and beyond the call of duty in action with the...[Read More] (Bio by: Iain MacFarlaine) North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia Plot: Section E, Line 8. Grave 4
Muhammad VIII Al-Amin b. September 4, 1881 d. September 30, 1962 Tunisian Monarch. Known as "Lamine Bey", he served as the Bey of Tunisia from May 15, 1943, to March 20, 1956, and as the King of Tunisia from March 20, 1956, until he was deposed on July 25, 1957, by the Tunisian Constituent Assembly. He became Bey after the Free French Forces deposed his cousin Muhammad on the accusation that he was a collaborator with the pro-Nazi wartime French Vichy government. After he was deposed the former King later moved into semi-exile at a government watched...[Read More] (Bio by: K) Tomb of Muhammad VII al-Amin, Tunis, Tunis, Tunisia
Ngarimu, Moananui-a-Kiwa b. April 7, 1918 d. March 27, 1943 World War II Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Ruatoria, New Zealand, he served as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 28th Māori Battalion, New Zealand Military Forces. On the night of March 26, 1943, Second Lieutenant Ngarimu commanded a platoon during the attack at Tebaga Gap, Tunisia. He was the first to reach the crest of the hill and destroyed two enemy machine-gun posts. The enemy counter-attacked and in the course of hand-to-hand fighting, Lieutenant Ngarimu was twice wounded, but refused to...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Sfax War Cemetery, Sfax, Sfax, Tunisia Plot: X. E. 14.
Ram, Chhelu b. May 10, 1905 d. April 20, 1943 World War II Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in the village of Djebel, Punjab, India, he served as Company Havildar Major in the 6th Rajputana Rifles, Indian Army. During an attack on Djebel Garli, Tunisia, on the night of April 20, 1943, Company Havildar Major Ram's battalion were held up by intense mortar and machine gun fire. On his own, he rushed forward with a Tommy gun and killed the occupants of an enemy strong point. Although in an exposed position, he then went to the aid of his...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Sfax War Cemetery, Sfax, Sfax, Tunisia Plot: H. C. 5.
Sandys-Clarke, Willward Alexander b. June 8, 1919 d. April 23, 1943 World War II Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Southport, Lancashire, during the Second World War he served as a Lieutenant with the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. On St. George's Day, April 23, 1943, at Guirat-el-Atach in Tunisia, Lieutenant Sandys-Clarke's company were attacked and almost wiped out. He was the only surviving officer and, although he was wounded in the head, he gathered together a composite platoon and advanced to attack the enemy, but met with heavy fire from a machine-gun...[Read More] (Bio by: Iain MacFarlaine) Massicault War Cemetery, Borj el Amri, Manouba, Tunisia Plot: Row VB, Grave No. 1
Seagrim, Derek Anthony b. September 24, 1903 d. April 6, 1943 World War II Victoria Cross Medal Recipient. He served as a Lieutenant Colonel in the 7th Battalion, Green Howards. On the night of March 20-21, 1943, Lieutenant Colonel Seagrim was ordered to capture an important objective at the Mareth Line, Tunisia. When it appeared that the attack on the position would fail due to intense enemy fire, he placed himself at the head of his battalion and led them forward. He personally helped to place a scaling ladder over an anti-tank ditch and was the first...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Sfax War Cemetery, Sfax, Sfax, Tunisia
Slim, Mongi b. September 15, 1908 d. October 23, 1969 Tunisian Diplomat. He served in many different positions, including Tunisian Foreign Minister (1956-1964), U.S. Ambassador to the United States (1956-1961), Secretary of State for Justice (1966-1969) and United Nations General Assembly President (1961-1962). Jellaz Cemetery, Tunis, Tunis, Tunisia