Barratt, Thomas b. May 5, 1895 d. July 27, 1917 World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Coseley, England, he served as a Private in the 7th Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment, British Army. On July 27, 1917 north of Ypres, Belgium, Private Barratt was part of a scout to a patrol which was heading towards the enemy lines. In spite of continuous fire, he stalked and killed enemy snipers. Later his patrol was similarly held up and again he disposed of the snipers. During the withdrawal of the patrol it was observed that a party of...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Essex Farm Cemetery, Ypres (Ieper), Arrondissement Ieper, West Flanders (West-Vlaanderen), Belgium
Bent, Philip Eric b. January 3, 1891 d. October 1, 1917 World War I Victoria Cross Medal Recipient. Born in Nova Scotia, Canada, he served as a Lieutenant Colonel in the 9th Battalion, Royal Leicestershire Regiment, British Army. During actions on October 1, 1917, east of Polygon Wood, Zonnebeke, Belgium, Lieutenant Colonel Bent was in command of a part of the 9th Battalion on his right. When forced back due to German intense artillery fire, he personally collected a platoon that was in reserve and led them forward to a counter-attack, after issuing...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Tyne Cot Cemetery, Zonnebeke, Arrondissement Ieper, West Flanders (West-Vlaanderen), Belgium Plot: Memorial (no known grave)
Bourgogne, Charles de b. November 10, 1433 d. January 5, 1477 French Aristocracy. Charles the Bold. Born Charles de Bourgogne at Dijon, the son of Philippe III ‘the Good' de Bourgogne, Duc de Bourgogne and Isabel de Aviz. He was styled Count of Charolais while still an infant. During his youth, the Dauphin, later Louis XI, was a refugee at his father's court Burgundy, this early exposure to a less ambitious ruler seemed to form a character that was reluctant to consider himself a subject of the king of France. He often followed an independent diplomatic...[Read More] (Bio by: Iola) Cause of death: Killed in battle Church of Our Lady, Bruges, Arrondissement Brugge, West Flanders (West-Vlaanderen), Belgium
Busnois, Antoine b. 1430 d. November 6, 1492 Composer. Last name also spelled Busnoys. His reputation rests on his dazzling part-songs for two or three voices. Busnois was the likely author of "L'homme arme" (c. 1450), one of the most famous songs of the entire Renaissance; its melody was used in over 40 Mass settings and countless vocal and instrumental arrangements. Another of his "hits", "Fortuna desperata", exerted a similar influence. Historians believe Busnois was born near Bethune, France. He may have come from an...[Read More] (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) Saint Salvator's Cathedral, Bruges, Arrondissement Brugge, West Flanders (West-Vlaanderen), Belgium
Clamp, Corp. William b. October 28, 1891 d. October 9, 1917 World War I Victoria Cross Medal Recipient. Born in Motherwell, Scotland, he served as a Corporal in the 6th Battalion, Yorkshire Regiment, British Army. In actions at Poelcapelle Belgium, on October 9, 1917, Corporal Clamp rushed a German machine-gun and captured 20 prisoners. He then continued forward leading others to another enemy position when he was killed by a sniper. For gallantry in the face of the enemy, he was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross presented to his parents by H.M...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Tyne Cot Cemetery, Zonnebeke, Arrondissement Ieper, West Flanders (West-Vlaanderen), Belgium
de Bethune, Robert b. 1247 d. September 17, 1322 Count of Nevers, 1273 to 1322 and Count of Flanders, 1305 to 1322. He was also known as Robert III of Flanders and nicknamed "The Lion of Flanders" for the defense of his country against France. He was born in 1249 (some accounts say the year of his birth was 1247), the oldest son of Guy of Dampierre and the reign of Flanders was transferred to him in November 1299, during the war with King Phillip IV of France. From 1265 to 1268 he gained fame and popularity when he aligned himself with King...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) Saint Martin's Cathedral, Ypres (Ieper), Arrondissement Ieper, West Flanders (West-Vlaanderen), Belgium Plot: In the nave
Decoteau, Alex b. November 19, 1887 d. October 30, 1917 Olympic Athlete. A native of North Battleford, Saskatchewan, he was known as 'The Champion Runner of Alberta.' Born of Aboriginal descent he was considered one of Canada's best distance runners of his time, becoming an Olympic athlete, first police officer in the Province of Alberta, and a War Hero all before his 30th birthday. At a very young age he turned to sports, and excelled mainly in running while attending school. He later moved to Alberta to live with his sister and her husband, a...[Read More] (Bio by: K) Passchendaele New British Cemetery, Zonnebeke, Arrondissement Ieper, West Flanders (West-Vlaanderen), Belgium Plot: XI. A. 28.