Ackroyd, Harold b. July 13, 1877 d. August 11, 1917 World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Southport, England, he was a doctor serving as a Captain in the Royal Army Medical Corps, British Army. At Ypres, Belgium, during an enemy attack July 31 to 1 August, 1917, Captain Ackroyd, despite being under fire for hours at a time tended to the wounded men in the front line. He carried one wounded officer to safety on his back and returned to bring in another under sniper fire. During the enemy's repulse on August 11, 1917, he off from his...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Birr Cross Roads Cemetery, Ypres (Ieper), West Flanders (West-Vlaanderen), Belgium
Ashfield, Lieut. Lionel Arthur b. August 1, 1898 d. July 16, 1918 World War I Flying Ace. Lionel Arthur Ashfield was the second son of Charles Edmund Ashfield and his wife Ida Lucy Hunt. His father was the headmaster of Hazelhurst School in Frant, East Sussex. During World War I, Lionel served initially in the Royal Naval Air Service. After the April 1918 merger of that branch with the Royal Flying Corps, he served as a lieutenant in the No. 202 Squadron of the newly-formed Royal Air Force. The British flying ace was thought to have been credited with...[Read More] (Bio by: Anne Philbrick) Ramscappelle Road Military Cemetery, Nieuwpoort, West Flanders (West-Vlaanderen), Belgium Plot: VI. D. 5.
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), 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, West Flanders (West-Vlaanderen), Belgium Plot: Memorial (no known grave)
Best-Dunkley, Bertram b. August 3, 1890 d. August 5, 1917 World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in York, England, he served as a Lieutenant Colonel in the 5th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers, British Army. In actions at Wieltje, Belgium, on July 31, 1917, Lieutenant Colonel Best-Dunkley when in command of his battalion, saw the leading waves during an attack, became disorganized by rifle and machine gun fire at close range from positions which were believed to be in their hands. He dashed forward, rallied his leading waves and personally led them...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Mendinghem Military Cemetery, Poperinge, West Flanders (West-Vlaanderen), Belgium
Birks, Frederick b. August 16, 1894 d. September 21, 1917 World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Buckley, Flintshire, North Wales, he migrated to Australia in 1913 and with the advent of World War I, was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the 6th Battalion, Australian Imperial Forces. On September 20, 1917, during the Battle of Menin Road, Belgium, 2nd Lieutenant Birks and a Corporal attacked a German pillbox which was holding up the advance. The Corporal was wounded but 2nd Lieutenant Birks went on, killing those in the pillbox and capturing a...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Perth Cemetery (China Wall), Ypres (Ieper), West Flanders (West-Vlaanderen), Belgium
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, West Flanders (West-Vlaanderen), Belgium
Bradford, George Nicholson b. April 23, 1887 d. April 23, 1918 WWI recipient of the Victoria Cross, the United Kingdom's highest award for valor. He was a Lieutenant-Commander in the Royal Navy, H.M.S. Iris II. He was one of four brothers who served, three of whom fell, another also won the VC-the only set of brothers to be awarded this honour in the Great War. Citation: An extract from "The London Gazette," No. 31236, dated 14th March, 1919, records the following:-"For most conspicuous gallantry at Zeebrugge on the night of the 22nd-23rd April...[Read More] Blankenberge Communal Cemetery, Blankenberge, West Flanders (West-Vlaanderen), Belgium Plot: A.5.
Brooke, James Anson Otho b. February 3, 1884 d. October 29, 1914 World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. The son of Sir Harry Vasey Brooke KBE, he served as a Lieutenant in the 2nd Battalion, Gordon Highlanders, British Army. In actions near Gheluvelt, Belgium, on October 29, 1914, the 2nd Battalion, was trying to prevent a German breakthrough. They were not in a position to counter-attack, when Lieutenant Brooke lead two attacks on the enemy under concentrated rifle and machine-gun fire, to regain a lost trench. Having regained the trench he went back to gain...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Zantvoorde British Cemetery, Zonnebeke, West Flanders (West-Vlaanderen), Belgium
Bugden, Patrick Joseph b. March 17, 1897 d. September 28, 1917 World War I Victoria Cross Medal Recipient. Born in Tatham New South Wales, Australia, he served as a Private in the 31st Battalion, Australian Imperial Force. During actions at the Polygon Wood near Ypres, Belgium, on the dates of September 26-28, 1917, on two occasions, when the battalion was held up by intense fire from machine-guns, Private Bugden led small parties to silence the enemy posts. Five times he rescued wounded men trapped by intense shelling and machine-gun fire. Once, seeing...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Hooge Crater Cemetery, Ypres (Ieper), West Flanders (West-Vlaanderen), Belgium Plot: VIII.C.5.
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: Robert Edwards) Saint Salvator's Cathedral, Bruges, West Flanders (West-Vlaanderen), Belgium
Chavasse, Capt. Noel Godfrey b. November 8, 1884 d. August 4, 1917 World War I Double Victoria Cross Recipient. He was a British medical doctor, Olympic athlete and only one of three to be awarded two Victoria Crosses. Educated at Liverpool College and Trinity College, he graduated first in his class in 1907, then studied medicine. In 1908, with his twin brother Christopher, he represented Britain in the Olympic Games, in the 400 meters event. In 1909, he joined the Oxford University Officer Training Corps Medical Unit, passed the examination that allowed him...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Brandhoek New Military Cemetery, Ypres (Ieper), West Flanders (West-Vlaanderen), Belgium Plot: III. B. 15.
de Bethune, Robert b. 1247 d. 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), 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, West Flanders (West-Vlaanderen), Belgium Plot: XI. A. 28.