Bronte, Branwell b. June 26, 1817 d. September 24, 1848 British Painter, Writer, and Poet. He was the brother of the three Bronte sisters, Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Bronte, who all became renowned authors. Born Patrick Branwell Bronte in Thornton, West Riding of Yorkshire, England, he was the fourth of six children of Patrick and Marie Bronte. His father was the Thornton chapel curate and an amateur poet. When he was five years old, his father was appointed to the perpetual curacy in the nearby town of Haworth and the family moved into the 5-room...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) Cause of death: Alcohol and opium addiction St Michael and All Angels Churchyard, Haworth, Metropolitan Borough of Bradford, West Yorkshire, England
Bronte, Emily b. July 30, 1818 d. December 19, 1848 British Novelist and Poet. She was one of three Bronte sisters who became renowned authors and was probably the greatest of them. Even though she would write only one novel in her short life, she would become a major literary figure in her own right. She was born Emily Jane Bronte, the fifth of six children in Thornton, West Riding of Yorkshire, England, the daughter of Patrick and Marie Bronte. Her father, an Anglican priest, was the Thornton chapel curate as well as an amateur poet. In 1820...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) St Michael and All Angels Churchyard, Haworth, Metropolitan Borough of Bradford, West Yorkshire, England
Butler, William Boynton b. November 20, 1894 d. March 25, 1972 World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in he served as a Private in the 17th Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment, British Army. At Lempire, France, August 6, 1917, while in the trenches which were being heavily shelled, Private Butler picked up a un-exploded shell and jumped to the entrance of the emplacement. At that moment a party of infantry were passing, he shouted to them to hurry past and turning round, placed himself between the party of men and the live shell till they were out of...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Woodhouse Hill Cemetery, Leeds, Metropolitan Borough of Leeds, West Yorkshire, England Plot: New Section 3, Plot 48.
Coverdale, Sgt. Charles Harry b. April 21, 1888 d. November 20, 1955 World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. He received the award as a result of his actions near Poelcapelle, Belgium on October 4, 1917. Born in Manchester, Lancashire, England, he enlisted in the 11th Battalion, The Manchester Regiment, of the British Army after the outbreak of World War I in July 1914. His Victoria Cross citation reads: "On 4 October 1917 south-west of Poelcapelle, Belgium, when close to the objective, Sergeant Coverdale disposed of three snipers. He then rushed two machine-guns...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) Edgerton Cemetery, Edgerton, Metropolitan Borough of Kirklees, West Yorkshire, England
Daniels, Harry M. b. December 13, 1884 d. December 13, 1953 World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Wymondham, Norfolk, he served as a company Sergeant Major in the 2nd Battalion of the Rifle Brigade Prince Consort's Own, British Army. At the Battle of Neuve Chapelle, France, on March 12, 1915, Sergeant Major Daniels' unit was ordered to an advance on the German trenches which was covered by machine guns and strewn with barbed wire. Sergeant Major Daniels with another comrade volunteered to go forward and cut the barbed wires. Subjected to a very...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Lawnswood Cemetery, Adel, Metropolitan Borough of Leeds, West Yorkshire, England
Edwards, Wilfred b. February 15, 1893 d. January 2, 1972 World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Norwich, England, he served as a Private in the 7th Battalion, Light Infantry, British Army. In actions August 16, 1917 at Langemarck, Belgium, when all the company officers were lost, Private Edwards, without hesitation and under heavy machine-gun and rifle fire, dashed forward, bombed through the loopholes a surmounted German fort and waved to his company to advance. Three officers and 30 other ranks were taken prisoner by him in the fort. Later...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Leeds, Old Field Lane Cemetery, Leeds, Metropolitan Borough of Leeds, West Yorkshire, England
Holmes, Pvt. Joel b. 1821 d. July 27, 1872 Indian Mutiny Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Halifax, England, he served as a Private in the 2nd Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment, British Army. On September 25, 1857 at Lucknow, India, Private Holmes volunteered to assist in working a battery gun. Under heavy enemy fire from which gun and nearly all the artillerymen had been shot away, Private Holmes stayed at his post until re-enforced. For most prestigious gallantry, he was awarded the Victoria Cross on June 18, 1858. He died at age...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) All Souls Churchyard, Halifax, Metropolitan Borough of Calderdale, West Yorkshire, England
Hood, Robin Folk Figure. Traditionally, the leader of a band of legendary English outlaws. Modern scholarship generally agrees that the origin of the Robin Hood legend lies somewhere in the eleventh or twelfth century probably in Yorkshire. Several contemporary works seem to refer to such tales without recording them. The first literary reference to Robin Hood was apparently 1377. One of the oldest surviving ballads is ‘A Gest of Robyn Hode', which was not published until the late 1400s. In all of the...[Read More] (Bio by: Iola) Cause of death: Murder (exsanguinating hemorrhage) Kirklees Priory, Kirklees, Metropolitan Borough of Kirklees, West Yorkshire, England
John, Little Folk Figure. Traditionally, second in command of Robin Hood's legendary Merry Men. Little John appears in the very earliest of the surviving Robin Hood tales, including ‘A Gest of Robyn Hode' published after 1490. The ballad ‘Robin Hood and Little John' claimed the outlaw's name was John Little, scholars have found many historical figures with the name, including the outlaw, John le Litel, a raider circa 1318, and Littel John, c. 1323, who appeared to have been a poacher. It is difficult to...[Read More] (Bio by: Iola) Kirklees Priory*, Kirklees, Metropolitan Borough of Kirklees, West Yorkshire, England *This location is unconfirmed or in dispute.
Lascelles, George Henry Hubert b. February 7, 1923 d. July 11, 2011 Opera Impresario, Author. 7th Earl of Harewood. Though a member of the British Royal Family, he chose to make his own way in the world of music. The child of wealth and noble position he was born sixth in line to the British throne; as a young man he took part in the ceremonial activities demanded by his station including the funeral of his grandfather George V, whom he grew to resemble, and the coronation of his uncle George VI. Educated at Ludgrove, Eton, and King's College, Cambridge, he was...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Harewood, All Saint's Church, Harewood, Metropolitan Borough of Leeds, West Yorkshire, England
Magennis, James Joseph b. October 27, 1919 d. February 10, 1986 World War II Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Belfast, Ireland, he served as a Leading Seaman in the Royal Navy. On July 31, 1945, Leading Seaman Magennis was serving as a diver on the midget submarine HMS XE3 towed to the area by the submarine HMS Stygianin in operations at the Striates of Singapore. After arriving at the destination, Leading Seaman Magennis, slipped out of the HMS XE3 and he attached mines to the Japanese cruiser Takao. During this time his breathing apparatus was leaking...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Nab Wood Cemetery and Crematorium, Shipley, Metropolitan Borough of Bradford, West Yorkshire, England Plot: (Cremation location).