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
Albert I b. April 8, 1875 d. February 17, 1934 Belgian Monarch. Born Albert Léopold Clément Marie Meinrad in Brussels, Belgium, the son of Philippe Eugène de Belgique, Comte de Flandre and Marie Luise Alexandrine Karoline Prinzessin von Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen. The 1869 death of his cousin and the 1891 death of his elder brother made him the heir to the Belgian throne. He married Elisabeth Gabriele Herzogin in Bayern in October 1900 in Munich, Bavaria. The couple had three children. At the onset of the First World War, Belgium declared its...[Read More] (Bio by: Iola) Cause of death: Climbing accident Notre Dame Church, Laken, Brussels-Capital Region, Belgium Plot: The Royal Crypt
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.
Astrid (Astrid Sophie Louise Thyra of Sweden) b. November 17, 1905 d. August 29, 1935 Queen of Belgium. She was born in Stockholm, originally Princess of Sweden of the Bernadotte Dynasty, and by marriage was Queen Consort of Léopold III. Thus she was the mother of Belgium's Kings Baudouin I and Albert II as well as Luxembourg's Grand Duchess Joséphine-Charlotte. Her full name was Astrid Sophie Louise Thyra. She was born a few days after her paternal grandfather of Sweden (Oscar II) lost the Norwegian throne and the very day before her maternal uncle of Denmark (Haakon VII)...[Read More] (Bio by: Find A Grave) Cause of death: Car accident (Packard 120) Notre Dame Church, Laken, Brussels-Capital Region, Belgium Plot: The Royal Crypt
Barbireau, Jacobus b. 1455 d. August 7, 1491 Composer. A member of the Franco-Flemish School. He had a major reputation during the 1500s, mostly stemming from his song "Een vroylic wesen" ("A Plesant Being", c. 1485), a widely popular tune of the Renaissance period. It was used in Mass settings by Heinrich Issac and Jacob Obrecht, and various arrangements have been found throughout Europe. His other surviving compositions - two Masses, a Mass movement, the motet "Osculetur me", and the songs "Fair Love" and "Charming and Beautiful" -...[Read More] (Bio by: Robert Edwards) Antwerpen Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekathedraal, Antwerp, Antwerp (Antwerpen), Belgium
Baudouin I b. September 7, 1930 d. July 31, 1993 Belgian Monarch. Known as the youngest sovereign of his time, he ascended the throne in 1951 after the abdication of his father, King Leopold III. In 1959 he gave independence to the Congo because of continuous revolts against the power of Belgium. During his reign, Belgium became a federal state, and he played an effective role in coordinating between the various parliamentary factions. Considered a deeply religious man, he has also dedicated his time to philanthropic and charitable works. The...[Read More] (Bio by: Lucy Caldarelli) Cause of death: Heart failure Notre Dame Church, Laken, Brussels-Capital Region, Belgium Plot: The Royal Crypt
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
Binchois, Gilles b. 1400 d. September 20, 1460 Composer. Also known as Gilles de Bins. An outstanding member of the Burgundian School. He, Guillaume Dufay, and England's John Dunstable are considered the first important composers of the Renaissance. Binchois was born in Mons, Hainualt (now in Belgium). His first musical appointment, at 19, was as organist in his hometown's Church of St. Waudru; he may have seen military service in the Low Countries and entered the priesthood before 1425, when he was employed in Paris by William Pole...[Read More] (Bio by: Robert Edwards) Church of Saint Vincent, Soignies, Hainaut, Belgium