Johnson, Lieut. Frederick Henry b. August 15, 1890 d. November 26, 1917 World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in London, England, he served as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 23rd Engineer Regiment, Royal Engineers, British Army. On September 25, 1915, during the attack on Hill 70 in the Battle of Loos, France, 2nd Lieutenant Johnson was leading a section of his company of the Royal Engineers. Although wounded in the leg, he stuck to his duty throughout the attack, led several charges on the German redoubt and under very heavy fire, repeatedly rallied the men. He was...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Cambrai Memorial, Louverval, Departement du Nord, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France Plot: Cambrai Memorial, Panel 1 and 2 (No Known Grave)
Kirk, James b. January 27, 1897 d. November 4, 1918 World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Born to James and Rachel Kirk in Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire, he grew up an enthusiastic, successful athlete. At the outbreak of the First World War, he enlisted in the Manchester Regiment as a Private in the 10th Battalion and was posted to the Dardanelles in 1915. After the withdrawal from Turkey, he was transferred to France and in June 1918 he was promoted to Second Lieutenant. He was killed in action in November 1918, his gallentry earning him a...[Read More] (Bio by: Iola) Ors Communal Cemetery, Ors, Departement du Nord, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France Plot: A.22.
Lupi, Johannes b. 1506 d. December 20, 1539 Composer. An accomplished member of the Franco-Flemish School. Lupi's birthplace is unknown, but he trained as a choirboy at Cambrai Cathedral, Flanders (now in France). He became choirmaster there in 1527, following four years at the University of Louvain. Records show he was fired several times for sloppy bookeeping and failing to take charge of his young singers, but was always brought back; he finally resigned due to poor health in 1535. Whatever his shortcomings as an administrator...[Read More] (Bio by: Robert Edwards) Cambrai Cathedral (Defunct), Cambrai, Departement du Nord, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France
Marshall, James Neville b. June 12, 1887 d. November 4, 1918 World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Manchester, England, he served as Lieutenant Colonel in command of the Irish Guards attached 16th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers, British Army. On November 4, 1918, in the attack on the Sambre-Oise Canal, Catillon, France, when a partly constructed bridge came under concentrated enemy fire, Lieutenant Colonel Marshall went forward and organized parties to repair the bridge. When his party of men was almost over taken with many being killed and...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Ors Communal Cemetery, Ors, Departement du Nord, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France Plot: (Northeast corner of the cemetery,
Mottershead, Sgt. Thomas b. January 17, 1892 d. January 12, 1917 World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Widnes, Lancashire, he served as a Sergeant pilot in the Royal Flying Corps, British Army. On January 7, 1917 near Polegsteert Wood, Belgium, Sergeant Mottershead was on patrol in a FE-2d plane with an observer, when he was engaged in combat by two German Albatros D.III planes. The observer managed to hit one plane and put it out of the action. The second Albatros plane hit Sergeant Mottershead's aircraft, with the petrol tank being pierced and the...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, Bailleul, Departement du Nord, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France Plot: III.A.126.
Owen, Wilfred b. March 18, 1893 d. November 4, 1918 Poet, British Army Officer. English poetry figure noted for his anger at the cruelty and waste of war, and for his pity for its victims. He is also significant for his use of assonance in poetry, which was particularly influential in poetry during the 1930s. He was killed in action one week before the end of World War I. Born in Shropshire, England, in 1893, his family moved to Shrewsbury, England in 1906. In late 1910 he became a lay assistant at Dunsden, but in February 1911, he fell ill and...[Read More] Ors Communal Cemetery, Ors, Departement du Nord, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France