Clarke, Leo b. December 1, 1892 d. October 19, 1916 World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Waterdown, Ontario, Canada, he served as a Corporal in the 2nd Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Forces, British Army. On September 9, 1916, near Pozieres, France, Corporal Clarke was assigned to clear the enemy on the left flank to allow his company to build a fortified secure position. When his section reached the trench, it was so heavily defended that they had to battle their way through and Clarke was the only man left standing, with the rest...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Etretat Churchyard, Etretat, Departement de la Seine-Maritime, Haute-Normandie, France Plot: II.C.3A.
d'Amboise, Cardinal. George b. 1460 d. February 25, 1510 Religious Leader. He was a Catholic Cardinal, Archbishop of Rouen, an advisor of King Louis XII, and Lieutenant (the kings vice) in the Normandy. He was mainly responsible for the successful annulment of the marriage between Louis XII and his first wife Jeanne de Valois. His brother Louis d'Amboise, bishop of Albi and Philippe de Luxembourg, bishop of Le Mans were the judges in the divorce trial. For his part in the negotiations with the pope he was named Cardinal in 1489. After the death of...[Read More] (Bio by: Lutetia) Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, Rouen, Departement de la Seine-Maritime, Haute-Normandie, France
de Bourgogne, Marguerite b. 1290 d. August 14, 1315 Royalty, french crown princess. Born the third daughter of Robert II and Agnes de France, and sister of Jeanne de Bourgogne. She married Louis of France, oldest son of Philipp IV and Queen Jeanne I of Navarra in September 1305 in Vernon. In 1312 she gave birth to a daughter, Jeanne, who will later succeed her father in Navarra. After the birth she began an affair with Gauthier d'Aulnay that lasted for three years. The affair was discovered in 1314 and Philipp IV ordered the two d'Aulnay...[Read More] (Bio by: Lutetia) Eglise des Cordeliers, Vernon, Departement de l'Eure, Haute-Normandie, France
Duchamp, Marcel b. July 28, 1887 d. October 2, 1968 Known as the artist who broke the rules of modernism by exhibiting a urinal as a work of art, he became the father of the Dada movement and of post-modernism. He was featured in ARTNews, May 1999 issue as one of the top 25 artists in the western world and the man who "showed the way to life after the avant-garde, the one who offered us a graceful exit from modernism." His most widely known work is the painting "Nude Descending a Staircase." Rouen Cemetery, Rouen, Departement de la Seine-Maritime, Haute-Normandie, France
Hardy, Rev. Theodore Bailey b. October 20, 1863 d. October 18, 1918 World War I Victoria Cross Recipient, one of three chaplains to be awarded the VC. He was a Chaplain 4th Class, in the Army Chaplains' Department, attached to the 8th Bn. The Lincolnshire Regiment. He was 54 and in addition to the Victoria Cross, he held the DSO (Distinguished Service Order) and the MC (Military Cross). He was appointed Chaplain to His Majesty, 17th Sept., 1918. He was the son of George and Sarah Richards Hardy, of Exeter and the husband of the late Florence Elizabeth Hardy (...[Read More] (Bio by: geoffrey gillon) Saint Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, Departement de la Seine-Maritime, Haute-Normandie, France Plot: S.V.J.1.
Lenotre, Gaston b. May 28, 1920 d. January 9, 2009 Pastry Chef. Considered the patriarch of the French pâtisserie industry. Born Gaston Albert Célestin Lenôtre in Saint Nicolas du Bosc, he was the son of a saucier chef at the famed Grand Hôtel de Paris and his wife, one of the first female chefs in Paris who was employed by the family of Baron Rothschild. He is recognized as the legendary innovator who revolutionized French pastry making in the early 1960s by removing heavy fats and sugar then used and replacing them with fruits and lighter...[Read More] (Bio by: Fred Beisser) Cimetière de la Couture, Bernay, Departement de l'Eure, Haute-Normandie, France
Monet, Claude b. November 14, 1840 d. December 5, 1926 Innovative and prolific French painter, best known as the leader, and unswerving advocate of the Impressionist school of painting. It is fitting that one of his pictures, “Impression: Sunrise” (Musée Marmottan, Paris; 1872), gave the group its name. Claude Monet was born in Paris on November 14, 1840. His youth was spent in Le Havre, where he first excelled as a caricaturist but was then converted to landscape painting by his early mentor Boudin, from whom he derived his firm predilection for...[Read More] (Bio by: Edward Parsons) Cause of death: Lung cancer Giverny Church Cemetery, Giverny, Departement de l'Eure, Haute-Normandie, France
Plantagenet, Arthur b. March 29, 1187 d. April 3, 1203 English Royalty. Born the son of Geoffrey II Plantagenet, Earl of Richmond and Constance de Bretagne, Duchesse de Bretagne at Nantes, France. He gained the title of Duc de Bretagne in March 1187 and the title of Earl of Richmond in April 1199. Upon his the death of his uncle, Richard I 'Coeur de Lion' in 1199, Arthur, by the law of primogeniture, should have succeeded to the English crown, the French King, Phillip II, upheld his claim. The throne, however, was held by another uncle, John, who...[Read More] (Bio by: Iola) Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, Rouen, Departement de la Seine-Maritime, Haute-Normandie, France
Richard I [Heart] b. September 8, 1157 d. April 6, 1199 English Monarch, Duc d'Aquitaine. Born at Beaumont Palace, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, the third son of Henry II 'Curtmantle', King of England and Eleanor, Duchesse d'Aquitaine. He spent his youth in France at his mother's court at Poitiers training as a soldier and gained the title of Duc d'Aquitaine in 1172. He fought with his brothers Henry and Geoffrey in their rebellion against their father in 1173; he fought for his father against his brothers when they supported an 1183 revolt in...[Read More] (Bio by: Iola) Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, Rouen, Departement de la Seine-Maritime, Haute-Normandie, France
Roussel, Albert b. April 5, 1869 d. August 23, 1937 Composer. An important figure of 20th Century French music. A contemporary of Debussy and Ravel, he forged his own path as an artist with little regard for Impressionism and other trends. Roussel's mature style is noted for its rigorous use of form, lyrical restraint, and complex harmonies. His most popular works are the ballets "The Spider's Feast" (1913) and "Bacchus and Ariane" (1930). Critics consider the Symphony No. 3 in G minor (1930) the best of his four symphonies. Albert-Charles-...[Read More] (Bio by: Robert Edwards) Cimètiere de Varengeville, Varengeville-sur-Mer, Departement de la Seine-Maritime, Haute-Normandie, France