Cadman, Robert b. 1711 d. February 2, 1739 English Folk Figure. A professional ropewalker and showman whose descent from the cupola of St Paul's Cathedral, sliding face-first down a rope while blowing a trumpet earned him fame and the title ‘Icarus of the rope.' In February 1739, he orchestrated a stunt in which he walked up the 800 feet of rope that connected the 222 foot high spire on St Mary's Church, Shrewsbury from where it was anchored in Gaye Meadow below; firing off pistols and performing tricks on the rope during his ascent. At...[Read More] (Bio by: Iola) St Mary Churchyard, Shrewsbury, Shropshire Unitary Authority, Shropshire, England
Housman, Alfred Edward b. March 26, 1859 d. April 30, 1936 Classical Poet. He is best known for his cycle of poems "A Shropshire Lad." Born at Fockbury, near Broomsgrove in Worcestershire, England, he was the oldest of seven children. He received his education at King Edward's School in Birmingham, England, then at Bromsgrove School where achieved academically and won prizes for his poetry. In 1877 he received a scholarship to Saint John's College, Oxford, England where he studied classics. He became enamored with one of his roommates, Moses Jackson...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) St Laurence Churchyard, Ludlow, Shropshire Unitary Authority, Shropshire, England Plot: His ashes are buried against the north wall of the church.
Leonard, Patricia b. March 9, 1936 d. January 28, 2010 Opera Singer. A contralto, she was a fixture of England's D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, performing in the operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan. Raised in Stone, Staffordshire, she studied voice and piano from an early age and later worked as a secretary to support herself in the pursuit of a music career. After meeting her future husband, bass vocalist Michael Fox (stage name, Michael Buchan), she trained with his teacher in Sheffield. At age 20 she won the "Rose Bowl" at the Blackpool Music...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Emstrey Crematorium, Shrewsbury, Shropshire Unitary Authority, Shropshire, England
Whitfield, Harold b. June 10, 1886 d. December 19, 1956 World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Oswestry, Shropshire, England, he served as a Private in the 10th Battalion, the King's Shropshire Light Infantry, British Army. On March 18, 1918, at Burj El Lisaneh, Egypt, during the first of three counter attacks made by the enemy on the position which had just been captured, Private Whitfield, single handed charged and captured a Lewis gun. He killed the whole gun team and turned the gun on the enemy, driving them back with heavy casualties...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Oswestry Cemetery, Oswestry, Shropshire Unitary Authority, Shropshire, England