Mountain, Albert b. April 19, 1895 d. January 7, 1967 World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Leeds, England, he served as a Sergeant in the 17th West Yorkshire Regiment, British Army, On March 23, 1918, Sergeant Mountain was in command of a rifle squad during the Battle of the Somme, in actions at Hamelincourt, France. When the situation was critical, Sergeant Mountain with a party of 10 men attacked an advance enemy patrol of about 200 strong, killing half of them. He then rallied his men against the main body of the enemy, to cover the...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Lawnswood Cemetery, Adel, Metropolitan Borough of Leeds, West Yorkshire, England
Ormsby, John William b. January 10, 1881 d. July 20, 1952 World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Dewsbury, England, he served as a Sergeant in the 2nd Battalion, King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, British Army. On April 14, 1917, Sergeant Ormsby was assisting in cleaning out the enemy after an attack on the village of Fayet, France. When heavy German machine gun and rifle fire opened up on his company, he pushed on and drove out many snipers from localities further forward. When the only surviving officer was wounded he took command of the...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Dewsbury Cemetery, Dewsbury, Metropolitan Borough of Kirklees, West Yorkshire, England
Plath, Sylvia b. October 27, 1932 d. February 11, 1963 Author, Poetess. The daughter of Aurelia and Otto Plath, Sylvia's father died when she was eight, a trauma that affected her deeply for the rest of her life and became the subject of one of her best known poems, "Daddy." Sylvia was writing from the time she was very small and had her first poem published when she was eight years old; she had stories and poems being published almost constantly for the rest of her life. An excellent student, Sylvia went to Smith College on a scholarship funded by...[Read More] (Bio by: Jennifer M.) Cause of death: Suicide St Thomas A. Beckett Churchyard, Heptonstall, Metropolitan Borough of Calderdale, West Yorkshire, England
Raynes, John Crawshaw b. April 28, 1887 d. November 12, 1929 World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Yorkshire, England, he served as a Sergeant in A Battery, Royal Field Artillery, British Army. On October 11, 1915, at Foss de Bethune, France, Sergeant Raynes went to the assistance of another Sergeant who was lying wounded. He bandaged the injured man, returned to his gun and when the battery ceased firing, carried the wounded man to a dug-out. When gas shelling started, he put his own gas helmet on his injured comrade and badly gassed himself...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Harehills Cemetery, Leeds, Metropolitan Borough of Leeds, West Yorkshire, England
Ridgeway, Richard Kirby b. August 18, 1848 d. October 11, 1924 Second Naga Hills Expedition Victoria Cross Recipient. He served as a Captain in the Bengal Staff Corps and 44th Gurkha Rifles, British Indian Army. On November 22, 1879, during the final assault on Khonoma, Eastern Frontier, India, Captain Ridgeway's unit was under heavy fire from the enemy. Captain Ridgeway on his own rushed up to a barricade and attempted to tear down the planking surrounding it to enable him to effect an entrance. While doing this he was wounded severely in the right...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Lawnswood Cemetery, Adel, Metropolitan Borough of Leeds, West Yorkshire, England
Tuck, Friar Folk Figure. Traditionally a member of Robin Hood's legendary band of Merry Men. Tuck is not in the earliest surviving Robin Hood ballads, but first appeared as Frere Tuk in a fragment of the Robin Hood legend, ‘Robin Hood and the Sheriff,' dated about 1475 and was possibly based on the historical figure, Robert Stafford a chaplain of Lindfield, Sussex, who had turned thief. Robert Stafford, did apparently employ the alias of Friar Tuck around 1417. The Tuck character seems to have combined...[Read More] (Bio by: Iola) Kirklees Priory*, Kirklees, Metropolitan Borough of Kirklees, West Yorkshire, England *This location is unconfirmed or in dispute.