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[/FONT][FONT="][FONT=Verdana]Ned Parfett (UK)- Newsboy & subject of a very famous, iconic photograph. He was the 16-year-old newsboy standing on a London street holding the headline banner announcing the sinking of the Titanic in April 1912 which became a very well-known & oft-used image after the scene was snapped by a photographer. The photograph symbolises the great shock and disbelief that greeted the news of the famous tragedy.
The Great War began two years later and in 1916, 20-year-old Parfett joined the Royal Artillery and served as a Despatch-Rider before being assigned to Reconnaissance duties. He took part in numerous actions and was mentioned in dispatches, receiving the Military Medal, being praised for his bravery by his CO. He was granted home-leave in October 1918 and on the 29th, just 14 days before the end of the war, he was about to head home when he paused to collect some fresh clothes from a Quarter-Master’s store. At that moment, it was struck by an artillery shell and 22-year-old Parfett was killed. Three of his brothers also fought in the war but all survived.
Charles Lightoller (UK)- Second Officer of RMS Titanic and highest-ranking member of the ship’s crew to survive the infamous sinking in 1912. He was also a volunteer sailor in rescuing British troops during the Dunkirk Evacuation in 1940. [/FONT] [FONT=Verdana]
In the Great War, Lightoller joined the Royal Navy and served as a Lieutenant on the armed-merchant cruiser RMS Oceanic and then in 1915 as First Officer on the converted ex-liner RMS Campania, the world’s first aircraft-carrier. He became a Commander and served on Torpedo boats and finally as Master of a Destroyer. He was twice awarded the DSO.
Georg Ludwig von Trapp (Austria)- Career Naval Officer and wealthy Austrian noble who married Maria Kutschera, the tutor to his seven children, following the death of his first wife. This story is famously known for being the inspiration for the hugely-successful stage and screen musical ‘The Sound of Music’. [/FONT] [FONT=Verdana]
During WW1, von Trapp was a U-Boat Captain in the Austro-Hungarian Navy and was credited with the sinking of 13 ships, including a French armoured-Cruiser, plus the capture of a Greek Steamer. Most of his victims were British or Italian Steamers and most of his kills were achieved in a captured French submarine re-christened U-14. He ended the war as a Lieutenant-Commander or Korvettenkapitan. His brother Werner, also in the military, was killed in 1915.
John Reginald Christie (UK) – Infamous Serial Killer who murdered eight people (including his wife) between 1943 and 1953 and buried or concealed their bodies at his flat at 10 Rillington Place in Notting-Hill, London. He was tried and executed in July 1953. A younger man, Timothy Evans, was falsely convicted and executed in 1950 after being arrested for the murder of his wife who had actually been killed by Christie. Following Christie’s trial, Evans was posthumously pardoned but the tragic mistake sparked public outrage and was a major factor in the abolition of the death penalty for murder in the UK in 1965. [/FONT] [FONT=Verdana]
During WW1, the 17-year-old Christie enlisted as a signalman in September 1916 and served on the Western Front. He was injured in a Mustard gas attack in June 1918 and hospitalized in Calais for a month where he claimed to have been blinded. However it is most likely that this injury was only feigned as there are no records of it and Christie had been a known hypochondriac and hysteric since early childhood who had pretended to be ill on numerous occasions in order to get attention. For three months after his injury, Christie was also mute but this also may have been an affectation.
William Maxwell Aitken, the 1st Lord Beaverbrook (Canada)- Controversial and flamboyant Business Tycoon, Politician & Media Baron. In the 1920s-30s, he owned the UK Fleet-street newspapers The Daily Express & The Sunday Express. However he is best-remembered for his role as Minister for aircraft production during WW2 and he is popularly credited for increasing the supply of new fighter aircraft for the Royal air-force before and during the Battle of Britain in 1940 (although some recent historians have questioned the true impact of his role). [/FONT] [FONT=Verdana]
In WW1, Beaverbrook was in charge of creating the Canadian War Records Office in London and he exerted considerable pressure on the British media to ensure that the contributions of Canadian troops on the Western Front were given due recognition. He visited Canadian troops at the front on several occasions and was given the honorary rank of Colonel. In 1916, he published a book ‘Canada in Flanders’, show-casing the achievements of his countrymen. In 1918, he became Minister for Information and was responsible for Allied propaganda but in September of that year, he resigned in frustration due to restrictions on his role and powers imposed by political enemies and rivals.
Jean Patou (France)- Fashion-Designer and Perfume-Manufacturer of the 1920s and 30s. He is best-known for being the first to design women’s sportswear, which included inventing the tennis-skirt, and produced designs that still influence sports-clothing today. He also produced and sold numerous popular scents and his perfume company-The House of Patou-remained a family-owned business until 2001. One of his perfumes- Joy- is the world’s second-highest seller after Chanel No.5. [/FONT] [FONT=Verdana]
Mobilised in 1914, Patou served as a Captain in the French Army Zouaves. He fought in the ill-fated Gallipoli Campaign in 1915 as a member of the French Contingent of the Allied Invasion Force.
Dale Carnegie (USA)- Writer, Lecturer and Motivational Speaker from pre-WW1 to the 1950s. He designed many courses in corporate training and professional & personal development that are still used today across the world (known as the Carnegie Courses). To date, up to 7 million people have participated in them. His most famous book on self-improvement was How to Win Friends and Influence People (1937). Many of his techniques and ideas are still a major influence on many motivational speakers today.[/FONT] [FONT=Verdana]
During WW1, Carnegie served in the US Army.
Colonel Francis de Groot (Ireland/Australia)- Military Officer and member of the New Guard, a secretive, extreme Right-Wing organisation that existed in Australia during the 1920s and 30s and, at its peak, had 50,000 members in Sydney alone. The Guard were committed to combating the spread of Communism and preserving Australia’s ties and loyalty to England. De Groot achieved his moment of fame on March 19th 1932 during the Official Opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Dressed in full military uniform as a Cavalry Officer and mounted on a horse, he infiltrated the Honour Guard. As the State Premier of NSW, Jack Lang, was about to cut the ribbon, de Groot galloped forward, raised his sword and, with a shout of “I declare this bridge open in the name of decent & respectable people of New South Wales!” he slashed the ribbon himself. De Groot later said that this action was to protest the absence of Governor-General Isaacs and to take a stand against the state Labor government of Premier Lang whom the New Guard believed was under the sway of Communism. De Groot was arrested and tried but was acquitted on legal technicalities and he later moved back to Ireland. The sword he used to cut the ribbon was recently bought by an Australian collector and the incident has become a famous part of the city’s folklore. [/FONT] [FONT=Verdana]
During WW1, de Groot served in the British 15th Hussars Cavalry Regiment and saw action on the Western Front, participating in the Battles of Mons and Le Cateau in August 1914.
Otto Frank (Germany/Holland)- German-Jewish Spice store owner who moved to Holland in 1933 to escape the Nazis and who later hid for two years (1942-44) together with his wife, two daughters and four other Jews in an annex of a house in Amsterdam to avoid capture. They were discovered in 1944 and sent to a concentration camp where all of them perished except Otto. One of his daughters, Anne, had kept a diary during their confinement in the annex and after his release, Otto organised its’ retrieval and publication. The Diary of Anne Frank became one of the most famous books to emerge from WW2 and the Holocaust. Otto also organised a successful campaign to prevent the demolition of the building where he and his family had hidden and ensured it was preserved to become a museum.[/FONT] [FONT=Verdana]
In WW1, Frank became a Leutnant in the German Army in 1915 and he fought on the Western Front along with tens of thousands of other German Jews, many of whom would survive the First World War only to perish in the Holocaust of the Second.
Alfred Eisenstaedt (Germany/USA)- Photographer who snapped the very famous picture of an off-duty US Sailor kissing his girlfriend in Times Square, New York on VJ Day, 1945, the day the Second World War ended. German-born Eisenstaedt, who became a US Citizen in 1935, was a professional photographer from the late 1920s up until the early 1990s. [/FONT] [FONT=Verdana]
In WW1, Eisenstaedt, a native of East Prussia who was raised in Berlin, served in the German Army Artillery. He was badly wounded in Flanders on 9th April 1918 and by the end of the day, he was the sole survivor of his Battery. His injuries left him walking with a permanent (and severe) limp for the rest of his life.
George Kruger Gray (UK)- Coin Designer who produced the designs for the reverses (tails) of coins for a number of countries. He designed all of the Australian coins used between 1937 and the introduction of decimal currency in 1966 and several English coins in circulation between the 1920s and 1950s. His designs for the Canadian nickel and one-cent coin are still in use today.[/FONT] [FONT=Verdana]
During WW1, Gray served as an infantryman in the Artists Rifles Regiment on the Western Front.
Edited by spidge, 11 July 2012 - 11:56 PM.