Sir Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965)
British politician known chiefly for his leadership of Great Britain during World War II. He served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955.
Cecil Rhodes (1852 - 1903)
Was the founder of the diamond company De Beers, which today markets 60% of the world's rough diamonds. He was the coloniser of the state of Rhodesia, which was named after him. Rhodesia
Sir Alexander Fleming (1881 - 1955)
A Scottish biologist Fleming published many articles on bacteriology, immunology, and chemotherapy. His best-known achievement is the discovery of of the antibiotic penicillin from the fungus
Robert Falcon Scott (1868 - 1912)
A British Royal Navy officer and Antarctic explorer. In the so-called "Race to the South Pole" Scott was second, behind the winning Norwegian Roald Amundsen; he and his four companions died whilst trying to return to their base.
Dr Thomas. J. Barnardo (1845 - 1905)
Irish philanthropist, and founder and director of homes for destitute children. From the foundation of the first Barnardo's home in 1870 to the date of Barnardo’s death, nearly 60,000 children had been rescued, trained and placed out in life.
Field Marshal Earl Kitchener of Khartoum (1850 - 1916)
was an Anglo-Irish British Field Marshal, diplomat and statesman popularly referred to as Lord Kitchener.
Field Marshal 1st Duke of Wellington (1769 - 1852)
was a British Army soldier and statesman, widely considered one of the leading military and political figures of the nineteenth century, and one of the greatest Generals of all time.
King George VI (1895 - 1952)
was King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions from 11 December 1936 until his death. He was the last Emperor of India (until 1947)
King Edward VIII (1894 - 1972) was King of Great Britain, Ireland, the British Dominions beyond the Seas, and Emperor of India from the death of his father, George V (1910–36), on 20 January 1936, until his abdication on 11 December 1936.
Dr Edward Jenner (1749 - 1823)
was an English scientist who studied his natural surroundings in Berkeley, Gloucestershire, England. He is famous as the first doctor to introduce and study the smallpox vaccine.
Sir Ernest Shackleton (1874 - 1922)
was an Anglo-Irish explorer. Born in Kilkea, Ireland, Shackleton embarked on four Antarctic expeditions and was knighted for travelling the furthest south of any contemporary human on his voyage aboard Nimrod.
Field Marshal Earl Haig (1861 - 1928)
was a British soldier and senior commander (Field Marshal) during World War I. Most notably he was commander during the Battle of the Somme, the 3rd Battle of Ypres and the series of victories leading to the German surrender in 1918.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 -1791)
was a prolific and influential composer of the Classical era. His output of over 600 compositions includes works widely acknowledged as pinnacles of symphonic, concertante, chamber, piano, operatic, and choral music. Mozart is among the most enduringly popular of classical composers.
Sir Walter Scott (1771 - 1832)
A Scottish historical novelist. His novels and poetry are still read, and many of his works remain classics of both English-language literature and of Scottish literature. Famous titles include Ivanhoe and Rob Roy.
Harold Abrahams (1899 -1978)
was a British athlete. He was an Olympic champion in 1924 in the 100 metre dash, a feat depicted in the 1981 movie Chariots of Fire. He was educated at Bedford School, Repton School and then at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, before training as a lawyer.
Peter Sellers (1925 - 1980)
was a British comedian and actor best known for his three roles in Dr. Strangelove, as Inspector Clouseau in The Pink Panther films, and as Clare Quilty in the original screen version of Lolita.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859 - 1930)
was a British author most noted for his stories about the detective Sherlock Holmes, which are generally considered a major innovation in the field of crime fiction, and for the adventures of Professor Challenger. He was a prolific writer whose other works include science fiction stories, historical novels, plays and romances, poetry, and non-fiction.
William Hogarth (1697 - 1764)
was a major English painter, printmaker, pictorial satirist, social critic and editorial cartoonist who has been credited with pioneering western sequential art.. Illustrations in such style are often referred to as Hogarthian.
Robbie Burns (1759 - 1796)
(also known as Rabbie Burns, Scotland's favourite son, the Ploughman Poet, the Bard of Ayrshire and in Scotland as simply The Bard) was a poet and a lyricist. He is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland, and is celebrated worldwide.
Tommy Trinder (1909 -1989)
was an English stage, screen and radio comedian. He was fast-talking and quick-witted and well-suited to stand up comedy in front of a live audience. His catch phrases, 'You lucky people!' and 'If it's laughter you're after, Trinder's the name', combined with his trademarks; the pork-pie hat.
William 'Jack' Dempsey (1895 -1983)
was an American boxer who held the world heavyweight title from 1919 to 1926. Dempsey's aggressive style and punching power made him one of the most popular boxers in history. Many of his fights set financial and attendance records.
Sir Donald Campbell (1921 - 1967)
was a British car and motorboat racer who broke eight world speed records in the 1950s and 60s. He remains the only person to set both land and water speed records in the same year (1964).
Sir Thomas Stamford Bingley Raffles (1781 -1826)
was the founder of the city of Singapore (now the Republic of Singapore), and is one of the most famous Britons who expanded the British Empire.