1897 - 1917
Captain Albert VC
hero - Pilot
most celebrated war hero Captain Albert Ball was born in Lenton, on
21 August 1897. He is known to be the most renowned fighter pilot
in the RFC who shot down 44 planes in the First World War. For the
most conspicuous and consistent bravery, Captain Albert Ball was awarded
the Victoria Cross on 8 June 1917.
"The most daring, skilful, and successful pilot the Royal Flying
Corps has ever had", Major-General
(1917); Legion d'Honneur; Croix de Chevalier; Russian Order of St.George.
1811 - 1880
- Bare-knuckle fighter
think that he was called Bendigo because of the way he bobbed and
weaved, but a relative, Kevan Middleton, says that is not true. "He
was named Abednigo by his mother when he was born. This became Bendigo
at some point (easier on the tongue presumably)". His real name
was William Thompson. He was an exceptional fighter who was scientific,
quick and tricky. He fought from a left-hand stance but could shift
quickly and hit hard with both fists. Bendigo was also an all-round
athlete who was agile in movement and a fast runner. In 1955 he was
elected to the Ring Boxing Hall of Fame.
of England (1835); Ring
Boxing Hall of Fame in (1955).
- Stereo MCs
The Stereo MCs
founder members Rob Birch and Nick "the head" Hallam are
both from Ruddington and have been friends since the age of six.
They are renowned for their own distinctive brand of rap-based
music. Many tracks from their hit album 'Connected' are part of British
subconcious psyche due to sampling in adverts, films and TV
jingles. After nine years out of the limelight they have returned
in 2001 with a new album.
Award-winning album 'Connected'; 1994 BRIT Award - Best Band.
1914 - 1955
- Long distance swimmer
The man from
Hyson Green, named by the media 'Torpedo Tom' after he swam the English
Channel in a record 13 hours, 29 minutes. In 1947 he dared to swim
where no man had gone before, attempting to cross the freezing cold
waters of the Irish Channel. He
failed, just short of the distance.
Morceambe Cross bay championship (1935); Swam English channel
1850 - 1931
- Boots the Chemist
Jesse Boot transformed
a small herbal store into a powerful pharmaceutical giant - Boots
The Chemist. He lived in Hockley, a poor area of 19th century Nottingham.
His famous quote "Cheap drugs would be dear if they were cheap and
nasty. Nasty to the palate many drugs are bound to be; but worse is
the nastiness of bad quality."
Lord Trent of Nottingham (1929); Knighthood (1909).
1829 - 1912
- Salvation Army
from Sneinton, was the founder and first General of The Salvation
Army. People have often said that he poked his umbrella into the ground
and talked to it, just to attract a crowd. In 1865 William and his
wife founded the Whitechapel Christian Mission in London to help feed
and house the poor. The mission was reorganised in 1878 and became
known as the Salvation Army.
Salvation Army (1878).
1829 - 1912
- Raleigh cycle
In 1887 Frank
Bowden was told he had only months to live. Rather than accept hs
fate, he chose to follow the advice of his doctor who told him to
take up cycling to save his life. To improve his health, he went to
Raleigh Street, where he found 12 men in a small workshop producing
three cycles a week. Bowden then decided to buy the workshop and the
Raleigh Cycle Company was founded.
to Nottingham at the age of six. He says he was always a show-off.
When he joined the local ladies for pantomime it was hard to get him
off stage. One early theatrical experience was in repertory at the
Bristol Old Vic, with fellow actor Leonard Rossiter. Later the pair
were reunited in a pantomime called Hooray for Daisy. His first TV
credit was as a constable in an episode of "The Last Chronicle
of Barsett" in 1959. He later achieved widespread fame playing
alongside Penelope Keith in "To The Manor Born."
To The Manor Born (1979-81); Only When I Laugh (1979-82); The
Bounder (1982-83); The Irish RM (1983-85); Lytton's Diary Executive
1893 - 1987
Douglas Byng was born into an affluent family with a privileged childhood.
Nottingham had never previously been noted for its production of comedians
but he was an exception. His first professional engagement was at
Hastings, in 1914, when he joined the Periodicals Concert Party. His
particular areas were musical comedy and pantomime (he was regarded
as one of the best dames of the century). He made his last TV appearance
when he was nearly 90 — interviewed by Michael Parkinson on Parkinson
for BBC1 in 1982.
Made his first LP at 69, wrote his biography at 77.
1788 - 1824
BYRON, George Gordon
At the age of
ten Byron became a nobleman and inherited Newstead Abbey in Nottinghamshire.
He was known as one of England's most controversial poets and writers
of his time. Now rated amongst the world's greatest poets, Byron's
works were being published in America and translated into German.
Hours of Idleness (1807); Childe Harold's Pilgrimage (1812); Giaour
(1813); Lara (1814); A Vision of Judgement (1822).