16/07/2024
Norwich, GB 18 C
Researching and reporting on the lives of some really interesting people (RIP)

LEON GAUTIER, aged 100

Originally he signed up for the Free French before becoming a marine and part of the only French unit to fight at D-Day. He later became an advocate for peace.

JOSS NAYLOR, aged 88

Injury prone young farmer who took up fell running to recover and became the greatest ever in his sport, setting many records and achieving incredible feats.

BREN ORTON, aged 29

A brilliant young kayaker, he represented his country and achieved many amazing feats and helped younger people take up the sport – before meeting a tragic end.

ANGELES FLOREZ PEON, aged 105

Spurred into socialism by the murder of a brother, she was one of the few women to be actively involved in the Spanish Civil War, being imprisoned and tortured.

DOROTHY BROMILEY, aged 93

Fame was thrust upon her when she was selected to appear in a Hollywood movie, but it disappeared quickly. She continued acting and became a textiles expert.

Really Interesting People from the UK

JOSS NAYLOR, aged 88

Injury prone young farmer who took up fell running to recover and became the greatest ever in his sport, setting many records and achieving incredible feats.

BREN ORTON, aged 29

A brilliant young kayaker, he represented his country and achieved many amazing feats and helped younger people take up the sport – before meeting a tragic end.

DOROTHY BROMILEY, aged 93

Fame was thrust upon her when she was selected to appear in a Hollywood movie, but it disappeared quickly. She continued acting and became a textiles expert.

ANGELA PEBERDY, aged 86

Originally a secretary to the stars in the sixties, she became a well-known railway station announcer. She was involved in a highly controversial court case

Really Interesting People from Europe

LEON GAUTIER, aged 100

Originally he signed up for the Free French before becoming a marine and part of the only French unit to fight at D-Day. He later became an advocate for peace.

ANGELES FLOREZ PEON, aged 105

Spurred into socialism by the murder of a brother, she was one of the few women to be actively involved in the Spanish Civil War, being imprisoned and tortured.

GERTRUDE WRIGHT, aged 99

A proficient linguist, she survived the bombing of her home city, fled from the Red Army, became a translator and teacher and built a school in the Himalayas.

Really Interesting People from the World

HENRY PARHAM, aged 99

A young African American who was drafted into the war, he was on Omaha Beach during D-Day, protecting troops landing. It took years for him to get recognition.

ARCHIE ROACH, aged 66

Taken from his family as a baby, he grew up thinking he was an orphan. After a wayward spell, he became Australia’s most prestigious musician – along with his wife, Ruby.

JEANNIE EPPER, aged 83

Possibly the greatest stuntwoman ever, she knew no fear. She made her name in Wonder Woman and appeared in many famous films – also training other stuntwomen.

PAUL ALEXANDER, aged 78

After contracting polio as a small boy, he spent the rest of his life in an iron lung. He led a life of independence and became a leading lawyer in Texas.