An Australian who rebelled against her Salvation Army background, she rejoined and rose to be the General of the Salvation Army, spreading the message around the world.
She grew up in extreme poverty but trained as a teacher. After recovering from TB she went on to be a much loved and respected headteacher in Suffolk.
A labrador retriever working for the Mexican Navy she rescued many people during disasters throughout Central America and became a national hero.
A refugee from Poland he became an active member of the French Resistance with a dramatic escape from the Nazis. In later life a professor in universities.
An Oxford graduate, she became a pioneering Labour Councillor in Birmingham – the only woman to lead the council. She was Mayor of the city but was hated by the right-wing press.
A student in Hiroshima when the atomic bomb was detonated, he was lucky to survive. A thwarted romance led to a suicide pact but he lived to be a teacher and campaigner for peace.