11/06/2024
Norwich, GB 12 C
Researching and reporting on the lives of some really interesting people (RIP)

IRENE OWENS, aged 102

She found religion at university and joined the Oxford Group. After spending her war working for the ARP, she was proactive in supplying aid to the newly independent Zimbabwe.

SIMONE SEGOUIN, aged 97

French Resistance partisan who carried out her work with a stolen bike and stolen gun, she was made famous by an American magazine and fought at the liberation of Paris

HAROLD WALMSLEY, aged 98

A Second World War flying Ace, he flew many missions in his Spitfire and was shot down in Belgium. After escaping, he went on to have a distinguished RAF career.

MAYNARD DAVIES, aged 87

Trained as a master bacon curer, he taught prisoners to make sausages, sold ham to the Queen, appeared as a Food Hero and divulged many secret recipes.

JUSTO GALLEGO, aged 96

A former Trappist monk he rebuilt a church destroyed in the Spanish Civil War – but he kept going and it became a cathedral, made of scrap

BRENDA FISHER, aged 95

A secretary from Grimsby she broke the world record swimming the English Channel and became an overnight sensation, mixing with the stars.

CAROLYN GRACE, aged 71

The world’s only qualified female Spitfire pilot who flew her own plane at airshows, she tragically died in the same manner as her husband.

CECILY LITTLETON, aged 95

A brilliant scientist in her own right, she was part of a significant and pioneering family – but she gave it all up to become a horticulturalist. She was dedicated to preserving the legacy of her great grandfather.