Historical Figures

William Gregg

William Gregg VC Right

Born: 27 January 1980, Heanor
Died: 10 August 1969, Heanor

Served in the British Army during World War I and World War II as Company Sergeant-Major. Awarded the Victoria Cross, the Military Medla and the Distinguished Conduct Mdeal.

Victoria Cross

On 6 May 1918 at Bucquoy, France, when all the officers of Sergeant Gregg's company had been hit during an attack on an enemy outpost, he took command, rushing two enemy posts, killing some of the gun teams, taking prisoners and capturing a machine-gun. He then started to consolidate his position until driven back by a counter-attack, but as reinforcements had by now come up, he led a charge, personally bombed a hostile machine-gun, killed the crew and captured the gun. When driven back again, he led another successful attack and held on to his position until ordered to withdraw.


Charles Edwin Stone

Charles Edwin Stone VC

Born: 4 February 1889, Ripley
Died: 29 August 1959, Derby

Served in the British Army from 1914 to 1919 as a Bombardier. Awarded both the Victoria Cross and the Military Medal.

Victoria Cross

On 21 March 1918 at Caponne Farm, France, after working at his gun for six hours under heavy gas and shell fire, Gunner Stone was sent back to the rear with an order. He delivered it and then, under a very heavy barrage, returned with a rifle to assist in holding up the enemy on a sunken road. First lying in the open under very heavy machine-gun fire and then on the right flank of the two rear guns he held the enemy at bay. Later he was part of a group which captured a machine-gun and four prisoners.


Florence Nightingale

Florence Nightingale

Born: 1820
Died: 1910

Florence Nightingale lived, with her family, at Lea before becoming a great reformer of hospital nursing. She came to prominence while serving as a nurse during the Crimean War, where she tended to wounded soldiers. She was known as "The Lady with the Lamp" after her habit of making rounds at night.


Jedediah Strutt

Jedediah _Strutt _by _Joseph _Wright _of _Derby

Born: 1726
Died: 1797

Jedediah Strutt was a hosier and cotton spinner from Belper. Strutt bought land in 1777 for his first mill in Belper, which at that time was a hamlet of framework knitters and nail makers. In 1781 he bought the old forge at Makeney by Milford Bridge from Walter Mather. Belper opened in 1778 and Milford in 1782. For each he built long rows of substantial worker's houses and both are now part of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site.

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