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Walter Parker VC (1881-1936)

During World War I, Royal Marine, Lance-Corporal Walter Richard Parker was the only person in the area to be awarded the Victoria Cross.

The Victoria Cross is the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. Read more >>




Arthur Mee (1875-1943)

Perhaps Stapleford's most 'famous' son was the author Arthour Mee; known throughout the world for his Children's Encyclopaedia, Childrens Picture Bible and Children's Newspaper.  Read more >> 

 

 


Lord of the Manor of Stapleford. Sir John commanded the Royal Navy during the War of American Independence and the Napoleonic Wars, in which he became a Rear Admiral. Amongst his many honours he was made Knight of the Bath and Knight of the Hanoverian Order Guelph. For several years he was a Member of Parliament for Nottingham. Read more >>





Dave Watson (1946)

Dave was one of England's greatest central defenders of all time, some would say the greatest!

The youngest of eight children, Dave Watson was brought up in Stapleford. After work as a farm labourer and trainee electrician, his older brother arranged for him to have a trial with Notts County and he became a professional footballer at the age of 20. During his career he played 65 times for England, won an FA Cup medal in 1973 with Sunderland and a League Cup medal with Manchester City in 1976. Dave's career ended where it had begun at Notts County. Read more >>

 


Slavomir Rawicz (1915-2004)

Slavomir Rawicz was a young Polish cavelry officer at the begimimg of world war II. He was caught up in events following the invasion of Poland by the Germans and the subsequent partition of the country with the Russians. The Russians arrested Slavomir and he was subject to a a brutal interrogation and a farce of a trial and was sentenced to 25 years hard labour in the Gulags.
After a three-month journey to Siberia in the depths of winter he escaped with six companions, realising that to stay in the camp meant almost certain death. In June 1941 they crossed the trans-Siberian railway and headed south, climbing into Tibet and, finally, freedom nine months later in March 1942 after travelling on foot through some of the harshest regions in the world, including the Gobi dessert.

After the war, Slavomir moved to England and settled in Sandiacre (close to Stapleford) and in 1955 wrote a book - The Long Walk - about his adventurous escape to freedom. Read obituary (The Guardian) >>


 
 
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