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Bull Kearley

Richard Irven "Bull" Kearley was a college football player. "Bull" Kearley was born on August 25, 1891 in Franklin, Alabama of Monroe County to Irvin James Kearley and Frances E. Gaines. Kearley was a prominent football player for Mike Donahue's Auburn Tigers of Auburn University from 1911 to 1914, winning two Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association titles with Auburn and selected for All-Southern teams in 1913 and 1914, he was shifted from halfback to end in 1913. Donahue's 7-Box or 7-2-2 defensive scheme required fast ends which could disrupt a play from the start, he recovered three fumbles in the game with Georgia Tech in a 14 to 0 victory. "Bull Kearley was the star on both sides and gave an exhibition of football the like of which has never seen on a southern gridiron before. He covered every punt and nearly every time nailed the man in his tracks, once coming down the field so hard that the man, receiving the punt, fumbled it to get out of the way." One writer claims "Auburn had a lot of great football teams, but there may not have been one greater than the 1913-1914 team."

Edward Douglas Brown

Colonel Edward Douglas Browne-Synge-Hutchinson, was a recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. He was born as Edward Douglas Brown in Kasauli, India. In 1904 he took the name of his maternal uncle, Sir Edward Synge-Hutchinson, to become Edward Douglas Browne-Synge-Hutchinson VC, he was the nephew of Lieutenant General Coote Synge-Hutchinson. He died in London. Brown was 39 years old, a major in the 14th Hussars, British Army during the Second Boer War when the following deed took place on 13 October 1900 at Geluk, South Africa for which he was awarded the VC: On the 13th October, 1900, at Geluk, when the enemy were within 400 yards, bringing a heavy fire to bear, Major Brown, seeing that Sergeant Hersey's horse was shot, stopped behind the last squadron as it was retiring, helped Sergeant Hersey to mount behind him, carrying him for about three-quarters of a mile to a place of safety.

He did this under a heavy fire. Major Brown afterwards, enabled Lieutenant Browne, 14th Hussars, to mount, by holding his horse, restive under the heavy fire. Lieutenant Browne could not otherwise have mounted. Subsequently Major Brown carried Lance-Corporal Trumpeter Leigh out of action, he was mentioned in despatches for his service during the war. Brown left Cape Town for the United Kingdom in early May 1902, shortly before the end of the war, received a brevet promotion to lieutenant-colonel in the South African Honours list published on 26 June 1902, his Victoria Cross is displayed at the 14th/20th King's Hussars Museum, Lancashire, England. Irish Winners of the Victoria Cross Monuments to Courage The Register of the Victoria Cross Victoria Crosses of the Anglo-Boer War Location of grave and VC medal AngloBoerwar.com