Bader: determined to join up

Leading Aircraftwoman in the WAAF and one of the first black women to join the British Armed Forces

Bader trained as an instrument repairer, became a Leading Aircraftwoman and soon gained the rank of Acting Corporal.

Squadron Leader Hugh James

Squadron Leader Hugh James: Pilot whose plane was shot down carrying ‘Strafer’ Gott, leading to Montgomery’s hour of glory

The Second Battle of El Alamein would be won while James lay enduring four months and several operations, as well as interrogation by an official inquiry

A.J. Pero of Twisted Sister at The Bonzo Bash in Ontario, Canada

AJ Pero: Drummer who helped make Twisted Sister one of MTV's mainstays

With their extravagant make-up and costumes, they made a perfect match for the fledgling MTV with hits that included 'I Wanna Rock'

John Mason with prime minister Edward Heath at the opening of a new wing of the Meteorological Office in 1972

Sir John Mason: Physicist who modernised the Meteorological Office and made it an internationally-admired institution

Mason solved a problem which had bewildered scientists since Benjamin Franklin’s time – how do thunder clouds generate electrical charges?

Moir takes his place in the Man Utd team picture at the start of the 1961-62 season

Ian Moir: United winger who helped Busby's rebuilding process after Munich

To watch Ian Moir on Manchester United’s training pitch was to savour an irrepressible artist in all his impish glory.

Scrivener: a tall, loping figure, he was described as ‘the legal world’s Michael Heseltine

Anthony Scrivener: Charismatic barrister who took many high-profile cases and was a reforming chairman of the Bar Council

Anthony Scrivener was a forward-thinking judicial reformer and a one-time Labour Party supporter whose working class background helped make him a charismatic, combative barrister who became one of the best-paid in the country, the archetypal millionaire socialist.

Wyatt, when he was High Commissioner to Ghana, with with Julius Nyerere of Tanzania (centre), and Jerry Rawlings of Ghana

Arthur Wyatt: Consul-General in Tehran who helped the US Embassy staff escape in 1979 but was sorely traduced by the film 'Argo'

The six terrified Americans who had crept out of a side-exit from the US Embassy in Tehran to the street on 4 November 1979 had nowhere to run.

Jean-Pierre Beltoise before the British Grand Prix at Brands Hatch in 1974

Jean-Pierre Beltoise: Racing driver whose career suffered after a crash but who went on to win in torrential rain in Monaco

He managed to establish a successful racing career, but Beltoise was seen as a reliable journeyman rather than a title contender

Arnaud de Borchgrave: he had been 13th in line to the Belgian throne

Arnaud de Borchgrave: Belgian aristocrat who became a widely admired foreign correspondent and later edited 'The Washington Times'

De Borchgrave himself became a story with feats of derring-do - as when he got to the front lines of the 1973 Yom Kippur war in the garb of an Egyptian general

Woods wore the 'Ugliest Woman in the World' badge with pride and helped put Egremont on the map

Anne Woods: Winner of the women's world gurning title at the Egremont Crab Fair in Cumbria a record 28 times

Woods first started gurning in 1977 after being put forward by her family as a practical joke

Jones: he was easily enticed away from his literary work by journalism and broadcasting

Doctor Harri Pritchard Jones: Psychiatrist and author whose writing and activism made him a giant of Welsh literature and language

Although he wrote exclusively in Welsh, most of his stories and novels are set outside Wales and deal with characters and events far beyond the usual confines of contemporary Welsh literature

Eye of the storm: Lennon, centre, with the Beatles (and Ringo's wife Maureen) at the premiere of 'A Hard Day’s Night' in 1964

Cynthia Lennon: The first wife of John Lennon whose steadfastness was rewarded by cruel treatment at the hands of the Beatle

Although she made continual attempts to move on with her life, it was a life almost inevitably dominated by her relationship with one of the most famous men in the world

Porcaro: 'his groove and feel made him the player he was,' said one Toto bandmate

Mike Porcaro: Innovative bass guitarist whose abilities helped make American band Toto one of the giants of soft rock

A great admirer of the Motown bass-player James Jamerson, Mike Porcaro made Toto a funkier proposition

Kitter: He once had to apologise to young radio listeners for describing Father Christmas as 'fictional'

Roger Kitter: Stand-up comedian and actor best known for taking over the role of Captain Bertorelli in ''Allo 'Allo!'

He had to apologise to children listening to a Christmas radio programme after describing Father Christmas as "male and fictional".

Ken Owen

Ken Owen: Irascible but eloquent journalist who began as a friend of the apartheid regime but was later its vituperative scourge

Appointed editor of the SA Sunday Times, he transformed it from a white-read, sensationalist rag to a well-respected newspaper with a majority black readership

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