The answers to a who are we quiz. If you’ve not done it yet, and want to, head over to that page before reading on.
1. Who am I – Big Cigar, Born at Blenheim, wrote a History of the English Speaking Peoples?
2. Who am I – Big Hat, Big Cigar, Big Bridges?
Isambard Kingdom Brunel
3. Who am I – Part alter ego of Wonder Woman, part the place your mum buys her pants?
4. Who am I – I had a Beagle, a big beard and my final book was the Formation of Vegetable Mould, through the Actions of Worms 1881?
5. Who am I – Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford or Sir Francis Bacon or Christopher Marlowe or William Stanley, 6th Earl of Derby?
6. Who am I – 1643 to 1727?
7. Who am I – “I know I have the body of a weak and feeble woman; but I have the heart and stomach of a king”?
Queen Elizabeth I
8. Who am I – Middle name Winston and was the Walrus?
9. Who am I – It has been suggested that a 19th Century wrestling move is named after him due to navel strategies he used to surround the opponent to win the Battle of the Nile?
10. Who am I – My body was exhumed from Westminster Abbey on 30 January 1661 and was subjected to a posthumous execution, as were the remains of John Bradshaw and Henry Ireton?
11. Who am I – I was born in 1874 in County Kildare, Ireland and I am most famous for my expedition in 1914 that crushed my Endurance and failed despite which, no lives were lost?
Sir Ernest Shackleton
12. Who am I – I lead three incredible voyages, the first of which I was appointed leader due to my skill and knowledge of astronomy and the last of which saw my demise at Kealakekua Bay in1779, in a confrontation with the Indigenous people of Hawaii?
Captain James Cook
13. Who am I – A British Army officer, writer and founder of a world-wide youth movement which he wrote a book about that was published in 1908 and is the 4th best selling book of the 20th century?
14. Who am I – A learned and merciful man of a gracious and level-headed nature who encouraged education, proposing that primary education be taught in English and who successfully defended his kingdom against the Viking attempt at conquest, and by the time of his death had become the dominant ruler in England?
Alfred the Great
15. Who am I – Better known by his title than his name, a leading military and political figures of 19th-century Britain, served twice as prime minister and responsible for ending the Napoleonic Wars?
Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington
16. Who am I – The longest serving Prime Minister of the 20th Century, educated in school sin Lincolnshire at and graduated from Oxford with Second-Class Honours, in the four-year Chemistry Bachelor of Science degree?
17. Who am I – Born Michael Patrick Smith, made famous by playing Frank alongside Betty and Jessica on TV in 1973 and 1975 and has performed in various productions on the West End and on Broadway?
18. Who am I – First name Alexandrina, named after her godfather, Tsar Alexander I, proposed to her husband, had nine children, survived at least six attempts on her life and became queen at the age of 18?
19. Who am I – Said to have “died” on 9 November, 1966 and replaced by a look-a-like, just for not wearing shoes?
Sir Paul McCartney
20. Who am I – Born in Ayrshire, Scotland in 1881, accepted with a scholarship into St Mary’s Hospital Medical School at the age of 25, earned a gold medal in 1908 for being the University’s highest ranked medical student, discovered one of the most widely used medications and named it after the Latin name for mould?
Sir Alexander Fleming
Bonus: Who are they?
They are the top 20 Greatest Britons as voted for by the British public in a poll for BBC’s 100 Greatest Britons in 2002.