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People Who Died in Battle

Name these famous people who died in battle.
Some answers are apocryphal
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First submittedMarch 22, 2014
Last updatedAugust 29, 2015
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Battle or War
Year
Clue
Answer
Battle of Trafalgar
1805
Britain's most famous admiral
Horatio Nelson
Battle of the Little Bighorn
1876
Sioux antagonist who had a last stand
George Armstrong Custer
Third Servile War
71 BC
Gladiator who led a slave revolt against Rome
Spartacus
Battle of Bosworth Field
1485
English king who would have given his
kingdom for a horse
Richard III
Battle of the Alamo
1836
King of the wild frontier
Davy Crockett
Battle of the Alamo
1836
Knife namesake
Jim Bowie
Battle of Hastings
1066
Last Anglo-Saxon king of England
Harold II
Afghanistan conflict
2004
NFL player killed by friendly fire
Pat Tillman
Battle of Thermopylae
480 BC
King of Sparta
Leonidas
Battle of Lumphanan
1057
King of Scotland and subject
of a Shakespeare play
MacBeth
WWI
1918
Top ace of WWI
Manfred von Richthofen
Ottoman–Hungarian Wars
1476
Wallachian ruler known for impaling people
Vlad the Impaler
Trojan War
-
Greatest soldier of Troy
Hector
Trojan War
-
Shot in the heel by Paris
Achilles
Philistine-Israelite War
-
Giant who caught a rock to the forehead
Goliath
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level 25
Apr 16, 2014
Not to be dickish, but do you really think Pat Tillman is 'famous', or will be in (say) ten years? In any case, he's absolutely not on a par with these famous figures of history & mythology.
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level ∞
Apr 16, 2014
He's a guy that people know and I struggled to come up with enough to fill out the quiz. I was surprised at how FEW famous people died in battle. I guess Patton was right:
"No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his"
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level 35
Apr 20, 2014
thats wjhat i was thinking
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level 64
Jun 10, 2014
If you are a football fan (and its the most popular sport in the US) you should know who Pat Tillman is. If you are a conspiracy theory fan (figures vary) you would also know Pat Tillman. Besides, it's trivia - some it will be trivial.
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level 37
May 12, 2018
Outside of the US of A, Pat Tillman is definitely not famous.
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level 73
Apr 18, 2014
yeah he will be remembered...has a statue outside of the arizona cardinals stadium
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level 77
Apr 22, 2014
I knew his name, haven't lived in the US in almost a decade, and don't give a flip about football.
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level 55
Apr 16, 2015
I remembered. I just couldn't think of his last name even though I knew it.
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level 69
Sep 22, 2016
This is the first I'm hearing of him. I suspect Stonewall Jackson may be a slightly more well known figure. Alternatively, how about Constantine XI Palaeologus, last Emperor of Byzantium, who died in the Battle of Constantinople? There's an important figure who died in battle in a decisive turning point in history.
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level 55
Apr 18, 2014
Yeah, some of these are really reaching. Goliath? Really?
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level 31
Apr 18, 2014
I really liked that leonidaaaas was an acceptable answer!!! This is Spartaaa.
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level 77
Apr 18, 2014
Seriously? I missed it because I spelled it McBeth.
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level 40
Apr 20, 2014
Gadaffi died in battle... sorta. As did Richard I, Watt Tyler and many famous Romans inc. Brutus, Julian, Crassus, Valens etc.
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level 77
Apr 22, 2014
Qaddafi was killed by a mob of people who were carrying him around, definitely not in battle.
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level 58
Jun 17, 2014
^^^ this
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level 55
May 20, 2014
This is like the twelfth quiz I've taken that involves good ol' Vlad. Just sayin.'
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level 68
Jun 7, 2014
I'd say that Stonewall and Adolphus should be included, that's all. Besides that, great quiz. Got 'em all.
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level 77
May 24, 2019
I second Gustavus Adolphus
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level 54
Feb 13, 2016
Surely there are some answers that would be better? I mean, who the hell are Jim Bowie (only got it from the knife reference) and Pat Tillman? Do we really need two people from such a relatively inconsequential battle as that of the Alamo, and two people from the same mythical story? Charles the Bold, Gustavus Adolphus, James Wolfe, Wilfred Owen, surely these people are better inclusions? Also, accept Godwinson & variations for Harold II please, and "Sioux antagonist" is a bit ambiguous; reword perhaps? "Enemy of the Sioux" or something?
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level 45
Aug 31, 2017
NFL player doesn't really belong imo... Not someone a military history buff would know.
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level 67
Dec 11, 2017
Henry Moseley: Isaac Asimov said that Moseley's death aged 27 at Gallipoli in 1915, was the greatest lost to science of all time. Henry In his classic study of the x-ray spectra of elements established the truly scientific basis of the Periodic Table by arranging chemical elements in the order of their atomic numbers. Moseley was a sure thing for a Nobel Prize in three different criteria;....... all lost.
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level 37
May 12, 2018
So mythological characters like Hector, Achilles and Goliath instead of historical figures like Cyrus the Great, Richard the Lionheart or Constantinos XI ?
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level 69
Aug 31, 2019
Constantine XI would be a really good choice. Varus might be another good one that many people might know, if only for the famous "Quinctilius Varus, give me back my Legions!" quote from Augustus.