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Old July 12th, 2017, 01:13 AM   #1
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The most admirable children


When we speak about famous people on the forums, we hardly ever mention children! This is a serious omission. On this thread, let's discuss the most virtuous, noble, totally exemplary children and adolescents who have lived from the most ancient times until recently.
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Joseph Agricol Viala, a prototype of Gavroche, is the fitst one who comes to mind.

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Mozart!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Miyamoto Musashi.
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Old July 13th, 2017, 12:25 AM   #5
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To name just a few:

Mozart, absolutely...And his sister Maria Anna!

Giotto and Aubrey Beardsley, precocious, innovative artists who both set trends.

The Tsarevich Aleksei, son of Nicholas and Alexandra, admirable for his fortitude in the face of illness and suffering.

All of the patient Bronte siblings, whose childhood was decidedly unpleasant.

Samuel, dedicated even before birth to the service of his Lord.

Tobias, for filial piety.

Beatrice d'Este, wife of Lodovico il Moro: her youth and happiness were sacrificed to dynastic ambitions.

Dauphin Louis, innocent little son of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette: eliminated by the Jacobins.
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Sir Walter Raleigh's son sounds wonderful(and slightly dangerous) to have been around. Unfortunately he died a young man.

edit: I didnt realise the OP wanted exemplary children. I instead think Raleighs son comes across as very human and rather funloving in the few accounts we have of him.

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Jack Cornwall VC, fought at Jutland when his gun was hit continued to man the gun even though all others were dead and he was seriously wounded.

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At 16 not the youngest VC winner that goes to 15 year olds
Andrew Fitzgibbon ( a medic awarded for treaty wounded under fire) Thomas Flinn who lead a bayonet charge against a mutineers artillery post in India)..


Sidney Lewis volunteered and fought in WWI --aged 12!
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sent home he re-enlisted again at the ripe old age of 15.


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James Meldrum Marchbank (born 1900) -- from a very poor Scottish slum he found release in the boy scouts and then as a drummer boy in his local Territorial army regiment. In 1914 they march off to war -- he insists he goes with them and fights in the regiment until its stand down after 1918. Was continually offered a chance to be sent home from the Western Front and continually insisted 'to stay and fight with the lads' even returned after being wounded.
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Tadeusz Rajszczak "Maszynka" (left) and two other young soldiers from "Miotła" Battalion, 2 September 1944, Defenders of Warsaw.
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If you are gong to count children willing to kill people as "nobel" then you will have to make room for whopping number of underage Nazi's. And those kids who ISIS gets to cut of captives heads in defense of their 'faith'.
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If you are gong to count children willing to kill people as "nobel" then you will have to make room for whopping number of underage Nazi's. And those kids who ISIS gets to cut of captives heads in defense of their 'faith'.

So the teenage boys and 'Scouts' of the Warsaw Rising would have been more admirable if they had just allowed themselves to be slaughtered quietly?
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