of William Greenhalgh, Joćo Guilherme Greenhalgh was born
in Rio de Janeiro on June 28, 1845. Joćo's Grandfather was
Richard Greenhalgh who was born 1775 in Lancashire and died
in Dec, 25, 1843 in Holcome.
came to Brazil around 1815, with his brother Richard (born
Feb 20th, 1798 in Bury) . In 1862, Joćo Guilherme Greenhalgh
passed out of the Marine School, finishing the course as
the best student.
1865 he boarded the Pamaķba corvette, and left for battle
with Paraguay. On the 11th June during Riachuelo's battle,
three Paraguayan steamships boarded her.
Guilherme fought bravely. As he saw a Paraguayan official
lowering the Brazilian flag, and he fought to regain it
killing the Paraguayan with a single shot.
was immediately wounded by the enemy, by a rifle shot, soon
after Joćo was killed by an axe blow which decapitated him.
died hugging the Brazilian flag. Soon after that, the Amazonas
frigate came to help of Paraiba, sadly too late for Joćo,
and many of the crew.
Joćo Guilherme Greenhalgh is considered one of the greatest
Brazilian Marine heroes. His name was given to several ships
and also to a merit medal of the Naval school
would like to thank ROGÉRIO GREENHALGH ULYSSÉA, from Brazil
for sending me the picture and the information