Donald Campbell came to Coniston in the wake of his father, the great speed ace of the 1920’s and 1930’s, Sir Malcolm Campbell, holder of both land and water speed records. From August 1939, when Sir Malcolm broke his own water speed record with a new one of 141.74 mph, a variety of Bluebirds sped across Coniston Water in ever faster pursuit - and capture - of the World Water Speed Record, until, on 4th January 1967, tragedy struck. Donald Campbell perished whilst breaking the 300 mph barrier,and thus joined that select band of folk heroes which includes Scott of the Antarctic, Edmund Hillary, and Neil Armstrong, who set out to achieve the seemingly impossible knowing they may die in the attempt. Following the recovery of his body from the lake in 2001 he was buried in the Coniston churchyard. This memorial stands at the centre of the village with another plaque in the name of Leo Villa, his chief mechanic, remembered as well.