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Walter Landor Dickens
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Birth: Feb. 8, 1841
Death: Dec. 31, 1863

Memorial only. The inscription reads : "Lieutenant Walter Landor, second son of Charles and Catherine Dickens. Born 8th. February 1841, died at Calcutta 31st. December 1863." On the day after the birth of his fourth child, but second son, Charles Dickens wrote : "I mean to call the boy Edgar ; a good honest Saxon name, I think." A few days after that, however, he changed his mind, upon asking Walter Savage Landor (q.v.) to be the godfather. Walter Dickens showed signs of following his father's profession, but his tutor was instructed to press him not to write. "The less he is encouraged to write the better, and the happier, he will be." Instead, through the influence of Angela Burdett-Coutts, he obtained a cadetship in the East India Company and, in 1857, left England, never to return. He reached the rank of Lieutenant in the 26th. Native Infantry Regiment, and had been doing duty with the 26th. Highlanders, when he fell into debt and his health broke down. He was invalided back home but, on the way, died on New Year's Eve at the Officers' Hospital in Calcutta where he is, presumably, buried. The news did not reach Dickens until his own birthday on the 7th. February. Later, Walter's unpaid bills were passed on to his father. The grave in Highgate bears, along with Walter's name, a memorial to his brother Sydney, who died and was buried at sea. His sister, Dora, and his mother, Catherine, are buried therein.  (bio by: Iain MacFarlaine) 

Cause of death: Aortic aneurysm
 
Burial:
Highgate Cemetery (West)
Highgate
London Borough of Camden
Greater London, England
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Iain MacFarlaine
Record added: Oct 23, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6871471
Walter Landor Dickens
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Walter Landor Dickens
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Walter Landor Dickens
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- The Maltese Bippy
 Added: Sep. 13, 2013
what a wonderful father you had and what a great country you died in , INDIA
- john mitch
 Added: Feb. 14, 2012
may God rest his soul in peace
- kamal
 Added: Aug. 14, 2008
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