Naturalist and social reformer, was born at Deptford where he became a junior clerk in the Victoria victualling yard. In 1837 he married Maria Kilner and moved to Maryland Point, near Stratford in East London. His career in the Admiralty progressed until he was made the first superintendent of the Admiralty's new purchase and contract department in 1869, being knighted or his services the following year. He retired around the same time, and devoted himself to charitable and scientific causes, campaigning for education, sanitation and the preservation of Epping Forest, and publishing 'The Church's Works and its Hindrances, with Suggestions for Church Reform.' He also joined the Ray, Paleaeontological, Microscopical, Palaeontographical, Meteorological, and Geological societies, and developed a particular interest in the geology of the Roding valley, collecting mammalian remains that had been deposited in the brickearth, and published his findings in 'Catalogue of Pleistocene Mammalia from Ilford, Essex'. He died suddenly of angina at the age of seventy, and his collection passed to the natural History Museum in South Kensington.
St John the Evangelist Churchyard
Greater London, England
Plot: family vault in churchyard
Created by: Mark McManus
Record added: Aug 30, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 29417061
Alan D Clark
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