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Martin Douglas Packer (#47912178)
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Bio Photo I am still looking for Jacques RAVERAT (Vence, France, d. 1925) and William Rees - Thomas (Surrey, England, d. 1978): any help will be very much appreciated! They were husbands of Charles Darwin's grandchildren: Gwen Raverat and Ruth Rees - Thomas, the daughters of Sirs George and Horace Darwin, respectively.

a) CAMBRIDGE AMERICAN WAR CEMETERY : I now manage some 600 American WWII memorials. I have added both countries and the US states of birth, some were born well outside the U.S. of A. mainland and also most importantly, their ranks. It has been a privilege to do this: I do now need dates of birth and place names, as well as (in some cases) their dates and places of death, so do help me please asap! I look forward to hearing from you if you can make any useful contributions to them, especially their late parental links, and war records.

b) THE FAMILY OF CHARLES & EMMA DARWIN : we now have images of the 13 graves of all 21 members of CHARLES & EMMA DARWIN's immediate family: Charles & Emma themselves, 10 children: with 8 wives and 1 husband; 19 in England & 1 in Wales and 1 in France.

Cambridge, England = 7*
Cannes, France = 1
Corris, Wales = 1
Downe, England = 5 +
Forest Row, England = 2
Great Malvern, England = 1
London, England = 2 **
North Stoneham, England = 2

* Cambridge = Ascension Parish Burial Ground : 4, Girton : 1, and Trumpington Extension: 2; also Frances Cornford, nee Darwin (Ascension), Gwen Raverat, nee Darwin (Trumpington Extension), and babies: 'Leonard Darwin'/Harriet Keynes (Trumpington Extension).

** London = Putney Vale: 1, Westminster Abbey: 1

+ Downe = plus his brother (Erasmus Alvey), a grandchild (Bernard) and his wife Elinor.

c) The funeral of Charles Darwin at Westminster Abbey on 26th April 1882, included a "Packer": Mr. Robert PACKER who was from Derbyshire!

The family & friends who attended CHARLES DARWIN's funeral, Westminster Abbey, London: 26th April 1882.[These names listed exactly as they are and in in the same order as the report in "The Times" on 27th April 1882.]

* Find-A-Grave memorial

"Oxford Dictionary of National Biography" articles for + are available.

*Mr. William Erasmus Darwin, (chief mourner)+
*Mr. George Darwin, F.R.S.,+
* Mrs. William Darwin,
Miss Darwin, (?)
* Mrs. Litchfield,
* Mr Francis Darwin,+
* Mr. Leonard Darwin,+
* Mr. R. B. Litchfield,
* Mr. Horace Darwin,+
* Mr. Leonard Darwin, R.E.,
Mr. Darwin of Elston-hall, (?)
Mr. F. Alvey Darwin,
Captain Charles Darwin,
Mr. Reginald Darwin, of Buxton,
*Mrs. Vaughan Williams,
Miss Wedgwood, (?)
the Rev. Charles Parker,
Mr. Robert PACKER
Mr. H. F. Bristowe, Q.C.,
*Mr. Francis Galton, F.R.S.,+
Mr. Ernest Wedgwood,
*Mr. Hensleigh Wedgwood,
*Mr. T. H. Farrer, Secretary of the Board of Trade,
*Mrs. Farrer,
Mr. Godfrey Wedgwood,
Miss A. Wedgwood,
*Mrs. Ruck, [mother of Amy Ruck, Francis Darwin's late first wife]
the Rev. Arthur Wedgwood,
Mr. J. C. Hawkshaw,
Mrs. Hawkshaw,
Mr. George Allen,
Mr. Henry Allen, M.P.;
Mr. William Jackson, servant
* Mr. Joseph Parslow." (the Down House Butler)

Note: "Mrs. Vaughan Williams" was the mother of Ralph Vaughan Williams and Charles Darwin's niece twice over; "Miss Wedgwood" was possibly ; "Henry Allen" was probably Henry George Allen, a first cousin of Emma Darwin (her mother was Henry Allen's father's sister). "Miss A. Wedgwood" was probably Amy Wedgwood, sister of Godfrey and daughter of Francis. "Mrs. Ruck" was the mother of Francis Darwin's first wife. "Mrs. Hawkshaw" is Cecily Mary Wedgwood, a daughter of Francis Wedgwood (her husband's sister married Godfrey Wedgwood, her brother). "T.H. Farrer" was the father-in-law to Horace Darwin and was married (second marriage) to Katherine Euphemia Wedgwood (Mrs. Farrer), a daughter of Hensleigh Wedgwood; "H. F. Bristowe" is Henry Fox Bristowe who seems to have been a distant cousin. "Charles Parker" is a nephew (son of Charles' sister, Marianne).

d) The ten pallbearers at Darwin's funeral were:

* 8th Duke of Devonshire, George Campbell
* 7th Duke of Argyll, William Cavendish
* 15th Earl of Derby, Edward Stanley +
* Mr. J. Russell Lowell,
* Mr. W. Spottiswoode,
* Sir Joseph Hooker,
* Mr. A. R. Wallace,
* Professor Thomas Huxley,
* Sir John Lubbock,
* Rev. Canon Frederick Farrar +.

+ Cambridge Apostle; * FaG memorial.

The service was conducted by Canon George Prothero* (1818-1894); the other eight Westminster Abbey staff present were:

Minor Canon Rev. John Henry Cheadle*, 1851 - 1908
Minor Canon Rev. John Troutbeck*, 1832-1899
Canon Thomas James Rowsell*, 1816-1894
Canon Alfred Barry*, 1826-1910 [Worcester]
Canon Robinson Duckworth* 1834-1911
Rev. Samuel Flood Jones* (Precentor) 1826-1895
Mr. Charles St. Clare Bedford*, the Chapter Clerk, 1810-1900
Frederick Bridge*, organist 1844-1924

Prothero was also Sub-Dean of Westminster (hence he conducted services, like Darwin's funeral, when the Dean was absent).

* FaG memorial

e) Parish of Ascension Burial Ground, Cambridge :

Bio.: I am the 'admin' for the facebook group: "Ascension Parish Burial Ground: A Cambridge Necropolis" with 80 members at 11.6.2016; new membership requests are most welcome!

'Ascension' is an ecumenical burial ground, containing not just Anglicans and Non-conformist burials, but those of Catholics, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus, Bahais, agnostics and atheists."

Plot 1 [East yard]: was "St. Giles's Cemetery": 154 memorials*;

Plot 2 [Boundary plots] : was "St. Giles's Cemetery": 230 memorials*;

Plot 3 [North west] : was known as "St. Peter's plot": 112 memorials*;

Plot 4 [South west] : was "St. Giles's Cemetery": 295 memorials*;

Plot 5 [South west yard]: was "St. Giles's Cemetery": 274 memorials*;

Plot 6 [North east yard] : was "St. Giles's Cemetery": 500 memorials*;

*THERE ARE TOTALS OF ABOUT 1500 MEMORIALS FOR THE WHOLE CEMETERY, AND 4148 KNOWN BURIALS. [*Data by the late Dr. Lucy Slater, December 1994]
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Pvt Fred C. Tracey
memorial #111126251

please remove duplicate picture, regards Max
Added by Max on Aug 26, 2016 11:40 AM
Check out 163270606. A copy of a letter written by Armando to his mother, just 3 days before he was killed. Very poignant. Ken
Added by KEN DOTY BROWN on Aug 25, 2016 9:35 AM
One last thing.
Are you involved in this project anymore ?
Added by KEN DOTY BROWN on Aug 25, 2016 9:09 AM
Hello again
Please look at memorials 163258453 and 101228020.
They are duplicates and one is a cenotaph. I am honoring the wishes of the originator of the original memorial, a cousin of the deceased.
Have a good day.
Added by KEN DOTY BROWN on Aug 25, 2016 9:02 AM
Hello Martin
I got the marker for Pvt Norton photographed and put on the memorial. The cemetery was kind enough to take the photo for me. He also cleaned up around the marker.
Have a good day.
Added by KEN DOTY BROWN on Aug 25, 2016 8:31 AM
I commend all your efforts. Honoring those who served their country, some making the ultimate sacrifice. Ken
Added by KEN DOTY BROWN on May 24, 2016 11:47 AM
Francis W.
With thanks
What a superb piece of work. Many thanks for it. incidentally, the Packer in question is probably related to the Gisborne family of Derbyshire and Staffordshire: Temperance Packer and Thomas Gisborne were the parents of John Gisborne (1717-1779) several times mayor of Derby. They all seem to have done rather well in the Midlands.
Added by Francis W. on Feb 15, 2016 11:30 AM
I appreciate all you've done. If truly that is you wearing formal attire in that photo, then you do look like a gentlemen of respect and honor. Cheers!
Added by ScottishPiper on Mar 20, 2015 6:49 PM

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