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Martin Douglas Packer (#47912178)
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Bio Photo 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.

Latest additions: the five remaining MIA crew of the B17: "Yellow Cab" # 42-32081 =

2nd Lt. Robert E. McGuire, Co Pilot
2nd Lt. Edwin G. Breaw, Navigator
1st Lt. Ross M. McCollum, Bombardier
S/Sgt. John J. Roberts, Radio Operator
Sgt. John P. Dewberry, Ball Turret Gunner

In addition to those four already listed:

1st Lt. Junior M. Adams, Pilot
Sgt. Millard A. Bell, Top Turret Gunner
Sgt. Lawrence A. Ornato, Tail Gunner
Sgt. John C. Collins, Waist Gunner

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; ** London = Putney Vale, SW15: 1, Westminster Abbey, SW1: 1

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.

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)

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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Sheila Mobley
RE: Benjamin Barnes
Thank you for sharing the fascinating story of 1Lt Benjamin Butler Barnes with me. Had it not been for you, I would never have known of Benjamin's sacrifice and heroism. Thank you for your thoughtfulness.

Added by Sheila Mobley on Oct 08, 2016 8:02 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.
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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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