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Martin Douglas Packer (#47912178)
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Bio Photo WILLIAM DARWIN FOX, his 2# wife and some children (out of 17) added at Sandown, Isle of Wight!

THE CAMBRIDGE AMERICAN WAR CEMETERY: I am now managing some 600 ex-'CWGC/ABMC' memorials; please be patient as I attempt 'remedial' work on most of them.[I have added countries and US states of birth, some were born well outside the US of A mainland and most importantly, ranks]. It has been a privilege to do this: I now need dates of birth and place names, as well as (in some cases) dates and places of death, so do HELP me please ASAP! Thanks to everyone who has contributed vital personal data so far. See below in Messages for Claude Jerome Robinson.

* 20 Pre-Raphaelites are currently under active investigation for addition to the master list: I am looking for the locations of graves or cremations for these 20:William Bell Scott, d. 1890; John Brett, d. 1902; William Shakespeare Burton, d. 1916; James Collinson, d. 1881; Elizabeth Cornforth (aka ‘Sarah Cox’) d. 1906; Frank Cowper, d. 1958; William Davis, d. 1873; Walter Deverell, d. 1854; Charles Halle, d. 1914; John Lee, d. 1900; Edmund Leighton, d. ?; Mary Macomber, d. 1916; James Michael, d. 1868; Charles Mitchell, d. 1903; Charles Murray, d. 1919; Gustave Pope, d. 1910; Anne Thomson, d.1925; Philip Webb, d. 1915; Daniel Williamson, d. 1903; William Windus, d. 1907.

THE FAMILY OF CHARLES & EMMA DARWIN : we now have images of the 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*. (This level of detail on Charles Darwin's family has never, ever, been available before and it is only recorded, mainly by me, Dave Peck, and originally by Peter Drysdale on Find-A-Grave.)


**Parish of Ascension Burial Ground, Cambridge:

There are 3 members of the little-known "Ladies Dining Society", of which there were 12 members, buried here:

* Lady 'Ida' Darwin, nee Farrer;
* Lady Caroline Jebb, nee Reynolds;
* Mrs. Margaret Verrall, nee Merrifield;


"The church of St Giles and St Peter stands at the junction of Castle Street/Castle Hill with Chesterton Road, but the Ascension Parish Burial Ground,[a church cemetery created when the churchyard became closed to further interments], is off the Huntingdon Road near the junction with Storey's Way in the northwest of Cambridge. It includes the graves of many Cambridge academics and non-conformists of the 19th and early 20th century. A small chapel was also built on the grounds. The one and a half acres of the burial ground were established in 1857, the first burial being in 1869. Today some 2,500 people of every religious denomination and none, are buried in 1,500 plots. It is the final resting place of many city and university dignitaries, scientists, 101 Fellows [including three Nobel prize winners] and 24 Knights of the Realm. It is a designated City Wildlife Site and is part of the Storey's Way Conservation area. In 2005 the plant species present were catalogued and the site is now managed so as to encourage wildlife and habitat diversity, as well as to care for the graves themselves. It is a ‘hidden' part of the busy and rapidly expanding city and remains little known even to people who have lived all their lives in Cambridge."

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

Bio.: I am the 'admin' for the new facebook group: "Ascension Parish Burial Ground: A Cambridge Necropolis" with over 80 members, at 1.7.2014
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Wanda Goode
RE: Claude J. Robinson
Claude Jerome Robinson was born 3 Jul 1921 in McLean County, North Dakota and died 9 Mar 1943 at sea near Murmansk, Russia. The ship he was on was the Malantic which was sunk by U-409. His body was never found. He was the son of Claude and Gladys Robinson who are buried in the Garrison Cemetery in Garrison, McLean, North Dakota.

Your memorial is the first we have seen regarding a possible burial (memorial) site for Uncle Claude. We can't tell you how much this is appreciated. We didn't even know he had earned a purple heart. My grandparents never received it.

Thank you again,

Wanda (Robinson) Goode
Added by Wanda Goode on Oct 11, 2014 6:53 PM
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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours!
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