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Martin Douglas Packer (#47912178)
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Bio Photo a) 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.

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; plus another 4 'Darwin' grandchildren: Sir Charles Galton Darwin (cremated) and his Lady wife [?], Frances Cornford (Ascension) and her husband (cremated), and Gwen Raverat/Leonard Darwin (Trumpington Extension).

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

+ Downe = plus his brother (Erasmus Alvey), 1 grandchild (Bernard) and his wife Elinor.

b) THE CAMBRIDGE AMERICAN WAR CEMETERY : I manage some 601 ex-'CWGC/ABMC' memorials. I have added countries and US states of birth, some were born well outside the U.S. 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. I welcome any contribution anyone can make to improve the 601 memorials that I currently manage for Find-a-Grave; it has been a pleasure to review all of them and to make some changes. I was surprised that so many lacked requests for images* of their gravestones or memorials. I look forward to hearing from you if you can make any useful contribution to them, eg their 'parental' links/birthplaces. * 14 @ 8.4.15

WWII seven stanza poem: "They Came To Madingley" is available on request to me by e-mail.

c) Parish of Ascension Burial Ground, Cambridge :

'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]: formerly known as "St. Giles's Cemetery": 154 memorials*;

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

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

Plot 4 [South west] : formerly known as "St. Giles's cemetery": 295 memorials*;

Plot 5 [South west yard]: 274 memorials*;

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


[*Data by Dr. Lucy Slater, December 1994]

d) 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)

Note: "Mrs. Vaughan Williams" was the mother of Ralph Vaughan Williams and Charles Darwin's niece twice overl; "Miss Wedgwood" was possibly Frances Julia Wedgwood; "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).

e) 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
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

Bio.: I am the 'admin' for the facebook group: "Ascension Parish Burial Ground: A Cambridge Necropolis" with over 80 members, at 1.3.2015; most membership requests are very welcome!
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Grant Workman
RE: Albert Rorke
Hi Martin:
You may find something usefull on A. Rorke on my web site.
Please feel free to pass it onto anyone you think matbe interested.
Grant Workman. West Kelowna, B.C. Canada
Added by Grant Workman on Apr 19, 2015 10:18 PM
Linda Sibley Zimmerman
William Chadwell
You were right I miss read the data, he is in St, Mary the Great. Having trouble getting the transcripts again the web page is down, as soon an its available again I will send it to you.
Added by Linda Sibley Zimmerman on Apr 17, 2015 7:39 AM
Colette Gressel - Moore
RE: 56289931- Charles W.Garlock
Hi Martin, We figured that, we had no other info as to where he died. If you have it I would welcome it.Blessings,Colette
Added by Colette Gressel - Moore on Apr 15, 2015 2:44 PM
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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