Bambrick, Valentine b. April 13, 1837 d. April 1, 1864 British Victoria Cross Medal Recipient. He was born in Cawnpore in India, although his parents came from Stepney in East London. On May 6, 1858, during the Indian Mutiny, he was serving as a Private in the 1st Batallion, 60th Regiment (which, later, became the King's Royal Rifle Corps), when he was attacked in a hostel by three Ghazees, or Muslim fanatics. Although he was wounded twice, he managed to cut down one of them, and was one of the first to be awarded the Victoria Cross, which had been...[Read More] (Bio by: Iain MacFarlaine) Cause of death: Suicide by hanging St Pancras Cemetery, East Finchley, London Borough of Barnet, Greater London, England Plot: Buried in an unmarked grave, the location of which is not known.
Brown, Ford Madox b. April 16, 1821 d. October 6, 1893 Artist. Born in France, he was the son of English parents, and studied painting in Antwerp and Bruges, Belgium. Although he was never a member of the group of English poets and artists known as the "Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood", he formed close associations with the members, contributed to their journal, and gave lessons to writer William Michael Rossetti. His best known works are "The Last of England" (1855), which is now found in the Birmingham Art Gallery; "Christ Washing Peter's Feet" (1851)...[Read More] (Bio by: Iain MacFarlaine) St Pancras Cemetery, East Finchley, London Borough of Barnet, Greater London, England
Herz-Sommer, Alice 'Gigi' b. November 26, 1903 d. February 23, 2014 Pianist, Holocaust Figure. Born in Prague, which was then in Austria-Hungary, to Friedrich and Sofie Herz. Her father was a merchant and her mother was highly educated and moved in circles of well-known writers. Alice had a twin sister, Mariana, and two brothers. Her parents ran a cultural salon. Alice's older sister Irma taught her how to play the piano, which she studied diligently, and the pianist Artur Schnabel, a friend of the family, encouraged her to pursue a career as a classical...[Read More] (Bio by: Memorial Flower) St Pancras Cemetery, East Finchley, London Borough of Barnet, Greater London, England
Mond, Ludwig b. March 7, 1839 d. December 11, 1909 Famous chemist, inventing processes for extracting nickel and ammonia. He founded the company of Brunner, Mond which eventually became the international giant, Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI). His son Alfred continued as a director of his father's companies but was more interested in politics, becoming a member of Lloyd George's cabinet. St Pancras Cemetery, East Finchley, London Borough of Barnet, Greater London, England
Ross, John b. 1822 d. October 22, 1879 John Ross was born in the town of Inch, in Wigtownshire, Scotland, although he ended his days in London. During the Crimean War of 1854-56, he served as a Corporal in the Royal Engineers and was one of the first recipients of the Victoria Cross, as well as rising to the rank of Sergeant. This award was in recognition of no fewer than three acts of valour. Firstly, on the night of the 21st. July 1855, the Corporal was in charge of two hundred men, each of whom carried an entrenching tool and a...[Read More] (Bio by: Iain MacFarlaine) St Pancras Cemetery, East Finchley, London Borough of Barnet, Greater London, England
Whittaker, Tom b. July 21, 1896 d. October 24, 1956 Football player and manager. Born at the East Cavalry Barracks in Aldershot, but raised in Newcastle upon Tyne from the age of three weeks, he was trained as a marine engineer. During the First World War, he served in the Royal Garrison Artillery, but transferred to the Royal Navy. After leaving the Service in 1919, he abandoned his engineering career and joined Arsenal Football Club; first as a centre forward, then as a wing half. He made seventy appearances for the club and scored two goals...[Read More] (Bio by: Iain MacFarlaine) St Pancras Cemetery, East Finchley, London Borough of Barnet, Greater London, England Plot: St. Peter's Avenue, on the right hand side (North East)