Ackerman, Rudolph b. April 20, 1764 d. March 30, 1834 Inventor, Publisher. In 1817 he established a print-shop in the Strand, London, England and organized a lithographic press, which produced copper lithographs. He later included the production of colors and thick carton paper for miniatures and landscape painters. He applied his press to the illustration of his "Repository of Arts, Literary and Fashion", published monthly with contributions from many eminent artists of the day. He introduced fashion to the popular literary annals of the day...[Read More] (Bio by: s.canning) Kensal Green Cemetery, Kensal Green, Greater London, England Plot: 12907/112/3: the monument is to the West of the main path.
Aikman, Frederick Robertson b. February 6, 1828 d. October 5, 1889 Indian Mutiny Victoria Cross Recipient. He was serving in the British Army as a Lieutenant in the 4th Bengal Native Infantry regiment during the Indian Rebellion of 1857. He was awarded the VC for his bravery on March 1, 1858. His citation reads "near Amethi, India, Lieutenant Aikman, commanding an advanced picket with 100 of his men, was informed of the proximity of a body of 500 rebel infantry and 200 horse and guns. The lieutenant attacked and utterly routed this large enemy force, cutting...[Read More] Kensal Green Cemetery, Kensal Green, Greater London, England
Ainley, Henry b. August 21, 1879 d. October 31, 1945 Actor. A successful theater performer, he acted in hundreds of productions, and played major parts in many William Shakespeare plays, beginning with "Henry V" in 1900 and ending with "As You Like it" in 1936. He was the father of actor Richard Ainley. (Bio by: MC) Kensal Green Cemetery, Kensal Green, Greater London, England
Ainsworth, Harrison b. February 4, 1805 d. January 3, 1882 Author. Born on King Street, Manchester, he was educated at the Manchester Grammar School and, at the age of sixteen, was articled to a solicitor. In 1824 his father died, and he went to London to study at the Inner Temple. In 1826 he married daughter of a publisher who was also the Manager of the Opera House. At his father-in-law's suggestion, Ainsworth went into business as a publisher, but abandoned this career after about eighteen months. Instead, he devoted himself to writing a series of...[Read More] (Bio by: Iain MacFarlaine) Kensal Green Cemetery, Kensal Green, Greater London, England Plot: 3443
Alma-Tadema, Laura Theresa b. April 17, 1852 d. August 25, 1909 Painter. The second wife of noted Dutch-born artist Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, she had a significant career in her own right. Raised in London, Laura met the somewhat older Alma-Tadema in late 1869 at the home of artist Ford Madox Brown. Lawrence, who had just lost his wife, was apparently taken with her, though he may have also been looking for a step mother for his small daughters; relocating to England (which was the primary market for his work anyway), he sought out Laura and offered her...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Kensal Green Cemetery, Kensal Green, Greater London, England Plot: Ledger with a Peterhead Granite headstone. The monument is located to the west of the small path.
Austin, Sir. Horatio Thomas b. March, 1801 d. November 16, 1865 British Royal Navy Officer, Arctic Explorer. He was the son of an official at Chatham Dockyard and entered the Royal Navy in 1813. He joined the crew of HMS Ramillies a year later and took part in the attacks on Washington, Baltimore and New Orleans during the Anglo-American War. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 1822 and in 1824 joined William Edward Parry's third Northwest Passage expedition as Commander of HMS Fury, but the expedition was forced to return home aboard the other ship, HMS Hecla...[Read More] (Bio by: js) Kensal Green Cemetery, Kensal Green, Greater London, England
Babbage, Charles b. December 28, 1791 d. October 18, 1871 Scientist. Prominent Mathematician, inventor, code-breaker and engineer whose inventions and work on mechanical calculating machines led to computers. He developed a mathematical wheel that was the forerunner of the calculator. His birthdate is disputed and may be December 26, 1792. Kensal Green Cemetery, Kensal Green, Greater London, England Plot: Square 84, Grave 23003, east side of path
Balfe, Michael b. May 15, 1808 d. October 20, 1870 Composer and Singer. His fame rests on his opera "The Bohemian Girl" (1843), a colorful melodrama about a band of gypsies who kidnap a nobleman's daughter and raise her as their own. Its soprano aria "I Dreamt I Dwelled in Marble Halls" is a standard recital piece. Balfe was born in Dublin, the son of a dancing master. He was taught the violin as a child and his first job was in the orchestra of London's Drury Lane Theatre. Possessing a fine baritone voice, he made his operatic debut in 1823...[Read More] (Bio by: Robert Edwards) Kensal Green Cemetery, Kensal Green, Greater London, England Plot: Square 74, Row 2, Grave 22407
Ballard, James Graham b. November 15, 1930 d. April 19, 2009 Author. He is best known for his novels "Crash" (1973) and "Empire of the Sun" (1984), both of which became motion picture adaptations. He was born James Graham Ballard in Shanghai, China into an English family. As a child he endured life while in an internment camp under Japanese occupation. These events were to become the basis for his bestseller "Empire of the Sun". His family would return to England in 1946, and he later attended King's College in Cambridge where he studied medicine. His...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Kensal Green Cemetery, Kensal Green, Greater London, England
Barry, James b. 1795 d. July 26, 1865 British Army Surgeon, Folk Figure. Served in the British Army for 40 years, and upon death was discovered to be a woman. It was reported in the "Manchester Guardian" on August 21, 1865, that James Barry had entered the British Army in 1813, and had passed through the ranks of Assistant Surgeon and Surgeon in various regiments, and had served all over the world. He was considered a skillful physician, with "firmness, decision and rapidity in difficult operations." About 1840, he was promoted...[Read More] (Bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson) Kensal Green Cemetery, Kensal Green, Greater London, England
Birkbeck, George b. January 10, 1776 d. December 1, 1841 Philanthropist, Educationalist. Born in Settle, Yorkshire, he became a became professor of natural philosophy at the Anderson's College, Glasgow, in 1799. There he pioneered the first free classes for working-class men in mechanics and chemistry. In 1804, he became a physician in London and continued his interest in working class education. He founded the Mechanics' Institutions in 1824, became the school's first president and the institute became Birkbeck College, a constituent the London...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Kensal Green Cemetery, Kensal Green, Greater London, England
Bjornson, Maria b. February 16, 1949 d. December 13, 2002 Theatrical designer. She studied at London's Central School of Art after receiving encouragement from the artist Cecil Collins. From 1971 until 1972 she worked for the Glasgow Citizen's Theatre, designing ten productions for the company, as well as working on "The Rake's Progress" and "Katya Kabanova" for the Scottish Opera and the Wexford Festival. She became extremely prolific, and in 1974 alone produced designs for operas by Wagner, Holst, Puccini and Prokofiev, as well as two Shakespeare...[Read More] (Bio by: js) Kensal Green Cemetery, Kensal Green, Greater London, England
Blondin (Gravelet), Charles (Jean Francois) b. February 28, 1824 d. February 22, 1897 Aerialist. Born Jean-François Gravelet in St. Omer, Pas de Calais in Northern France, the son of a gymnast. He attended the Ecole de Gymanse in Lyons, and debuted his act as The Little Wonder at age six. Orphaned by the age of ten, he began performing professionally to support himself. In 1851 he was joined the Ravel Troupe at Niblo's Garden when he adopted the stage name of Charles Blondin. It was while the troupe toured America in 1858 that he first saw and became obsessed with the idea of...[Read More] (Bio by: Iola) Kensal Green Cemetery, Kensal Green, Greater London, England Plot: Grave No.13198. Square 140. Row 1.
Boisragon, Guy Hudleston b. November 5, 1864 d. July 14, 1931 Victoria Cross Medal Recipient. He was twenty-seven years of age and serving as a lieutenant in the 5th Gurka Rifles of the Indian Army during the Hunza-Naga Campaign in the Gilgit area which is now a part of northern area of Pakistan. The British troops were just beginning to consolidate territory in the tribal areas of this region. The Russians began to provide the tribes with arms and ammunition and stirring up trouble against the British. Lieutenant Boisragon led an attack on Nilt Fort...[Read More] (Bio by: Tom Todd) Kensal Green Cemetery, Kensal Green, Greater London, England
Braham, John b. 1774 d. February 17, 1856 Opera Singer, Producer. Real name Abraham Braham. England's most famous operatic tenor of his time, he popularized the song "The Death of Nelson". He married into the aristocracy and accumulated a vast fortune, which he then lost in theatrical speculation. Braham was instrumental in building The Colisuem in Regents Park (1831) and the St James's Theatre in 1835. (Bio by: s.canning) Kensal Green Cemetery, Kensal Green, Greater London, England Plot: Fallen headstone, now in fragments, next to the William Maud's memorial. The monument is located to the north of North Avenue.
Bridgetower, George Augustus Polgreen b. February 29, 1780 d. February 20, 1860 Virtuoso Violinist. He was the son of a West Indian servant of the Hungarian Prince Esterhazy (Joseph Haydn's patron) and of a Polish domestic servant. He displayed considerable talent in his childhood; performing successful concerts in England in 1789. In 1791 the British Prince Regent (later George IV) took an interest in him, paying his father £25 to become his patron and oversaw his continuing musical education. He also arranged for concerts for him at Covent Garden and the haymarket and...[Read More] (Bio by: s.canning) Kensal Green Cemetery, Kensal Green, Greater London, England
Brunel, Isambard Kingdom b. April 9, 1806 d. September 13, 1859 Engineer, son of Sir Marc Isambard Brunel (q.v.). Began his career as a designer and builder of bridges, subsequently becoming chief engineer of the Great Western Railway, for which he constructed a series of innovative bridges, tunnels and viaducts. His three masterpieces are however his steamships; the 'Great Western' (1838) the first steamship on regular Atlantic service, which made the crossing in 15 days; the 'Great Britain', the first propellor screw vessel; and the 'Great Eastern' (1858)...[Read More] Kensal Green Cemetery, Kensal Green, Greater London, England Plot: Square 41, Row 1, Grave 8590
Brunel, Sir Marc Isambard b. April 25, 1769 d. December 17, 1849 Inventor, engineer and architect, father of Isambard Kingdom Brunel (q.v.). Emigrated from France to America 1793 becoming Chief Architect of New York. Arrived in England 1799 and developed machinery for the cotton industry, printing and shipbuilding. The latter greatly improved the efficiency of the British naval dockyards. His greatest project was the construction of the first tunnel under the Thames, still used by the underground railway, which took 18 years in construction (1825-1843)...[Read More] (Bio by: David Conway) Cause of death: Paralysis Kensal Green Cemetery, Kensal Green, Greater London, England Plot: Square 41, Row 1, Grave 8590