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.
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
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
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
Brierley, Roger b. June 2, 1935 d. October 23, 2005 Actor. He was born in Stockport (Cheshire, England). He developed his career on stage, television and screen during more than forty years. His film roles included a terrorist who puts a bomb in the Eiffel Tower in Superman II (1980), the detective's father in The Young Sherlock Holmes (1985), Davidson in A Fish Called Wanda (1988) and the returning officer in Ali G: the Movie (2002), in which he revealed the character's full name, Alistair Leslie Graham, for the first time. His most recent work...[Read More] Cause of death: Heart attack Kensal Green Cemetery, Kensal Green, Greater London, England
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
Burn, William b. December 20, 1789 d. February 15, 1870 Architect. Burn was born in Edinburgh. He was the son of another famous architect, Robert Burn. He worked in London and Edinburgh during his career. Burn was a pioneer of the Scottish Baronial style, perfected by his pupil David Bryce (1803-76). He designed many Scottish churches, public buildings and country houses, including Blairquhan Castle, South Ayrshire (1821), the New Abbey Church in Dunfermline (1821) and George Watson's Hospital in Edinburgh (1828). (Bio by: MC) Kensal Green Cemetery, Kensal Green, Greater London, England
Calderon, Philip b. May 3, 1833 d. April 30, 1898 Artist. He began studying engineering, but became more interested in the drawing side of the profession, consequently deciding to become a painter. His first painting appeared at the academy in 1853, but he had little success until his painting, "Broken Vows" (1857), painted in the spirit of the Pre-Rapaelites was well received with the critics and public alike. This is one of the most celebrated Victorian pictures, which was engraved and reproduced by the thousand for over twenty years. He was...[Read More] (Bio by: s.canning) Kensal Green Cemetery, Kensal Green, Greater London, England
Cassell, John b. January 23, 1817 d. April 2, 1865 Businessman. The son of a Manchester publican, he was apprenticed to a joiner. Self-educated, he moved to London in 1836 where he became involved in the Temperance Movement. In 1847 he established himself as a tea and coffee merchant and soon afterwards started a publishing buisness with the aim of providing good literature to the working classes. The firm, which in 1859 became Messrs Cassell, Petter, Galpin and Company, issued the "Popular Educator" (1852 to 1855), the "Technical Educator" (...[Read More] (Bio by: s.canning) Kensal Green Cemetery, Kensal Green, Greater London, England
Churchill, Marigold Frances b. November 15, 1918 d. August 23, 1921 Born Marigold Frances Churchill, the fourth child of Clementine Hozier and Sir Winston Churchill, only four days after the Armistace ending WWI. At age two she contracted what was reported as a cold. The illness progressed quietly, however, worsening until an apparent resultant blood infection attacked her immune system. She succumbed to illness some seven weeks before her third birthday. (Bio by: Iola) Kensal Green Cemetery, Kensal Green, Greater London, England
Dilke, Charles Wentworth b. 1789 d. 1864 British Writer, Editor. Known for his liberal views and his writings directed toward these ideals. He also wrote political pamphlets including one for the repeal of the Corn Laws. In 1829 he became part proprietor and editor of Athenaeum magazine, the influence of which he greatly extended. In 1846 he resigned the editorship, and assumed that of the Daily News after the resigning of its founder, Charles Dickens. He left The Daily News in 1849 and for the rest of his life he concentrated on...[Read More] (Bio by: Lucy Caldarelli) Kensal Green Cemetery, Kensal Green, Greater London, England
Douglas, Percy Sholto b. October 13, 1868 d. August 1, 1920 10th Marquess of Queensberry. Born the son of John Sholto Douglas, 9th Marquess of Queensbury, the man who lent his name to the Marquess of Queensbury set of rules that formed the basis of modern boxing, and Sybil Montgomery. He married Anna Maria Walters in September 1893 and with her had three children. Although a second son, his elder brother, Francis, predeceased him, and he inherited his fathers titles in 1900. His wife died in 1917, and he married Mary Louise Bickel a year later. He died...[Read More] (Bio by: Iola) Kensal Green Cemetery, Kensal Green, Greater London, England