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
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
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
Harding, Gilbert b. June 5, 1907 d. November 16, 1960 Television Personality. A well known British television personality and quizmaster, notorious as "the rudest man in Britain", he was born in Hereford, where his parents ran the workhouse. He was educated at Wolverhampton School and at Queens' College, Cambridge, where he read History. After graduation, he trained to be an Anglican vicar, but abandoned this and, largely under the influence of G.K. Chesterton, converted to Roman Catholicism. He then took various jobs, as a teacher in England...[Read More] (Bio by: Iain MacFarlaine) St Mary Roman Catholic Cemetery, Kensal Green, Greater London, England
Howse, Sir Neville Reginald b. October 26, 1863 d. September 19, 1930 Australian Army Major General, Second Boer War Victoria Cross Recipient, Politician. As a lieutenant in the New South Wales Medical Corps, he was awarded the VC for actions at Vredefort, South Africa on July 24, 1900. Under heavy crossfire, during which his horse was shot from under him, he carried a wounded soldier from the field to shelter. He was the first member of the Australian forces to receive the honor. Born at Stogursey, Somerset, England, he studied medicine at London Hospital...[Read More] (Bio by: Anthony Staunton) Kensal Green Cemetery, Kensal Green, Greater London, England
Jakobs, Josef b. June 30, 1898 d. August 15, 1941 World War II German Spy. On January 31, 1941, Corporal Jakobs parachuted into Ramsey in Huntingdonshire, England. He was not only spotted landing, but had also broken his ankle so he was easily apprehended. He was court marshalled for treachery and as a result was put to death by firing squad. Jakobs was the last person executed in the Tower of London. His body was buried in an unmarked grave at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Cemetery. (Bio by: Rickie Hufford) St Mary Roman Catholic Cemetery, Kensal Green, Greater London, England