Jenkins, Elizabeth b. October 31, 1905 d. September 6, 2010 Author. She penned roughly a dozen well received biographies and a like number of novels, the latter often dealing with complex familial relationships. Raised in a moderately well-to-do family, she attended The Modern School and St. Christopher's, both in Letchworth, before entering Newnham College, Cambridge, where she studied English and history. The success of "Virginia Water", her 1928 first novel, led to the offer of a book contract which she fulfilled while teaching at King Alfred's...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) West London Crematorium, Kensal Green, Greater London, England
Kemble, Fanny b. November 27, 1809 d. January 15, 1893 Actress. Best known for her stage roles in "Romeo and Juliet" and "The Hunchback." She came from a London theatrical family, and took to the stage without any training to save her family from financial ruin. On a tour of the US she met and married one of her chief admirers – Pierce Butler, whose grandfather had signed the Constitution. They settled in Georgia where he had inherited a large plantation. She was appalled by the conditions under which the slaves lived and worked, and kept a...[Read More] (Bio by: Donna) Cause of death: Unknown Kensal Green Cemetery, Kensal Green, Greater London, England
Lindley, Robert b. March 4, 1776 d. June 13, 1855 Musician. Considered by many as one of the greatest cellists of his time. Born in Rotherham, England, he was named principal cellist of London's Royal Opera in 1794 and performed as a virtuoso soloist in many important concerts throughout England until 1851. Lindley was a frequent performer before the Prince Regent and was one of the first Professors appointed at the Royal Academy of Music, in 1822. He also composed several pieces for the instrument. (Bio by: David Lindley) Kensal Green Cemetery, Kensal Green, Greater London, England Plot: 12531/59/RS
O'Connor, Feargus b. July 18, 1794 d. August 30, 1855 Leader of the Chartist movement, the first organised working class political party in Britain. He organized three great petitions to Parliament, the second claiming over 3 million signatures. MP for Nottingham 1847. Declared insane in 1852. 50,000 people followed his funeral procession - the last Chartist demonstration. Kensal Green Cemetery, Kensal Green, Greater London, England Plot: Grave No.12687. Square 27. Row 3.
Smith, John Manners b. August 30, 1864 d. January 6, 1920 Hunza Campaign Victoria Cross Medal Recipient. He served as a Lieutenant with the Indian Staff Corps, 5th Gurkha Regiment. On December 20, 1891, Lieutenant John Manners Smith was in command of a small storming party of 50 rifles to attack a strong position occupied by the enemy near Nilt, India. For nearly four hours he steadily moved his men from point to point and was the first man to reach the enemy's sangars capturing the position with his men. For conspicuous bravery, he was awarded the...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Kensal Green Cemetery, Kensal Green, Greater London, England
Stuart, John McDouall b. September 7, 1815 d. June 5, 1866 Explorer. Born in Dysart, Fifeshire, Scotland, he was one of the most important people associated with South Australian exploration. He attended the Scottish Naval and Military Academy, graduated as a civil engineer and arrived in South Australia as a surveyor in January 1839. During the 1850s, he began several expeditions surveying, prospecting and exploring the country's many potentials. Stuart's greatest achievement was being the first man to cross the continent south-north and back in 1861...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Kensal Green Cemetery, Kensal Green, Greater London, England Plot: 19834/9-15/PS Pathside, polished square block on path comer.
Took (Porter), Steve (Stephen Ross) Peregrin b. July 28, 1949 d. October 27, 1980 Musician. Born Stephen Ross Porter, he was an original founding member of T-Rex with Marc Bolan. Steve was still 17 when he answered an advertisement in the paper and T-Rex was born. Although Steve worked with the Pink Fairies and other notables such as members of Hawkwind, it was not until after his death that some of his original work was released, his finest song being "Amanda." A wonderful song writer with a sense of 'faded elegance,' Steve died just over three years after Marc Bolan in...[Read More] Cause of death: Choked to death on a cocktail cherry Kensal Green Cemetery, Kensal Green, Greater London, England
Whiteley, William b. September 29, 1831 d. January 24, 1907 Businessman. Founder of Whiteleys department store at Queensway, London. His father was a prosperous corn dealer, the family therefore enjoying a healthy open-air life. His parents apprenticed him to Harnew & Glover, a drapers firm in Wakefield. In 1851, he travelled to London to experience the great exhibition. The exhibition fired his imagination, particularly the magnificent displays of manufactured goods. On completion of his apprenticship he travelled to London with £10 pounds in his...[Read More] (Bio by: s.canning) Kensal Green Cemetery, Kensal Green, Greater London, England