Beckford, William b. October 1, 1760 d. May 2, 1844 Author. He born in Fonthill, Wiltshire, in the manor house owned by his father who was twice Lord Mayor of London. He inherited a large fortune from his father, William Beckford, consisting of one million in cash, and several sugar plantations in Jamaica. In 1783, after his marraige to Margaret Gordon , he travelled, having been involved in a homosexual scandal, spending the majority of his brief married life in Switzerland, his wife dying at childbirth, in 1786. Having studied under Sir...[Read More] (Bio by: s.canning) Lansdown Cemetery, Lansdown, Bath and North East Somerset Unitary Authority, Somerset, England
Berry, Edward b. 1768 d. February 13, 1831 British Navy Rear Admiral. He was an officer in Britain's Royal Navy, principally known for his capacity in his role as flag captain of rear admiral Horatio Nelson's ship "HMS Vanguard" during the Battle of the Nile (1798), and was knighted the same year. He had a long and distinguished career, also commanding "HMS Agamemnon" at The Battle of Trafalgar (1805). He was the only officer in the Royal Navy at the time, to have had three medals and commanded a line-of-battleship in The Battle of the...[Read More] (Bio by: s.canning) St Swithin Churchyard, Bath, Bath and North East Somerset Unitary Authority, Somerset, England
Bilk, Acker b. January 28, 1929 d. November 2, 2014 Clarinettist and Vocalist. Born Bernard Stanley Bilk, he took the name Acker from the Somerset slang for mate. He lost two front teeth in a school fight and half a finger in a sledding accident, which he claimed affected his playing style. He did his three years national service with the Royal Engineers, where he first was given a clarinet. He became well known for his trademark goatee, bowler hat, striped waistcoat and distinctive clarinet playing. The instrumental "Stranger on the Shore"...[Read More] (Bio by: Daff) All Saints Churchyard, Publow, Bath and North East Somerset Unitary Authority, Somerset, England
Birrel, Peter b. July 19, 1935 d. June 23, 2004 Actor. He appeared in film and television credits that included "Sharpe's Company," "Around the World in 80 Days" "War and Remembrance," "London's Burning," "If Tomorrow Comes," "Arch of Triumph," "Freud," "The Great Riviera Bank Robbery," "Lillie," "Marie Curie," "Alexander the Greatest," "Freelance," "Lord Mountdrago," "I Was a Doctor Who Monster," "Just for You," and "Doctor Who: Thirty Years in the Tardis." He was married to British actress, Stephanie Cole from 1995 until he died of cancer. (Bio by: Genet) Cause of death: Cancer Haycombe Cemetery and Crematorium, Bath, Bath and North East Somerset Unitary Authority, Somerset, England
Burney (D'Arbley), Fanny (Frances) b. June 13, 1752 d. January 6, 1840 Novelist and diarist. "Fanny" Burney later (Madame D'Arblay) was born in King's Lynn, Norfolk, to Esther Sleepe Burney and music historian of some distinction, Dr. Charles Burney. In 1760, the family moved to Poland street in London where a brilliant social circle would frequent, which included David Garrick, Samuel Johnson, James Boswell and Edmund Burke. Her early diaries chronicle evenings spent in this cirle at home. Largely self-educated at home, her first novel "Evelina" was published...[Read More] (Bio by: s.canning) St Swithin Churchyard, Bath, Bath and North East Somerset Unitary Authority, Somerset, England Plot: churchyard, grave
Bythesea, CDR. John b. June 15, 1827 d. May 18, 1906 Crimean War Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Somerset, England, he served as a Lieutenant in the British Royal Navy. On August 9, 1854, the British Fleet lay off the Island of Wardo, in the Baltic Sea and Lieutenant Bythesea was the officer of the watch on HMS Arrogant. Having received information that an Aide-de-Camp of the Emperor of Russia had landed on the Island of Wardo, in charge of mail and dispatches for the Russian General, Lieutenant Bythesea with the assistance of a Stoker obtained...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Bath Abbey Cemetery, Widcombe, Bath and North East Somerset Unitary Authority, Somerset, England Plot: third row on the left (as you walk from the mortuary chapel) just over half way down the central aisle of the first block. It is marked by an 8ft Celtic Cross.
D' Arblay, Alexandre b. 1748 d. 1818 French Army General. A French exile, he fled France for England after the rise of Maximillian Robespierre. He was an artillery officer, who had been adjutant-general to General Marquis de La Fayette. He married the esteemed novelist Frances ("Fanny") Burney, later (Madame D'Arblay) on July 31 1793, at Mickleham, Surrey. They built Camilla Cottage at Bookham, Surrey, on the proceeds from France's third novel and pension from Queen Charlotte, £100 pounds per year, granted from the Queens private...[Read More] (Bio by: s.canning) St Swithin Churchyard, Bath, Bath and North East Somerset Unitary Authority, Somerset, England Plot: Next to his wife, (Frances Burney).
Hargood, William b. 1762 d. 1839 Admiral William Hargood joined the Navy in 1773.He served as Lieutenant in the Magnificent in Lord Rodney's two actions off Dominica in 1732, Lieutenant in the Hebe frigate with Prince William Henry, later William lV, in 1785 accompanying him as one of his lieutenants in the Pegasus 1786, and as his 1st Lieutenant in the Andromeda in 1788-89. He commanded the Hyaena frigate when she was captured off Cape Tiberon by the French frigate Concorde in 1793 being made prisoner, but later escaped...[Read More] (Bio by: Kieran Smith) Bath Abbey, Bath, Bath and North East Somerset Unitary Authority, Somerset, England Plot: Buried in the Nave
Hoare, William b. 1707 d. December 10, 1792 Artist. Painter noted for his pastels and a leading portraitist in his home city of Bath, until the arrival of Gainsborough in 1759. His work has often been described as serious and dreary. His father apprenticed him to Guiseppi Grisoni with whom he travelled to Rome in 1728. On returning to England in 1738, he settled in Bath, where he became a governor of the hospital. He painted distinguished notables including; Charles Fitzroy, 2nd Duke of Grafton and William Pitt The Elder, Earl of Chatham...[Read More] (Bio by: s.canning) St Swithin Churchyard, Bath, Bath and North East Somerset Unitary Authority, Somerset, England
McKern, Leo [cremation location] b. March 16, 1920 d. July 23, 2002 Actor. Born in Sydney, Australia, he studied acting while serving in the Australian Army during World War II and debuted on the Australian stage in 1944. He went to England in 1946, where he appeared regularity on London's premiere stages and made his big screen debut in "Murder in the Cathedral" (1951). A veteran of nearly 80 films, some of his memorable roles were in "X the Unknown" (1956), "Help" (1965), "Ryan's Daughter" (1970), "The Omen" (1976), "The Blue Lagoon" (1980) and "Molokai: The...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Haycombe Cemetery and Crematorium, Bath, Bath and North East Somerset Unitary Authority, Somerset, England