Amherst, Sir. Jeffrey b. January 29, 1717 d. August 3, 1797 English Army General. He gained prominence during the Seven Years' War, called the French and Indian War in North America. Cosen to lead the assault on the French stronghold of Louisbourg in Canada and promoted to Major General, he captured Cape Breton Island in July 1758, opening the St. Lawrence River to British ships. Named then as Commander-in-Chief of British forces in North America, his forces closed off the French route into New York by siezing their forts at Ticonderoga and Crown Point...[Read More] (Bio by: Bill McKern) St Nicholas Churchyard, Sevenoaks, Kent, England
Anderson, Samuel b. December 15, 1839 d. September 11, 1881 British Army Officer, Scientist, Explorer. Served as a Major in the Royal Engineers, Inspector of submarine defenses, Surveyor to British commission in North America from 1859 to 1862, explorer in Palestine from 1865 to 1866, and as Chief Astronomer to British commission in North America from 1872 to 1874. Rochester Cathedral, Rochester, Kent, England
Arundel, Thomas b. 1353 d. 1414 Archbishop of Canterbury. He was Archbishop of Canterbury in 1397 and again from 1397 to 1399. He vehemently opposed the Lollards which were a political and reglious group who were in favour of the common people. Arundel insisted that the church publications should be in Latin, which meant that the common man could not understand them. The Catholic Church was fearful of the Lollards which lead Arundel to direct a backlash against them. He crowned King Henry IV in 1399. In 2006, he was recently...[Read More] (Bio by: s.canning) Canterbury Cathedral, Canterbury, Kent, England
Ashbee, Charles Robert b. May 17, 1863 d. May 23, 1942 Designer, Entrepreneur. He was part of the English Arts and Crafts movement begun by John Ruskin and William Morris. He was educated at Wallington College and King's College, Cambridge. He then studied under the architect George Frederick Bodley, before founding the Guild and School of Handicraft in 1888. The Guild specialized in metalworking, making jewellery, wrought ironwork and furniture, while the attached school taught crafts. He also undertook complete house design, including furniture...[Read More] (Bio by: js) St Peter and St Paul Churchyard, Seal, Kent, England Plot: Cremated, ashes interred in the churchyard, memorial in the nave.
Astor V., John Jacob b. May 20, 1886 d. July 19, 1971 British Politician. He gave his second son John Astor (he dropped the Jacob to have his name sound more British) Hever Castle and thereby created the Hever branch of the English Astor family. Like his older brother educated at Eton and Oxford, John Astor lived the life of a typical English gentleman, distinguishing himself in World War I and being a member of Parliament for 23 years. Like his father, he acquired a newspaper, the London "Times", Great Britian's most prestigious paper. This made...[Read More] Hever Castle Grounds, Hever, Kent, England
Austen, Rev. Henry Thomas b. June, 1771 d. March 12, 1850 Literary Figure. The brother of author Jane Austen. He studied at Oxford from 1788, where he was editor of "The Loiterer" magazine. He tried several careers without success, including the militia and banking, before becoming a Curate. He was influential in his sister's writing career and supported her decision to publish her work. She stayed at his house while meeting with her publisher in London, and it was during these visits that she observed the society life she later wrote about in her...[Read More] (Bio by: js) Woodbury Park Cemetery, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England
Aveling, Thomas b. 1824 d. March 7, 1882 Engineer. With his partner Richard Thomas Porter, he developed the first practical steam-powered road roller. He began his career as an apprentice farmer, and during his training gained knowledge of new types of farm machinery, such as the portable steam engine and the threshing machine. He then went into business with his father in law, building and repairing agricultural machinery. In 1856 he devised the first steam-powered plough, and was given a prize of three hundred guineas by Kentish...[Read More] (Bio by: js) Hoo St Werburgh Churchyard, Hoo St Werburgh, Kent, England Plot: Churchyard
Bale, John b. November 21, 1495 d. November, 1563 Clergyman, Dramatist, Historian. A zealous advocate of Protestant reform, he vigorously expressed his views in his writings. His drama "King John" (c.1538) is considered the first English historical play, a genre later developed to its zenith by Shakespeare. Bale was born at Cove, near Dunwich in Suffolk, England. He entered the Carmelite Order at age 12 and then studied at Jesus College, Cambridge, where he was initially exposed to Protestantism. In 1536 he left the Carmelites to...[Read More] (Bio by: Robert Edwards) Canterbury Cathedral, Canterbury, Kent, England
Barlow, Sir. Robert b. December 25, 1757 d. May 11, 1843 British Royal Navy Officer. He was born into a middle class family and entered the navy as a teenager. In 1778 he was promoted to lieutenant and served aboard HMS Courageux in the American Revolutionary War. During that conflict he assisted with the capture of the French frigate Minerve and took part in the relief of the Great Siege of Gibraltar. He went on to command the revenue cutter HMS Barracouta from 1786 until 1789, before being transferred to HMS Childers in 1790. In 1793 he received...[Read More] (Bio by: js) St Mary Magdalene Churchyard, Gillingham, Kent, England Plot: Memorial in the nave.
Becket, Thomas [memorial] b. 1118 d. December 29, 1170 Roman Catholic Saint. The Archbishop of Canterbury under King Henry II, he was a powerful and ambitious prelate who supported the authority of the Pope over the dictates of the King. As a result Henry had Becket assassinated on the site his memorial now stands on the December 29, 1170, a sword being driven through the top of his skull. He was canonized two years later. The `A' which his name is frequently listed with is a relatively recent invention and was not part of his original name. Cause of death: executed Canterbury Cathedral, Canterbury, Kent, England Plot: The Martyrdom
Bell, David b. 1845 d. March 7, 1920 Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in County Down, Ireland, he served as a Private in the 2nd Battalion, 24th Regiment of Foot, British Army. On May 7, 1867, at the island of Andaman, in the Bay of Bengal India, Private Bell was one of a party of five who risked their lives in manning a boat and proceeding through dangerous surf to rescue some of their comrades who had been sent to the island to find out the fate of the commander and seven of the crew, who were feared murdered by the cannibalistic...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Woodlands Cemetery, Gillingham, Kent, England
Bell, Jacob b. March 5, 1810 d. June 12, 1859 Pioneering Chemist, Politician and Author. After finishing his studies he worked as a chemist in his father's business in Oxford Street, London. In 1841 he set up the Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, in order to protect the interests of chemists and improve their status. He went on to found the Pharmaceutical Journal, and oversaw it's publication for eighteen years. In 1845 he drew up a bill to prevent unqualified persons practicing as pharmacists, and establish the Pharmaceutical...[Read More] (Bio by: js) Woodbury Park Cemetery, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England
Bligh, Ivo Francis Walter b. March 13, 1859 d. April 10, 1927 Cricketer. He was the 8th Earl of Darnley and captained the English team in the first Ashes Test series. He had a successful cricketing career with first Kent and then Cambridge University from 1877 to 1881, before captaining the English national team for the 1882 and 1883 seasons. The ashes of a burned cricket stump were sent to Australia to symbolize the death of English cricket after the English team lost to Australia at The Oval in 1882, and the following winter he captained the English...[Read More] (Bio by: js) St Mary Magdalene New Churchyard, Cobham, Kent, England Plot: Churchyard.
Borton, Arthur Drummond b. July 1, 1883 d. January 5, 1933 World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Born at Cheveney, Kent, he was educated at Eton and The Royal Military College at Sandhurst. During World War I, he was serving as a Lieutenant Colonel in the 2/22 (County of London) Battalion, The London Regiment, British Army when he performed the deeds for which he was awarded the VC. From his citation: For most conspicuous bravery and leadership. "Under most difficult circumstances in darkness and in unknown country, he deployed his battalion for...[Read More] (Bio by: cookie) St Mary Churchyard, Hunton, Kent, England