, Saint. Hedda d. 870 (circa) Roman Catholic Saint. He served as the Benedictine abbot of Peterborough, England. About AD 870, an invading force of Danes swept through coastal England. The community of Benedictines at Peterborough, said to have numbered 84, was wiped out by the raiders. Hedda was declared martyr and canonized by the Roman Catholic Church. In the late Middle Ages the grave of Hedda and his companions was covered with the so called "Hedda stone." Holes were cut in it to place candles for saying Mass...[Read More] (Bio by: Iola) Glastonbury Abbey, Glastonbury, Somerset, England
Arthur, King Briton King. Reigning in the mideval times, he was considered to be part of the inspiration of the legend of "King Arthur" as first put down by Sir Thomas Mallory's work "Le Morte d'Artur". The tomb was discovered by monks in 1191 during the reign of Henry II. The bones were moved into a tomb where they stayed until 1278, when they were placed in a more elaborate tomb near the altar of the church in the presence of Edward I and Queen Eleanor. The bones and the famous lead cross disappeared in...[Read More] Glastonbury Abbey*, Glastonbury, Somerset, England *This location is unconfirmed or in dispute.
Batten-Pooll, Arthur Hugh Henry b. October 25, 1891 d. January 21, 1971 World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Knightsbridge, London England, he served as a Lieutenant in the 3rd battalion and 2nd Battalion, Royal Munster Fusiliers, British Army. On June 25, 1916, near Colonne, France, Lieutenant Batten-Pooll was in command of a raiding party. When entering the enemy's lines he was severely wounded by a bomb which broke and mutilated all the fingers of his right hand. In spite of this, he continued to direct operations with unflinching courage. Half an hour...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) St Lawrence Churchyard, Woolverton, Somerset, England
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, 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, 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, Somerset, England
Bonham Carter, Helen Violet b. April 15, 1887 d. February 19, 1969 British politician, baroness. She was the only daughter among five children of Liberal Prime Minister H. H. Asquith by his first wife, Helen. Unlike her brothers she had no formal school education but was educated by governesses, later spending time in both Dresden and Paris perfecting her languages. In 1915 Violet married her father's principal private secretary Maurice Bonham Carter and they had four children. Even with...[Read More] (Bio by: julia&keld) St Andrew Churchyard, Mells, 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, Somerset, England Plot: churchyard, grave
Bythesea, John b. June 15, 1827 d. May 18, 1906 British Victoria Cross War Medal Recipient. Bythesea served as a Rear Admiral in the Royal Navy. He was awarded his medal for service at Crimea on August 9, 1854. (Bio by: K) Bath Abbey Cemetery, Widcombe, 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.
Chard, John Rouse Merriott b. December 21, 1847 d. November 1, 1897 British Victorian Cross Medal Recipient, British Army Officer. Commander at Rorke's Drift. Born in Plymouth, Devon, England. In 1879, he was a Lieutenant in the Corps of Royal Engineers. He was in Natal building a bridge when he was placed in command of the British defenses at Rorke's Drift. On the morning of January 22, 1879, a Zulu Army annihilated a large British force at Isandlwana. Later in the afternoon, a smaller Zulu force, which did not participate in the earlier slaughter, attacked...[Read More] St John the Baptist Churchyard, Hatch Beauchamp, Somerset, England
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, Somerset, England Plot: Next to his wife, (Frances Burney).
Dando, Jill b. November 9, 1961 d. April 26, 1999 Television Personality. Popular British television host who was brutally murdered on the front porch of her home in an upscale West London suburb. She is best remembered for her work in hosting "Crimewatch, UK", the BBC show along the lines of "America's Most Wanted." Ironically, at the end of most programs, she would remind her audience that most people in Britain never experience a crime. After graduation from Worle Comprehensive School and the Broadoak Sixth Form Centre, she worked as a...[Read More] (Bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson) Cause of death: Murdered Ebdon Road Cemetery, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, England
Daniel, Samuel b. 1562 d. October 14, 1619 Poet, Playwright, Historian. A significant literary figure of England's Renaissance period. His famous sonnet sequence "Delia" (1592) had an influence on the sonnets of William Shakespeare. His other works include the narrative poem "The Complaint of Rosamund" (1592); "The Civil Wars" (1595 to 1609), a verse history of the War of the Roses; the prose "History of England" (1612 to 1617), covering his country from antiquity to the reign of Edward III; and two tragedies in the manner of Seneca, "...[Read More] (Bio by: Robert Edwards) St George Churchyard, Beckington, Somerset, England Plot: Churchyard, unmarked; memorial inside church
Day, George Fiott b. June 20, 1820 d. December 18, 1876 Crimean War Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Hampshire, England, he served as a Lieutenant in the Royal Navy. On September 17, 1855, at the Genitichi, Sea of Azov, Crimea, Lieutenant Day of HMS Recruit was put ashore to reconnoiter enemy positions gun on the Arabat Spit. He went alone and after covering four or five miles of swampy grounds, he got to within 200 yards of the enemy position. He found that the gun boats appeared to be under-manned and lightly defended. He returned to his ship...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Weston-Super-Mare Cemetery, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, England
Dix, William Chatterdon b. June 14, 1837 d. September 9, 1898 Author. A noted writer of English hymns and carols. Born in Bristol in the family of a surgeon, who wrote a biography of poet Thomas Chatterton, and gave his son his middle name in his honor. Young William attended the Bristol Grammar School for a commercial career. After school he became the manager of a marine insurance company in Glasgow, a vocation which he followed to the end of his life. When he got ill, he turned to writing a poetry of worship. He wrote more than 40 hymns over the course...[Read More] (Bio by: julia&keld) St Andrew Churchyard, Cheddar, Somerset, England