Abbott, Sir. James b. March 12, 1807 d. October 6, 1896 British Military Figure. His actions led to the outbreak of the 2nd Anglo-Sikh War. He trained at the military college of the East India Company at Addiscombe, and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Bengal artillery in 1823. In 1830 he took part in Sir John Keane's invasion of Afghanistan, and in 1842 was made assistant to the British Resident at Indore. In 1846 he became commissioner for settlement of the Punjab boundaries, before becoming Resident's assistant at Hazara in 1848...[Read More] (Bio by: js) Guildford Cemetery, Guildford, Surrey, England
Addison, William Robert Fountains b. September 16, 1883 d. January 7, 1962 World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Kent, England, he served as a Chaplain in the British Army. In actions at Sanna-i-Yat, Mesopotamia, on April 9, 1916, under heavy rifle and machine gun fire, Chaplain Addison carried a wounded man to the cover of a trench. He also assisted several others to the same cover, after binding up their wounds, plus encouraged the stretcher-bearers to go forward under heavy fire and collect the wounded. For prestigious gallantry, he was awarded the Victoria...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Brookwood Cemetery, Brookwood, Surrey, England
Air Forces Memorial Monument. Located at Englefield, near Green Surrey, England, the Air Force Memorial was officially unveiled by Queen Elizabeth II on October 17, 1953. Designed by Sir Edward Maufe with sculpture Vernon Hill, the memorial is dedicated to the 20,456 men and women from the British Empire who were lost in operations during World War II. All of the personal recorded, none have no known grave anywhere in the world and many were lost without trace. The name of each of airmen and airwomen, is engraved...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Runnymede Memorial, Englefield Green, Surrey, England GPS coordinates: 51.4378815, -0.5647900 (hddd.dddd)
Al-Badr, Muhammad b. February 15, 1926 d. August 6, 1996 Yemen Monarch. He was the last King of Yemen, coming to the throne upon the death of his father in 1962. On September 26 of that year, his commander of the Royal Guard staged a coup d'etat and declared the nation a Republic. The King escaped to the north of the country and rallied supporters, resulting in the Yemen Civil War which lasted until 1970. After the war the deposed Al-Badir lived out the remainder of his life in exile in London, England. (Bio by: Erik Lander) Brookwood Cemetery, Brookwood, Surrey, England
Allingham, Helen b. September 26, 1848 d. September 26, 1926 Artist. A noted watercolourist of the late 19th Century, she is primarily remembered for her images of the Surrey countryside. Born Helen Mary Elizabeth Paterson, she was raised initally in Altrincham, Cheshire, then following her father's 1862 death during a diphtheria epidemic, the victims of which he was helping to treat, in Birmingham. Her talent having been noted from early childhood she received her first instruction from her grandmother and an aunt, both of whom were noted painters...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Woking Crematorium, Woking, Surrey, England
Arnold, Matthew b. December 24, 1822 d. April 15, 1888 Poet. Author of the well-known poems "Dover Beach", "Sohrab and Rustum" and "The Scholar Gipsy". He also was a critic and essayist. Died of heart disease. Buried with his son at All Saint's Church, Laleham, England. (Bio by: David Conway) Cause of death: Heart disease All Saints Churchyard, Laleham, Surrey, England
Atfield, May d. November 10, 1979 Social Reformer. With close friend Margaret Harrison, she co-founded the famous Sanctuary Kennel for Irish Wolfhounds. Rather surprisingly, she is buried not with Margaret, but with the other Harrison sisters. (Bio by: Steve Brown) St Peter Churchyard, Limpsfield, Surrey, England Plot: Beatrice, May, and Monica Harrison.
Aylmer, Felix [cremation location] b. February 21, 1889 d. August 2, 1979 Actor. English stage actor who also appeared in the cinema and on television. Born in Corsham, Wiltshire, He was educated at King James's Grammar School, Almondbury near Huddersfield, where he was a boarder from 1897 to 1900, Magdalen College School, and Exeter College, Oxford, where he was a member of Oxford University Dramatic Society. He trained under the Victorian-era actress and director Rosina Filippi before securing his first professional engagement at the London Coliseum in 1911. He...[Read More] Woking Crematorium, Woking, Surrey, England
Babtie, William b. May 7, 1859 d. September 11, 1920 Boer War Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Dumbarton, Scotland, he was a surgeon serving as a Major in the Royal Army Medical Corps, British Army. In actions at Colenso, South Africa, on December 15, 1899, Major Babtie tended to the wounded men of the 14th and 16th Batteries of the Royal Field Artillery. Under heavy fire he rode out to where the wounded lay and attended them. Even when his horse was shot from underneath him, he continued to assist the wounded and also carried a wounded officer...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Stoke Cemetery, Guildford, Surrey, England
Badley, John Haden [cremation location] b. February 21, 1865 d. March 6, 1967 Author, Educator. Born in Dudley, Worcestershire, England son of Dr. James Payton Badley and Laura Elizabeth Best his wife. He was the grandson of John Badley, F.R.C.S one of the original 300 fellows of the Royal College of Surgery. Early in life he saw the poverty and squalor of many working class in the Midlands. When fifteen he entered the Upper School at Rugby. These early experiences were very influential in shaping his ideas of what education should not be. While a student at Cambridge...[Read More] (Bio by: D C McJonathan-Swarm) Woking Crematorium, Woking, Surrey, England
Balfour, Betty b. March 27, 1903 d. November 4, 1977 Actress. One of England's most popular silent screen idols of the 1920s. Nicknamed "The British Mary Pickford", she typically mixed comedy and pathos in her roles. Her films include "Nothing Else Matters" (1920), "Squibs"(1921), "Mord Em'ly" (1922), "Wee MacGregor's Sweetheart" (1922), "Squibs Wins The Calcutta Sweep" (1922), "Squibs M.P." (1923), "Squibs' Honeymoon" (1923), "Revelle" (1924), "Love, Life and Laughter" (1925), and "Champagne" (1928), which was directed by Alfred Hitchcock...[Read More] (Bio by: katzizkidz) Weybridge Cemetery, Weybridge, Surrey, England
Barry, John Wolfe b. December 7, 1836 d. January 22, 1918 Civil Engineer. One of the most foremost British civil engineers in the 19th Century, his works include Earl's Court station and the extension of the Metropolitan District Railway to Ealing and Fulham (1877 to 1880), the Lewes & East Grinsead Railway (1878 to 1883), the completion of the Inner Circle line (1882 to 1885), Blackfriars railway bridge and station (1884 to 1887, with H. M. Brunel), Tower Bridge (1886 to 1894, with Sir Horace Jones), the Surrey Commercial Docks extension (1895 to...[Read More] (Bio by: Connie Nisinger) Brookwood Cemetery, Brookwood, Surrey, England Plot: Plot 4
Beecham, Sir. Thomas b. April 29, 1879 d. March 8, 1961 Composer and opera impresario. Thomas Beecham was born in St. Helens, Lancashire, England, into a noted family that owed its fortune to the production of pharmaceutical products. Although educated at Oxford, musically, Beecham was largely self-taught. His first public appearance came in nearby Manchester in 1899, when he replaced conductor Hans Richter, who was taken ill just before a concert with the famed HallZ Orchestra. During his career, Beecham founded three orchestras : The...[Read More] (Bio by: Steve Brown) St Peter Churchyard, Limpsfield, Surrey, England Plot: Almost behind Delius' grave, in the front row facing the High Street (between Mar and Joyce).
Benn, Ernest b. June 25, 1875 d. January 17, 1954 Author. He served as a civil servant in the Ministry of Munitions and Reconstruction during World War I when he became convinced of the benefits of state intervention in economics. His views altered in the 1920s when he became a follower of classical liberalism. He was the author of more than twenty books and many pamphlets about his political ideas, including "The Return to Laisser Faire" (1929), "Debt" (1938) and "The State, the Enemy" (1953). His best known work, "The Confessions of a...[Read More] (Bio by: js) St Peter Churchyard, Tandridge, Surrey, England Plot: Cremated, memorial plaque in garden of rest.
Bennett, Richard Bedford b. July 3, 1870 d. June 26, 1947 11th Prime Minister of Canada (1930-1935) Conservative-Alberta. New Brunswick-born lawyer, was first prime minister elected representing the west. Served in the House of Commons (1911-1937). Minister of Justice (1920-21), Minister of Mines (1926). Leader of the Conservative Party (1927-1937). Became prime minister just as the Great Depression was setting in. Virtually every measure he tried failed. Dissillusioned, he left Canada and never returned. Retired in England, he was created Viscount...[Read More] Cause of death: Heart failure St Michael Churchyard, Mickleham, Surrey, England
Berryman, John b. July 18, 1825 d. June 27, 1896 Crimean War Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Dudley, Worcestershire, he served as a Troop Sergeant Major in the 17th Lancers, Duke of Cambridge's Own, British Army. On October 25, 1854, at Balaclava, Crimea, known as "The Charge of the Light Brigade" Sergeant Major Berryman's horse had been killed under him, stopped on the field amidst a storm of shot and shell. Rising to his feet, he helped two other sergeants move a severely wounded officer out of range of the enemy's guns. For gallantry in...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) St Agatha Churchyard, Woldingham, Surrey, England
Bestall, Alfred Edmeades b. December 14, 1892 d. January 15, 1985 Artist. He was the Illustrator of the "Rupert Bear" stories in the Daily Express for 30 years. Invited to take over the "Rupert Bear" strip in 1935 when its originator, Mary Tourtel, had to retire due to failing eyesight, he developed and wrote over 270 Rupert adventures, and remained the regular artist and author until his official retirement in 1965. He introduced new characters, the Rupert Bear annuals, and ensured that Rupert and his friends always behaved correctly. He continued to...[Read More] (Bio by: Connie Nisinger) Brookwood Cemetery, Brookwood, Surrey, England Plot: Plot 100