Byrne, Thomas b. December, 1866 d. March 15, 1944 Sudanese River War Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Dublin, Ireland, he served during the River War in the Sudan as a Private in the 21st Lancers. On September 2, 1898, he turned back in the middle of a cavalry charge to go to the assistance of a Lieutenant in the Royal Horse Guards, who had been dismounted, disarmed, and attacked by several Dervishes. Although Private Byrne was wounded, he attacked the Dervishes and received a second wound, but enabled the Lieutenant to make his escape. He is...[Read More] (Bio by: Iain MacFarlaine) Canterbury City Cemetery, Canterbury, Kent, England Plot: MJ 22
Cameron, Verney Lovett b. July 1, 1844 d. March 24, 1894 Explorer. Beginning his career in the Royal Navy in 1857, he took part in the Abyssinian campaign of 1868 and also in the repression of the slave trade. In 1873 his knowledge of Africa led to the Royal Geographical Society selecting him to lead an expedition in support of Dr David Livingstone. When Livingstone died in 1874 he led the expedition to Lake Tanganyika to recover his papers. He mapped the Southern part of the Lake, and discovered the Lukaga River. He the travelled to the Lualaba...[Read More] (Bio by: js) St Peter and St Paul Churchyard, Shoreham, Kent, England Plot: Churchyard.
Campbell-Geddes, Aukland b. June 21, 1879 d. June 8, 1954 British Statesman, Diplomat. His military career began during the Second Boer War, but he took a number of academic posts before the outbreak of World War I when he served first as a Major and later as Brevet Lieutenant Colonel and Honorary Brigadier on the staff of the General Headquarters in France. He was Director of Recruiting at the War Office from 1916 until 1917, when he entered politics as Unionist Member of Parliament for Basingstoke, Hampshire. He joined the Privy Council in 1917 and...[Read More] (Bio by: js) St Mary the Virgin Churchyard, Rolvenden, Kent, England Plot: Memorial on churchyard wall.
Charnley, Dave 'The Dartford Destroyer' b. October 10, 1935 d. March 3, 2012 Professional Boxer. A respected lightweight over a decade-long career, he once lost a controversial decision in a fight for the World Championship. Born to Scottish parents, he was raised in both Craigneuk and Dartford and worked as a boilermaker prior to devoting himself to boxing. Charnley capped a successful amateur career by taking a Bronze Medal at the 1954 Commonwealth Games then turned professional later that same year. He steadily improved his skills and in 1957 outpointed Joe Lucy for...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Medway Crematorium, Chatham, Kent, England
Churchill, Charles b. February, 1731 d. November 4, 1764 Poet, Satirist. He was educated at Westminster School, London, before entering Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1749. He was then made curate of South Cadbury, Somerset, before succeeding his father as curate of Rainham, Essex, in 1756. In 1758 he was elected to the curacy and lectureship of St. John's, Westminster, and also took a teaching position at a girl's school. It was at this time that he began a life of drunkeness with his friend Robert Lloyd, and only escaped imprisonment for dept with...[Read More] (Bio by: js) Charlton Cemetery, Dover, Kent, England
Civil, Alan b. June 13, 1929 d. March 19, 1989 Musician, Composer. He began playing the horn at a young age and joined an army band while still a teenager. He went on to study the instrument under Aubrey Brain and Willy von Stemm before joining the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra as second horn. He later became its principal horn and went on to spend twenty-two years as principal horn of the British Broadcasting Corporation Symphony Orchestra. In his early career he composed a symphony for brass and percussion, a wind quintet and wind octet...[Read More] (Bio by: js) St Martin Churchyard, Brasted, Kent, England Plot: Churchyard.
Claggett, Thomas John [cenotaph] b. October 2, 1743 d. August 3, 1816 He was the first Bishop of Maryland and the first Bishop to be consecrated in the USA. He was also Chaplain to the United States Senate. He was a direct descendant of George Clagett, three times mayor of Canterbury. Canterbury Cathedral, Canterbury, Kent, England Plot: The Cloisters
Clark, Kenneth McKenzie b. July 13, 1903 d. May 21, 1983 British art historian and museum director. He studied the history of art in Oxford. There he met his wife with whom he had three children. At the age of 31 he became a director of the National Gallery – the youngest person ever to hold this post. His goal was to promote art and for this reason he produced a series on the history of Western civilisation through art for BBC television, called Civilisation. The programme was popular on both sides of Atlantic and brought him international fame and...[Read More] (Bio by: julia&keld) St Peter and St Paul Churchyard, Saltwood, Kent, England
Clarke, Col. George Sydenham b. July 4, 1848 d. February 7, 1933 Politician and Statesman. He studied at The Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, and enlisted in the Royal Engineers in 1868. He took a teaching post at the Royal Indian Engineering College, before serving in Egypt from 1882. Following his important report on the fortifications at Alexandria, he was appointed to the War Office in 1883. From 1885 he served in the Sudan, being promoted to major soon afterwards. He was made a fellow of the Royal Society in 1896, and became a colonel in 1898. He was...[Read More] (Bio by: js) Lamberhurst Churchyard, Lamberhurst, Kent, England Plot: Churchyard
Conrad, Joseph b. December 3, 1857 d. August 3, 1924 Author. Born Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski in Berdyczów, now in the Ukraine, he changed his name to Joseph Conrad in 1886 when he became a British citizen, and gained his Master Mariner's Certificate. He retired from the sea in 1894, after various adventures including gun-running and duelling, which served him well as material for his writing. In 1889 he visited the Congo Free State; this partially inspired his most acclaimed work, "Heart of Darkness" (1899). Although English was not his...[Read More] (Bio by: Sheilia W.) Canterbury City Cemetery, Canterbury, Kent, England
Cooper, Thomas Sidney b. September 26, 1803 d. February 7, 1902 English artist. His early life was marred by poverty. He was educated at the Royal Academy schools, where he was encouraged by Sir Thomas Lawrence. In 1827 he moved to Brussels where he taught art. At this time he met the animal painter Verboeckhoven, who strongly influenced his work. In 1831 Cooper returned to London, and he first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1833, and his last picture was exhibited in 1902, the year of his death. In the 1840s Cooper worked often with C. R. Lee, who...[Read More] (Bio by: julia&keld) St Martin Churchyard, Canterbury, Kent, England Plot: chain-surrounded slab at the corner of the paths, 32m north of the church
Copping, Harold b. 1863 d. 1932 Artist, Illustrator. He trained at the Royal Academy, London, before studying in Paris on a Landseer Scholarship. He became a successful book illustrator, working on "Pilgrim's Progress" (1903), "Grace Abounding" (1905) and "Little Women" (1912). He is best known for his work on biblical subjects. He visited Palestine to research his illustrations for the "The Copping Bible" (1910), which became a best-seller. The success of this book led to commissions for "A journalist in the Holy Land" (...[Read More] (Bio by: js) St Peter and St Paul Churchyard, Shoreham, Kent, England Plot: Churchyard
Dawson, Alfred b. August 30, 1843 d. April 26, 1931 Landscape Painter and Etcher. He studied art under his father, a marine and landscape painter, before establishing himself as a successful etcher and landscape painter in Chertsey, Surrey. He exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy, London, between 1860 and 1889, showing works including "A Page from Gray's Elegy" and "Leaving the Plough". He also showed at the Suffolk Street Gallery, London, and the Royal Institute of Oil Painters. In addition to his career as a landscape painter he produced...[Read More] (Bio by: js) Stone Cemetery, Stone, Kent, England
de Coligny, Odet b. July 10, 1517 d. February 14, 1571 Cardinal, french nobility. Son of marshal Gaspard de Coligny and Louise de Montmorency, and younger brother of admiral Gaspard de Coligny. He was sixteen years old when he was promoted to the cardinalate in 1533. He participated in the conclave of the following year and that of 1549/1550. He protected Ronsard and Rabelais, the latter even dedicated his "Quart Livre" to him. In 1560 he was named grand inquisitor of France, but the parliament of Paris impeded him in his work. In April 1561 he...[Read More] (Bio by: Lutetia) Canterbury Cathedral, Canterbury, Kent, England Plot: Trinity chapel