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js (#47073644)
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I am part of a project to research the history, "residents" and eventually to record all inscriptions in Gravesend Cemetery, Kent. I am happy to take photo requests for this cemetery as I am a frequent visitor there. I am always interested to hear from anyone with any information about interesting people buried there, (they certainly don't have to be "famous"!)

I am always willing to transfer ownership of my memorials to relatives.
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David Wend

As a biographer of the emperor Julian II, I read your entry at Find A Grave with some interest. I have some additional information you might want to add. The exact date of his birth is a matter of dispute, but most scholars accept 331 as the date based upon the ancient historian Ammianus Marcellinus. Inscriptional evidence indicates he was born on 6 November (CIL 12 p. 302). Julian is more properly referred to as Julian II. The "Apostate" is a tag given to him by the Catholic church. Julian was killed by a spear thrust into his abdomen. At first, it appeared that he might recover but he died from an infection.

Added by David Wend on Jul 06, 2017 8:06 AM
Adrian Vieler
George Burdon McKean VC, MC, MM
I refer to your memorial no.32331970.
His death certificate shows that he died on 26th November 1926 aged 38. The headstone inscription of death on 16th November 1926 aged 37 is incorrect.
He died in Potter's Bar Cottage Hospital, Herts. after an accident in a nearby sawmill in Cuffley.
An inquest was held on 30th November and he was cremated at Golder's Green Crematorium on 2nd December. His ashes were subsequently buried in a coffin at the Extra- Mural Cemetery, Lewes Road in Brighton on 3rd December 1926 in grave no. XM 41624.
Added by Adrian Vieler on Jun 27, 2017 8:01 AM
Marion Mull
Queen's Road Cemetery, Croydon
Hello, My Great Grandparents Edward Vallance 1862-1940 and Evelyn Isabelle Vallance 1862-1933 were buried at Queens Road Cemetery, Croydon in Plot 713A. I do not know if they had a grave marker but I would be really happy if you could take a photo of whatever you can find.
Thank you in advance, Marion
Added by Marion Mull on Jun 22, 2017 8:27 PM
Pat Leitch
Elisha Smith Robinson 38411780
Elisha Smith Robinson was married first to Elizabeth Frank Ring and second to Louisa Thomas. He was not married to one of the adopted daughters of Sir Charles Wathen. Could you please fix that part of the bio
Thank you Pat Leitch
Added by Pat Leitch on May 31, 2017 4:55 PM
John Dacre
I wonder if you mind transferring this over to me as the family are direct ancestors. If you don't wish to, it's fine. Best wishes.
Added by Kilmarnock on Apr 12, 2017 8:16 AM
Gil Croome
Memorial for Sophia and Russell Scott
This is one of "your" memorials in the Protestant Dissenting Burying ground in Portsmouth. I wondered if you had a transcription of the stone (I am in Canada so doing a transcription would be tricky and expensive for me). Sophia and Russell Scott are my 3rd great-grandparents.

Thank you for your photographs.
Added by Gil Croome on Feb 09, 2017 10:27 AM
Reiner Kraft
Epsom Cemetery, K646
Dear JS,

I’ve been doing some research on my family and have found a photograph of my Greatgrandfather’s grave and memorial in Epsom (K646) both of which I have asked permission to copy and send to my 85 year old Uncle on the Isle of Man.

Would it be possible for me to have permission to copy and print your images of Cemetery's entrance because it is unlikely that my Uncle will visit the mainland this year.

My Greatgrandfather, Frank Shimmin, Sapper, 7305, was in the Royal Engineers and from the Isle of Man where he is also on a memorial on Douglas promenade (under Royal Artillery).

I will certainly be visiting the cemetery myself in the not too distant future.


R. Kraft (Cambridge).
Added by Reiner Kraft on Feb 07, 2017 2:08 PM
ted robbens
38590260 Col Thomas Prendergast Boles Walsh
Col Thomas Prendergast Boles Walsh; 38590260. Minor correction. Wording say "Rifle Brigade, fought with distinction at Waterloo." Waterloo was 1815 and Walsh I think was born in 1831. It was his father Rev J P Walsh of the Old 95th who was at Waterloo and wounded 3 times. I can try and get a bio for Thomas if you wish? His son, Langton Prendergast Walsh, wrote a book called "Under the flag : and Somali coast stories" and there are several references to his dad.

Added by ted robbens on Jan 19, 2017 8:29 AM
Ben Ashcroft
As per my earlier message I gave now sent through the edits for your approval
Added by kaycee on Jan 09, 2017 2:48 AM
Ben Ashcroft
Thanks for the great work you are doing.

I am doing something similar in the North West. I am currently working on a project to research all the soldiers who fell in WW1 who lived in Mossley Lancs. I wondered if it would be ok to use the photo on Ben Ashcrofts grave to illustrate my work?

Once I have completed his story I will send the details through so you can update his Bio. I hope you will find the info interesting
Added by kaycee on Dec 25, 2016 7:07 AM
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