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 Vernon Castle

Vernon Castle

Original Name William Vernon Blythe
Birth
Norwich, City of Norwich, Norfolk, England
Death 15 Feb 1918 (aged 30)
Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas, USA
Burial Bronx, Bronx County, New York, USA
Plot Parkview Plot, Section 137
Memorial ID 181 · View Source
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Dancer. Born in Norwich, Norfolk, England, together with his wife Irene Castle, they became one of the most popular ballroom dance teams of the early 20th Century. They gained worldwide popularity for their graceful style and introducing such dances as the one-step, fox-trot, turkey trot, castle polka, castle walk and hesitation waltz. He enlisted in the British Royal Flying Corps during World War I, and was awarded the Croix de Guerre after 300 combat missions, and after shooting down two enemy planes. He was killed in a plane crash neat Fort Worth, Texas, while assigned to train American pilots. After his death, Irene Castle retired from dancing.


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 1 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 181
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Vernon Castle (2 May 1887–15 Feb 1918), Find A Grave Memorial no. 181, citing Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, Bronx County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .