Enoch Powell

Enoch Powell

Birth
Stechford, Metropolitan Borough of Birmingham, West Midlands, England
Death 8 Feb 1998 (aged 85)
Westminster, City of Westminster, Greater London, England
Burial Warwick, Warwick District, Warwickshire, England
Memorial ID 8616174 · View Source
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Influential British Tory politican and poet. Born John Enoch Powell in the English city of Birmingham, Powell studied classics at Cambridge University and became Professor of Greek at Sydney University in Australia in 1937 at the age of just 25. He returned to England at the beginning of World War II and enlisted in the Royal Warwickshire regiment, quickly rising through the ranks from private to brigadier. On leaving the army, at the end of the war, he worked as a political researcher for the Conservative Party, before being elected as the member of Parliament for Wolverhampton South-West in 1950. His strong stance against what he considered to be disastrously lax immigration policies and the problems they could cause Britain in the future led to his sacking from the shadow cabinet, following his infamous "Rivers of Blood" speech in Birmingham in April 1968. He was also firmly against Britain joining the European Common Market. He is buried alongside other Warwickshire Regiment veterans at Warwick Cemetery.

Bio by: Kieran Smith


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  • Find A Grave Memorial 8616174
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Enoch Powell (16 Jun 1912–8 Feb 1998), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8616174, citing Warwick Cemetery, Warwick, Warwick District, Warwickshire, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .