Price, Dame. Margaret b. April 13, 1941 d. January 28, 2011 Opera Singer. She shall probably be remembered as an exponent of Mozart's soprano roles. Raised in Blackwood, Monmouthshire, by a music loving family, she intended to become a teacher but at 15 was guided to London's Trinity College of Music. Trained as a mezzo soprano, she joined the Ambrosian Singers upon graduation then in 1962 made her operatic bow with the Welsh National Opera as Cherubino in Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro". That same year she joined Covent Garden, London, initially...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Parc Gwyn Crematorium, Narberth, Pembrokeshire, Wales
Rees, Ivor b. October 18, 1893 d. March 11, 1967 World War I Victoria Cross Medal Recipient. He served as a Company Sergeant Major in the 11th Battalion, South Wales Borderers. At Pilckem, Belgium, July 31, 1917, a German machine gun began inflicting many casualties when it opened fire on Sergeant Rees' platoon. Sergeant Rees worked his way about 20 yards round the right flank to the rear of the gun position. He then rushed forward towards it, shooting one of the crew and bayoneting the other. He then rushed a second position, bombed a large...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Swansea Crematorium, Swansea, Swansea, Wales
Roberts, Ivor b. July 19, 1925 d. September 5, 1999 Actor. He was born in Nottingham, England and died in Cardiff, Wales. Film and television credits include "Shakespeare: The Animated Tales," "You Rang, M'Lord?," "Personal Services," "Hitler's S.S.: Portrait in Evil," "Another Country," "Agatha Christie's Murder Is Easy" "Hopscotch," "Rogue Male," "Madame Bovary," "Edward the King," "Coronation Street," "The Piglet Files," "Boon," "Casualty," "Inspector Morse," "Rumpole of the Bailey," "Bergerac," "The Bill," "The Lenny Henry Show," "Yes...[Read More] (Bio by: Genet) Wales Crematorium, Cardiff, Cardiff, Wales
Rolls, Charles Stewart b. August 27, 1877 d. July 12, 1910 British Automotive Pioneer, Industrialist. Known as the co-founder of Rolls-Royce Limited. Born into an aristocratic family, he graduated in Engineering at Cambridge, beginning very young to devote himself to engines design. The meeting with Henry Royce, which occurred in 1904 at the Automobile Club of London, was decisive for the creation of the prestigious english Automotive. Rolls is also known for being a founding member of the Royal Aero Club and British Aviation pioneer. His exploits...[Read More] (Bio by: Lucy Caldarelli) Llangattock-Vibon-Avel Church Cemetery, Monmouth, Monmouthshire, Wales
Smiga, Cecilia b. March 19, 1975 d. April 14, 2013 Opera Singer. A soprano, she sang in major venues throughout the United Kingdom and Europe. Raised in Wrexham, Wales, she manifested her talent early and after local study was trained in Belgium and in Zurich, Switzerland. Following her 1998 graduation from the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, she was a finalist in the International Singing Competition at Dresden, Germany, then had a distinguished career, her credits including Fiordigili from Mozart's "Cosi fan tutte" with the Royal...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Pentrebychan Crematorium, Wrexham, Wrexham, Wales
Talog, Myfanwy b. March 31, 1945 d. March 11, 1995 Welsh Actress. She was born in Caerwys, Clwyd, Wales. She was the longtime partner of actor, Sir David Jason, until her death. Film and television credits include "August," "Waiting for God," "May to December," "Within These Walls," "Ryan and Ronnie," and "Crossroads." (Bio by: Genet) Cause of death: Cancer Wales Crematorium, Cardiff, Cardiff, Wales Plot: Ashes with partner, Sir David Jason O.B.E.
Tudor, Edmund b. 1431 d. November 1, 1456 English Aristocracy. He was the 1st Earl of Richmond and father of King Henry VII of England. He was the older son of Owen Tudor and Catherine of Valois who was the former wife of King Henry V of England. It is not known for sure if he was born at Much Hadham Palace in Hertfordshire or at Hadham in Bedfordshire. King Henry VI recognized him as Earl of Richmond in November 1452. He married Lady Margaret Beaufort of the powerful Beaufort family in November of 1455 when she was only twelve years...[Read More] (Bio by: Cemetery Cop) Saint David's Cathedral, Saint David's, Pembrokeshire, Wales
Vaughan, Henry b. April 17, 1622 d. April 28, 1695 Poet. Born into a middle-class Welsh family, Vaughan is one of the best known of the British Metaphysical poets. The major poetry of Vaughan, all religious in nature, was published in 1650 and 1655 in the two parts of "Silex Scintillans" ("Sparkling Flint"). Some of the best poems in it are "The Morning Watch," "The Retreat," "Childhood," "The Dawning," and "Peace." (Bio by: MC) Llansantffraed Churchyard, Powys, Wales
Vickery, Samuel b. February 6, 1873 d. June 20, 1952 Tirah Campaign British Victoria Cross Medal Recipient. He served as a Private in the 1st Battalion, Dorsetshire Regiment. On October 20, 1897, during an attack at on the Dargai Heights, India, Private Vickery ran down the slope under heavy fire, rescued a wounded comrade and brought him back to safe cover. He subsequently distinguished himself in the Waran Valley, India, on November 16, 1897, killing three of the enemy who attacked him when he was separated from his company. For gallantry in...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Glyntaff Crematorium, Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Wales
Ward, Charles Burley b. July 10, 1877 d. December 30, 1921 Boar War British Victoria Cross Medal Recipient. In the 2nd Boar War, he served as a Private in the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. On June 26, 1900, suddenly his unit was surrounded by 500 Boars at Lindley South Africa. With the majority of his group being killed or wounded, Private Ward volunteered to go for reinforcements. Through a storm of enemy rifle fire, he managed to cross 150 yards of open field to reach a signal post. Having delivered the message, he returned to his commanding...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) St Marys Churchyard, Whitchurch, Cardiff, Wales
Weale, Henry b. October 2, 1897 d. January 13, 1959 World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Shotton, Flintshire, North Wales, he served as a Corporal in the 14th Battalion, Royal Welch Fusiliers, British Army. On August 26, 1918, during an advance at Bazentin-le-Grand, France, Corporal Weale's battalion was held up by German machine gun positions. Ordered to deal with hostile posts, he rushed the nearest post alone and killed the crew. He then went for the others firing at the crews of which fled on his approached. He cleared the way for...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Rhyl Cemetery, Rhyl, Denbighshire, Wales
Wilde, Jimmy b. May 15, 1892 d. March 10, 1969 Boxer. World Flyweight champion. Born William James Wilde he worked in the coal mines as a boy and started boxing at the age of sixteen in fairground booths where crowds were amazed by his toughness and ability to knock down much bigger opponents. Indeed throughout his career his opponents were usually larger and heavier than him. He officially started boxing professionally in 1911 although had been fighting full time for some years before that. He went undefeated in 103 fights including...[Read More] (Bio by: mynwent) Merthyr Dyfan Burial Grounds, Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales Plot: Section O-N N991
Williams (Fielding), John b. May 24, 1857 d. November 25, 1932 Zulu Wars Victoria Cross Medal Recipient. Born John Fielding, he served as a Private in the 24th Regiment, South Wales Borderers. On January 22 and 23, 1879, at Rorke's Drift, Natal, Africa, Private Williams with two other men were in a distant room of the hospital when the Zulus attacked. For more than an hour they held till they had no ammunition left, when the Zulus burst in and killed one of the men and two patients. Private Williams succeeded in knocking a hole in the partition and took...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Saint Michael's Churchyard, Llantarnam, Torfaen, Wales
Williams, John Henry b. September 29, 1886 d. March 7, 1953 World War I Victoria Cross Medal Recipient. He was the most decorated Welsh non-commissioned officer of all time. During the First World War, he served as a Sergeant in the 10th South Wales Borderers. On October 8, 1918, during the attack on Villers Outreaux, France, his company was suffering heavy casualties from a German machine gun. Under heavy fire, to the flank the enemy post, he rushed forward single handed and capturing fifteen of the enemy. These prisoners, realizing that Williams was...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Ebbw Vale Cemetery, Ebbw Vale, Blaenau Gwent, Wales
Williams, William b. October 5, 1890 d. October 22, 1965 World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Anglesey, Wales, he served as a Seaman in the British Royal Navy. During the war, the German Navy was attempting to blockade Great Britain, using the submarine U-boat fleet to cut off food and vital supplies. Seaman Williams served on the H.M.S. Pargust which was an armed ship disguised as merchant ships known as a Q-Ship. On June 7, 1917, the H.M.S. Pargust was out in the Atlantic Ocean when her engine room was damaged by a torpedo fired from U-...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Amlwch Cemetery, Amlwch, Isle of Anglesey, Wales
Winstone, Howard b. April 15, 1939 d. September 30, 2000 Boxer. World Featherweight Champion. He started boxing at the age of eleven, and in 1954 joined the gym opened by the former European welterweight champion, Eddie Thomas. He won three Welsh schools titles, and one British. After leaving school he worked at a toy factory where, in 1956, tragedy struck when his right hand was crushed by a power press. The resultant injuries left him with without the tips of three of his fingers and inevitably reduced punching power. This initially appeared to be...[Read More] (Bio by: mynwent) Cefn Coed Y Cymmer, Cefn-coed-y-cymmer, Merthyr Tydfil, Wales Plot: Left of cemetery extension; near to entrance.