Adams, Fanny b. April 30, 1859 d. August 24, 1867 Murder Victim. She was a victim of one of the most infamous child murder cases in Great Britain. She and her friend Minnie Warner, both aged eight, along with Fanny's sister Lizzie, aged seven, were out for a walk on August 24, 1867 when, at half past one in the afternoon, they were approached by Frederick Baker, a solicitor's clerk who had, evidently, been drinking. He gave Minnie one and a half pennies to buy some sweets, and offered Fanny half a penny if she would leave with him. She took...[Read More] (Bio by: Iain MacFarlaine) Alton Cemetery, Alton, East Hampshire District, Hampshire, England
Adlam, Tom Edwin b. October 21, 1893 d. May 28, 1975 World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. He served in the British Army during World War I as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 7th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. He was awarded the VC for his bravery at Thiepval and Swaben Redoubt, France, on September 27and 28, 1916. His citation reads "For most conspicuous bravery. A portion of a village which had defied capture had to be taken at all costs, to permit subsequent operations to develop. This minor operation came under very heavy machine-gun and rifle...[Read More] (Bio by: derrick unwin) St Matthew Churchyard, Blackmoor, East Hampshire District, Hampshire, England
Austen, Cassandra Elizabeth b. January 9, 1773 d. March 22, 1845 Literary Figure. Born the first daughter and fifth child of Cassandra Leigh and the Rev. George Austen at Steventon, Hampshire, England. Her only sister, Jane, was born some three years later and the two remained exceptionally close throughout their lives. Between 1785 and 1786 the sisters attended the Reading Ladies Boarding School. In 1791, she produced a series of illustrations to accompany Jane's manuscript, "The History of England." In 1794, she became engaged to Thomas Fowle. He died...[Read More] (Bio by: Iola) St Nicholas Churchyard, Chawton, East Hampshire District, Hampshire, England
Bell, Thomas b. October 11, 1792 d. March 13, 1880 Zoologist, Author. In 1813 he began training as a dental surgeon, but, having inherited an interest in natural history from his mother, he pursued a career in both these fields. He was appointed Professor of Zoology at King's College, London in 1836 and was also lecturer on anatomy at Guy's Hospital. He continued to combine his two careers, being made a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1844 and President of the Linnaean Society in 1858. In 1836 he was given the task of describing the...[Read More] (Bio by: js) St Mary Churchyard, Selborne, East Hampshire District, Hampshire, England Plot: Memorial in the nave.
Denison, Michael b. November 1, 1915 d. July 22, 1998 British Actor. Considered by many to be the epitome of the quintessential English gentleman on screen. A pupil of Harrow, he first accquired the acting bug whilst at Oxford University. He married fellow Actor Dulcie Gray in 1939, a partership which would last for no less than 59 years, until his death in 1998. He made his screen debut that same year with an uncredited role in "Inspector Honleigh on Holiday" (1939). After serving with British Intelligence during World War Two, he began appearing...[Read More] (Bio by: s.canning) St John the Evangelist Churchyard, Langrish, East Hampshire District, Hampshire, England Plot: To left of church entrance.
Dickinson, Jimmy b. April 25, 1925 d. November 8, 1982 Professional Footballer. Born in Alton, he was recommended to Portsmouth Football Club by Eddie Lever, who taught him sport and mathematics. The Second World War, during which he served for three years in the Royal Navy, delayed the start of his career, but he made his debut in 1946 against Blackburn Rovers, wearing the No. 6 shirt. He remained with Portsmouth for the whole of his career and appeared for them in 764 league matches. This record stood until 1980, when John Trollope of Swindon...[Read More] (Bio by: Iain MacFarlaine) Alton Cemetery, Alton, East Hampshire District, Hampshire, England
Fraser, Sir. David b. December 30, 1920 d. July 15, 2012 British Army General. A highly respected Vice Chief-of-Staff, he was later a noted military author. The child of a distinguished Army family he was educated at Eton and at Christ Church, Oxford, joined the Army at the outbreak of World War II, then after brief service in the Home Defence Force was trained at Chaterham and Sandhurst and commissioned into the Grenadier Guards in April of 1941. Fraser was to serve mainly in Western Europe and was to hold the rank of major at the end of the...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Holy Cross Churchyard, Binsted, East Hampshire District, Hampshire, England
Guinness, Sir. Alec b. April 2, 1914 d. August 5, 2000 Actor. He is best remembered for his role of 'Colonel Nicholson' in the motion picture "The Bridge Over the River Kwai" (1957), and for his role of 'Obi-Wan Kenobi' in the first three "Star Wars" films (1977 to 1983). Despite many rumors to the contrary, he never spoke the words "May the Force be with you" in any of the Star Wars movies. Born in London, England, he was raised by his mother, and never knew his father. Wanting to be an actor, he began working in advertising as an ad-copywriter...[Read More] (Bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson) Petersfield Cemetery, Petersfield, East Hampshire District, Hampshire, England
Halliday, Lewis Stratford Tollemache b. May 14, 1870 d. March 9, 1966 Boxer Rebellion Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Hampshire, Engaland, he served as a Captain in the Royal Marine Light Infantry. On June 24, 1900, the enemy, consisting of Boxers and Imperial troops, made a fierce attack on the west wall of the British Legation at Peking, China. Captain Halliday, in command of twenty Marines, led the way and immediately engaged a party of the enemy. Before he could use his revolver, however, he was shot through the left shoulder, at point blank range...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Medstead Cemetery, Medstead, East Hampshire District, Hampshire, England Plot: Halliday Family Plot.
Kean, Charles John b. January 18, 1811 d. January 22, 1868 English actor, second son of the great Shakespearean actor Edmund Kean. Born in Ireland, he received his education at Eton College. Although intended for a different profession, he turned to the stage against his father's wishes. In 1850 he leased the Princess Theatre in New York and had his greatest success in a series of Shakespearean revivals staged there, giving his best performance in the title role of Shakespeare's Hamlet. During 1863-1866 he toured the United States, Australia, and...[Read More] (Bio by: julia&keld) All Saints Churchyard, Catherington, East Hampshire District, Hampshire, England Plot: Behind the church
Kean, Edmund b. March 17, 1789 d. May 15, 1833 British Actor. Regarded as the greatest tragedian of his day. Coleridge wrote of Kean that to see him act was like reading Shakespeare by flashes of lightning. He was the illegitimate son of Edmund Kean, an architect's clerk who committed suicide at the age of 22, and Anne Carey, an itinerant actress and street hawker, and was brought up by Charlotte Tidswell, the mistress of his father's elder brother, Moses Kean. Charlotte, who had formerly been the lover of the 11th. Duke of Norfolk, was a...[Read More] (Bio by: Iain MacFarlaine) All Saints Churchyard, Catherington, East Hampshire District, Hampshire, England
Montgomery, Bernard Law b. November 17, 1887 d. March 24, 1976 British Field Marshal. Affectionately referred to as "Monty" by his troops, he served as field commander over British and Allied forces in North Africa, Sicily, and Europe. Educated at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Montgomery entered the army in 1908 and served in World War I. In the earlier stages of World War II, he commanded the 3rd Division in France. He had the foresight to see that Britain had countered German aggression too quickly and was not fully prepared for such a...[Read More] (Bio by: RCB) Holy Cross Churchyard, Binsted, East Hampshire District, Hampshire, England
Robinson, Eric Gascoigne b. May 16, 1882 d. August 20, 1965 British Victoria Cross Recipient. He was born in Greenwich, South-East London, the son of a clergyman. In 1897, he joined "HMS Britannia" as a cadet. During the First World War, he served in the Dardenelles Campaign on board "HMS Vengeance", having reached the rank of Lieutenant Commander. On February 26, 1915, he was in charge of a demolition party which landed at Kum Kale. They were held up by enemy fire from the Turks. Robinson ordered his crew to remain where they were, as their white...[Read More] (Bio by: Iain MacFarlaine) St John the Evangelist Churchyard, Langrish, East Hampshire District, Hampshire, England
Unwin, Edward b. March 17, 1864 d. April 19, 1950 World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Fawley, England, he served as a Commander in the British Royal Navy. During the troop landing on V Beach Cape Helles, Gallipoli, Turkey, on April 25, 1915, Commander Unwin's ship the HMS River Clyde was under a murderous enemy fire attempting to get the lighters into position on the shore. Commander Unwin with four other men left his ship to work on securing the lighters on the shore line. He worked on, until suffering from the effects of cold and...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Grayshott St Lukes Churchyard, Grayshott, East Hampshire District, Hampshire, England