, Saint. Hedda d. 870 (circa) Roman Catholic Saint. He served as the Benedictine abbot of Peterborough, England. About AD 870, an invading force of Danes swept through coastal England. The community of Benedictines at Peterborough, said to have numbered 84, was wiped out by the raiders. Hedda was declared martyr and canonized by the Roman Catholic Church. In the late Middle Ages the grave of Hedda and his companions was covered with the so called "Hedda stone." Holes were cut in it to place candles for saying Mass...[Read More] (Bio by: Iola) Glastonbury Abbey, Glastonbury, Mendip District, Somerset, England
Arthur, King Briton King. Reigning in the mideval times, he was considered to be part of the inspiration of the legend of "King Arthur" as first put down by Sir Thomas Mallory's work "Le Morte d'Artur". The tomb was discovered by monks in 1191 during the reign of Henry II. The bones were moved into a tomb where they stayed until 1278, when they were placed in a more elaborate tomb near the altar of the church in the presence of Edward I and Queen Eleanor. The bones and the famous lead cross disappeared in...[Read More] Glastonbury Abbey*, Glastonbury, Mendip District, Somerset, England *This location is unconfirmed or in dispute.
Batten-Pooll, Arthur Hugh Henry b. October 25, 1891 d. January 21, 1971 World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Knightsbridge, London England, he served as a Lieutenant in the 3rd battalion and 2nd Battalion, Royal Munster Fusiliers, British Army. On June 25, 1916, near Colonne, France, Lieutenant Batten-Pooll was in command of a raiding party. When entering the enemy's lines he was severely wounded by a bomb which broke and mutilated all the fingers of his right hand. In spite of this, he continued to direct operations with unflinching courage. Half an hour...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) St Lawrence Churchyard, Woolverton, Mendip District, Somerset, England
Beckford, William b. October 1, 1760 d. May 2, 1844 Author. He born in Fonthill, Wiltshire, in the manor house owned by his father who was twice Lord Mayor of London. He inherited a large fortune from his father, William Beckford, consisting of one million in cash, and several sugar plantations in Jamaica. In 1783, after his marraige to Margaret Gordon , he travelled, having been involved in a homosexual scandal, spending the majority of his brief married life in Switzerland, his wife dying at childbirth, in 1786. Having studied under Sir...[Read More] (Bio by: s.canning) Lansdown Cemetery, Lansdown, Bath and North East Somerset Unitary Authority, Somerset, England
Berry, Edward b. 1768 d. February 13, 1831 British Navy Rear Admiral. He was an officer in Britain's Royal Navy, principally known for his capacity in his role as flag captain of rear admiral Horatio Nelson's ship "HMS Vanguard" during the Battle of the Nile (1798), and was knighted the same year. He had a long and distinguished career, also commanding "HMS Agamemnon" at The Battle of Trafalgar (1805). He was the only officer in the Royal Navy at the time, to have had three medals and commanded a line-of-battleship in The Battle of the...[Read More] (Bio by: s.canning) St Swithin Churchyard, Bath, Bath and North East Somerset Unitary Authority, Somerset, England
Bilk, Acker b. January 28, 1929 d. November 2, 2014 Clarinettist and Vocalist. Born Bernard Stanley Bilk, he took the name Acker from the Somerset slang for mate. He lost two front teeth in a school fight and half a finger in a sledding accident, which he claimed affected his playing style. He did his three years national service with the Royal Engineers, where he first was given a clarinet. He became well known for his trademark goatee, bowler hat, striped waistcoat and distinctive clarinet playing. The instrumental "Stranger on the Shore"...[Read More] (Bio by: Daff) All Saints Churchyard, Publow, Bath and North East Somerset Unitary Authority, Somerset, England
Birrel, Peter b. July 19, 1935 d. June 23, 2004 Actor. He appeared in film and television credits that included "Sharpe's Company," "Around the World in 80 Days" "War and Remembrance," "London's Burning," "If Tomorrow Comes," "Arch of Triumph," "Freud," "The Great Riviera Bank Robbery," "Lillie," "Marie Curie," "Alexander the Greatest," "Freelance," "Lord Mountdrago," "I Was a Doctor Who Monster," "Just for You," and "Doctor Who: Thirty Years in the Tardis." He was married to British actress, Stephanie Cole from 1995 until he died of cancer. (Bio by: Genet) Cause of death: Cancer Haycombe Cemetery and Crematorium, Bath, Bath and North East Somerset Unitary Authority, Somerset, England
Burney (D'Arbley), Fanny (Frances) b. June 13, 1752 d. January 6, 1840 Novelist and diarist. "Fanny" Burney later (Madame D'Arblay) was born in King's Lynn, Norfolk, to Esther Sleepe Burney and music historian of some distinction, Dr. Charles Burney. In 1760, the family moved to Poland street in London where a brilliant social circle would frequent, which included David Garrick, Samuel Johnson, James Boswell and Edmund Burke. Her early diaries chronicle evenings spent in this cirle at home. Largely self-educated at home, her first novel "Evelina" was published...[Read More] (Bio by: s.canning) St Swithin Churchyard, Bath, Bath and North East Somerset Unitary Authority, Somerset, England Plot: churchyard, grave
Bythesea, CDR. John b. June 15, 1827 d. May 18, 1906 Crimean War Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Somerset, England, he served as a Lieutenant in the British Royal Navy. On August 9, 1854, the British Fleet lay off the Island of Wardo, in the Baltic Sea and Lieutenant Bythesea was the officer of the watch on HMS Arrogant. Having received information that an Aide-de-Camp of the Emperor of Russia had landed on the Island of Wardo, in charge of mail and dispatches for the Russian General, Lieutenant Bythesea with the assistance of a Stoker obtained...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Bath Abbey Cemetery, Widcombe, Bath and North East Somerset Unitary Authority, Somerset, England Plot: third row on the left (as you walk from the mortuary chapel) just over half way down the central aisle of the first block. It is marked by an 8ft Celtic Cross.
Chard, Col. John Rouse Merriott b. December 21, 1847 d. November 1, 1897 British Victorian Cross Medal Recipient, British Army Officer. Commander at Rorke's Drift. Born in Plymouth, Devon, England. In 1879, he was a Lieutenant in the Corps of Royal Engineers. He was in Natal building a bridge when he was placed in command of the British defenses at Rorke's Drift. On the morning of January 22, 1879, a Zulu Army annihilated a large British force at Isandlwana. Later in the afternoon, a smaller Zulu force, which did not participate in the earlier slaughter, attacked...[Read More] St John the Baptist Churchyard, Hatch Beauchamp, Taunton Deane Borough, Somerset, England
Crimmin, John b. March 18, 1859 d. February 20, 1945 Karenni (Burma) Expedition Victoria Cross Recipient. He received the award for his actions on January 1, 1889 near Lwekaw, Burma (now Myanmar). Born near Bruff, County Limerick, Ireland, he served as a surgeon in the Bombay Medical Service of the British Indian Army. Later, he achieved the rank of colonel and served in the Indian Medical Service and received the Companion of the Order of the Indian Empire award in 1901. He died in Wells, Somerset, England at the age of 85. His Victoria Cross...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) Wells Cemetery, Wells, Mendip District, Somerset, England