We recently visited Carnforth Railway's Heritage Centre in Lancashire,
where this display was exhibited in honour of the local men
who had fought in the Great War.
Henry Gardner was killed in an enemy Air Raid on 31st October 1917 in Belgium
during the First World War. His grave is in the Solferino Farm Cemetery, Ieper West~Vlaanderen. He was a Sapper, official number 265578 in the Army with the 22nd Light Railway Operating Coy, Royal Engineers. He died in his 21st year and was the son of Edwar and Ann Gardener of 14 King Street, Carnforth, Lancashire.
A photograph of Henry's War Grave was sent to his Father.
Photograph by War Graves Photograph volunteer: Rudy van Kerckhoven
Henry's name appears on the Role of Honour on the War memorial,
The late TV star's headstone is to be sent to landfill
after its removal from a cemetery by his family amid new sex abuse claims.
Police investigating sexual abuse allegations made against
Sir Jimmy Savile say they are pursuing 120 leads going back 50 years. Sky's
Katie Stallard reports.
Sir Jimmy Savile's gravestone is going to be broken up and dumped
after being removed from a cemetery in Scarborough amid new sexual abuse
Scotland Yard says up to 25 young girls were allegedly targeted by the late
television star over a period dating back to 1959.
His family said it took the decision to remove his headstone, which bears
Savile's image and lists his accomplishments, as a mark of respect to others
buried in the cemetery. It had only been in place for three weeks.
"(We) are deeply aware of the impact that the stone remaining there could
have on the dignity and sanctity of the cemetery," a statement released on
behalf of the family said.
"Out of respect to public opinion, to those who are buried there, and to
those who tend their graves and visit there, we have decided to remove it."
Scarborough Borough Council said the work was carried out shortly after
midnight - ahead of the scheduled time of 7.30 on Wednesday morning - to
minimise disruption and potential vandalism. Police shut the gates of the
cemetery as it took place.
Despite making the request, his family did not know it would be removed under
the cover of night and the decision to do it then was made by the council and
The elaborate tombstone has been taken to a stonemason's yard in Leeds where
the inscription will be ground down. It will then be broken up and sent to
The grave, in which Savile was buried at an angle so he could "see"
Scarborough Castle and the sea, will remain unmarked.
Funeral director Robert Morphet, who organised Savile's funeral in November
last year and oversaw the dismantling of the headstone, said that once the
family had come to terms with the outcome of various investigations they will
make a decision as to how the grave should be marked in the future.
A number of memorials to Sir Jimmy have also been removed, including an
inscription on the wall at Leeds Civic Hall in recognition of his charity work,
and a street sign in Scarborough, North Yorkshire.
A plaque outside his home has already been defaced.
Scores of sexual abuse claims against Sir Jimmy have been made to the police
and the NSPCC charity in recent days.
It follows an ITV documentary examining historic claims about the presenter's
behaviour with children, which aired last week.
Commander Peter Spindler, head of specialist crime investigations at Scotland
Yard, said the allegations span four decades, with information suggesting abuse
was on a "national scale".
"At this stage it is quite clear from what women are telling us that Savile
was a predatory sex offender," he said.
Some 120 leads are being followed up by detectives, with five different
police forces involved.
Police have so far recorded two allegations of rape and six allegations of
indecent assault against the former Top of the Pops presenter. The youngest
victim was 13 at the time of the alleged attack.
Mr Spindler said the first allegation dates back to about 1959 but most
claims seemed to be from the 1970s and 80s.
Sky News' crime correspondent Martin Brunt said: "I think we now have
acceptance by the investigators that the scale of this is truly big and
Prime Minister David Cameron has hinted that Sir Jimmy could be posthumously
stripped of his knighthood.
However, the move would require a change in the law as technically when the
former DJ died last year the honour ceased to exist.
TV presenter and founder of the charity ChildLine, Esther Rantzen, is backing
a petition to have him stripped of his knighthood, which if left unchecked, she
said "taints the whole honours system".
In an interview with Sky News, Rantzen, who worked at the BBC alongside
Savile, added: "From my point of view, [the revelation] absolutely wrecks the
image of a charity fundraiser and the friend of royalty and the friend of a
"For me now, I'm afraid, Jimmy Savile will be remembered as a predatory
There have also been calls for Saville to have his papal knighthood removed -
although as for the civil order it also ceases to exist after death. He was
awarded this in 1990, the same year as he was knighted in the Queen's Birthday
A spokesperson for the Catholic Church in England and Wales told Sky News:
"If the allegations prove to be true and the Church had known about it at the
time, the papal knighthood would not have been awarded."
The NSPCC is urging anyone abused or harmed by Savile to speak out and
contact them and the police.
The charity’s head of child protection awareness, Christopher Cloke, told Sky
News: "We need to learn from these very, very tragic circumstances so we can
better protect children today."
The Ferry boat tragedy occured when some drunken undergraduate students attempted to climb aboard the already full 'Plough Ferry' at Fen Ditton shortly after the May boat races had taken place in nearby Cambridge. As the ferry overturned, Violet was one of three women who drowned and lost their lives that day.
Today the River Cam appears to be a relatively tame and easy river to cross, but in Edwardian times it was wider and shallower and edged by fen and bog, making it extremely hard to cross. Wagons, livestock and pedestrians used the ferries to traverse the river at this time.
Today there are many bridges crossing The Cam in Cambridge, but apart from the Great Bridge ~ the origin of the City's name and more commonly known as Magdalene Bridge ~ most river crossings before the Edwardian period required a ferry, of which there were several.
Bate's Ferry on the site of Victoria Bridge: a ferry by the Fort St. George ~ replaced by a footbridge in 1927. Dant's ferry replaced by the Cutter ~ Pye ~ footbridge, between Pembroke and Emmanuel Boat Houses. Horse Grind ferry at Chesterton by the Green Dragon pub. B.Jolley's ferry from the Pike and Eel pub. Ditton Plough ferry. All of these were known as 'Grind' ferries, because they were pulled across by a chain wound by hand. The Horse Grind ferry was unusual in that the grind was powered by a horse.
So I Googled Frederick Bennett's name and occuption and approx year that he would have been practicing and discovered the following information:
Frederick Bennett, a surgeon in England. ~as on his sons marriage
certificate~ His son Frederick Henry Bennett b ABT
1848,at Islington,Middlesex, a wine Merchant, married 12th May 1877 in the
parish of Woodford, Essex to Emma Baker b.ABT 1845.
Their children, Frederick
George and Agnes M. B.ABT 1880 ~twins~, Sydney Harmond b 1882 and John Henry
b.1881. The boys and their mother Emma immigrated to New Zealand in 1913.
I then contacted Sally Riches in New Zealand who had posted this information, offering her my photo of the headstone and to see if she had any photographs of Frederick or Harriette, she wrote back to say:
What a nice surprise to get your message 7 yrs after posting my one.
would love to have a photo of the headstone. Frederick Bennett was my mothers
great grandfather. I was always wanting to trace his medical background as early
census listed his occupation as a chemist and then it changed to
Most of the information I have is taken from the census records
1851-1891, but missing the family in 1861. Frederick Bennett was born in 1818 in Wantage, Berkshire, son of John Bennett
who was also a chemist. By 1851 Frederick was working in Clerkenwell as a
chemist/drugist, then his occupation changes to Surgeon in London in 1856. We
lose his and his families whereabouts until 1871 when he appears as surgeon in
Linton, Cambridge where he lives till his death in 1896 of Senile
He married Harriette Bennett n May 15th 1847, daughter of George
Bennett, Gentleman. She was born in Ullington, Gloucestershire.,
harriette had 3 children, Frederick henry b.1848 who married Emma Baker in
1877 and became a Wine Merchant, they had 3 sons and 1 daughter Harriette
Georgiana b.1850 who married John Holt Moxon of Rugeley, Staffordshire and had 6
daughters and 1 son Fanney b.1856 We are related to his son Frederick Henry Bennett and his son Sydney Harman Bennett.
We have no photos of him.
Many thanks for filling in some of the history Sally.
60 years ago today Eva Peron, Argentina's First Lady from 1946 ~ 1952 died from Cervical Cancer at the age of 33 years old.
The story of her life was like the fairytale of Cinderella, but what happened to her remains after her death are stranger than fiction, when three years later her embalmed body mysteriously disappeared...........
Eva Peron nee Duarte was born on the 7th May 1919, illegitimately into a large impoverished family. At the age of 15 she left the countryside to become an actress in Buenos Aires and by the age of 26 she had married Col Juan Peron who then became President of Argentina and Eva became one of the most powerful women on earth.
When her death was announced on all radio stations, shops closed, restaurants, bars and cinemas emptied and national mourning began. A huge crowd gathered outside the presidential palace and eight people were killed in the crush, another 2,000 needed hospital treatment.
Eva left instructions that after her death, her hair was to be dyed her usual shade of blonde and for her usually red painted nails, to be to painted one last time in a clear varnish. The embalmer was Dr. Pedro Ara who carried the perfectly preserved head of a peasant as a specimen of his work. Dr. Ara embalmed Evita only long enough for a public viewing, which stretched from a few days to a few weeks as the crowds kept pouring in.
A second embalming, to prepare it for her mausoleum, took two years and cost over $100,000 dollars.
As the mass outpouring of grief for 'the Spiritual Leader of the Nation' continued around the state funeral, Eva was being prepared for public display in the capital Buenos Aires where more than two million people were to file past her open coffin. While waiting for the monument to be constructed, Evita's embalmed body was displayed in her former office at the CGT building for almost two years.
Her body was to be placed in a mausoleum which would be bigger than the Statue of Liberty. But all the plans for a monument to Evita came to nothing when, in 1955, her husband President Juan Peron’s regime was overthrown by the military and the president fled to Spain.
Fearing Evita’s body would become a rallying point for the opposition, it was seized by the military in 1955. Eva's political opponents feared her grave would become a shrine and focus for revolt, so they planned to remove her body out of the country.
The army commandant charged with guarding the corpse refused to have it on his base. Hidden in a wooden crate marked 'Radio Equipment' Eva's body was left in a van parked in Buenos Aires at the city’s waterworks. Then later behind a Cinema Screen and in the attic of Military Intelligence. Even in the home of an Army Major who is thought to have shot his wife when she became jealous of the time he was spending with Eva’s body. But somehow, at every location the news leaked out and shrines of burning candles and flowers would appear. From 1955 until 1971, the military dictatorship of Argentina issued a ban on Peronism. It became illegal not only to possess pictures of Juan and Eva Perón even in one's home, but even to speak of their names.
Dr Kraniauskas of the University of London says 'She represented welfare to the poor, so she was loved' and whilst the legend of Evita continued to grow around the world, Eva’s embalmed body was being shipped around the globe for two decades.
Eventually it was decided that nowhere in Argentina was safe enough to keep the body and in 1957 the military junta ordered it to be transported to Milan. With the covert assistance of the Vatican, the remains of Eva Peron
were taken to Italy and buried in a Milan cemetery under the name Maria Maggi.
'Where is the body of Eva Peron?' asked graffiti that appeared in Buenos
Aires. Her power as a symbol of resistance grew.
In 1970, the Montoneros ~ a Peronist guerrilla group ~ kidnapped and killed
the former president, General Pedro Eugenio Aramburu. They targeted him partly
because he had overseen the initial disappearance of Evita's body. The guerilla's refused to return Aramburu's corpse until Evita's body was returned to 'The People'. Aramburu left a sealed letter detailing her secret grave and Evita was returned, as was Aramburu's body. When the body arrived in Madrid, Peron and his third wife Isabel discovered that there was extensive damage to Eva's remains. A finger tip had been removed, due to the militarys attempts to identify whether this really was the actual body of Eva Peron and not just a wax copy.
In 1974 Domingo Tellechea, a restorer of art,
antiquities ~ and human remains, was the expert chosen to make the body of Eva Peron presentable
for public display. Eva's nose had been badly damaged and she appeared to have sustained cuts on her face and blows on her body, her feet were in very poor condition as she had been stored in a standing position in her unusual various resting places.
Peron kept the coffin containing Eva in their bedroom, but often placed it on display on a plinth next to the dining room table.
Juan Peron returned to power in 1973 but Eva did not come home until a year later when he died and was succeeded as president by Isabel.
Eva's body was once again briefly displayed
to the public next to her husband's coffin. Photos from the time show a queue
outside Los Olivos, but nothing like the two million people who had filed past
her coffin when she died in 1952.
Another military junta overthrew Isabel in 1976. The remains of Eva Peron now lie in her families crypt, 5 metres deep under enough concrete to build a Nuclear Bunker, in the Recoleta Cemetery in Buenos Aires.
Listed amongst the Landmark buildings that 'Never Were', you would find London's Pyramid of Death.
In 1829, architect Thomas
Willson planned a pyramid mausoleum to be located in Primrose Hill, North London. It would hold up to five million bodies because of the lack of burial space in the capital's churchyards.
Willson, born in 1780 and trained at the Royal Academy, wanted the pyramid to
be 94-storeys high and cover a site of 18 acres, (7000 sq m). 'It was supposed to be compact, hygienic and ornamental,' says Catharine
Arnold, an expert on London's dead. 'Willson hoped people would come to admire this huge pyramid from far and
wide, picnicking on Primrose Hill and enjoying this splendid monument. But it
would be rather like a giant car-park of the dead,' says Arnold. The pyramid-design caught the public's mood for Egyptiana - the height of
fashion at the time. Winding walks, similar to today's Guggenheim Museum in New
York, were planned to transport the bodies through the pyramid's catacombs to
their final resting places. Why didn't it
happen? 'It would have been monumental, but grotesque - a literal Valhalla,' says
author Simon Jenkins. 'Public opinion stopped it. The arguments for leaving the site wild won the
day and Primrose Hill became one of London's most popular parks.'
Willson claimed the pyramid would cost £2,500 on completion and would make £10m profit when
full, but there was suspicion among the authorities that his figures did not add
There was also concern that the weight of the bricks may have crushed
Primrose Hill. And the public mood turned against necropolises - cities of the
dead - as garden-style cemeteries became the norm. With the building of Highgate cemetery in 1829, the pyramid scheme was
A year ago today on the 23rd July 2011, we remember the sad passing of the esteemed singer~songwriter Amy Winehouse, who tragically died from alcohol poisoning, at the age of 27 years old. Her distinctive contralto jazz vocals can be heard here in this video which has been set amongst the background of Abney Park Cemetery in London. May she now have found the Peace that eluded her here.
Despite it's aged appearance, I took this photo only last year because I was amazed at the subsidence from rabbit burrows ~ of which there are many etc, that had caused this jumble of headstones in Southend~on~Sea Cemetery.
In September 1935, four years before WW2 began, Stanley Baldwin the British Prime Minister, issued a circular entitled Air Raid Precautions ~ARP~ which suggested local authorities should make plans to protect their people in the event of a war. This included the building of public air raid shelters.
In April 1937 the government created an Air Raid Wardens' Service and during the next year recruited around 200,000 volunteers. These volunteers were know as Air Raid Precaution Wardens and their main role was to protect civilians from the danger of air~raids.
ARP Wardens patrolled the streets during blackouts, to ensure that no light was visible. If a light was spotted, the warden would alert those responsible by shouting something like 'Put that light out!' or 'Cover that window!'.
Anderson Shelter in Garden ~ Gas Masks being carried in their cardboard boxes
The ARP Wardens also reported the extent of bomb damage and assess the need for help from the rescue and emergency services. They were also responsible for the issue of gas masks and pre-fabricated air~raid shelters ~ Anderson and Morrison shelters ~ they also organised and staffed the public air raid shelters.
The ARP's knowledge of their local area, enabled them to find and reunite family members who had been separated after the 'All Clear siren' was sounded. There were 1.4 million ARP wardens in Britain, mostly part time volunteers who had other full time day jobs.
The ARP Warden was issued with a helmet with the letter 'W' upon it, a whistle or wooden rattle, a hooded torch and canteen of water as seen here carved in stone.
The Angel of Death is the title given to this monument of George William Lancaster and his wife Louisa Mary who died on this day in 1922.
In Sweet and Loving Memory of
23rd January 1920
Aged 66 Years
'Love Lives Forever'
memorial was sculpted by Sydney March in Portland stone and Bronze and is a Grade II listed monument in East Sheen Cemetery. This work was influenced by North Italian tomb sculpture ~ especially Leonardo Bistolfi ~ and is considered one of the most significant examples of funerary sculpture.
The Lancasters were a north-country family who made their money in coal mining.
Their monument was described by Hugh Meller, author of London Cemeteries: An Illustrated Guide & Gazetteer, as 'arguably the most dramatic sculpture in any of London's cemeteries'. I have to admit that it is one of my favourites too.
June 23rd 1922
'She Lived For Others'
It is often said that truth is stranger than fiction and I recently found this very interesting article by Sheldon K Goodman about the relationship between George and his wife Louisa, whom he was not even married to, for the full story please continue to read his article..
Festina Lente ~ Make Haste Slowly or More Haste, Less Speed
Sir Alfred Claud HollisGCMG,CBE ~ 1874 ~ 1961 ~ was British administrator who served as British Resident to the Sultan of Zanzibar between 1923 and 1929 and Governor of Trinidad and Tobago between 1930 and 1936 and author of a historical account of Spanish Trinidad.
He also wrote books on the Language and Folklore of the Masai and Nandi.