Abergavenny, Monmouthshire - Cemetery, Bethany Apostolic Church

Lily, the dearly loved child of Henry & Lydia Lecce.  Gathered to the upper fold aged 13 years.

Charles, son of Joseph and Eliza Morgan.  He was accidentally killed at Abergavenny Junction.

Henry George Powell, fireman who was accidentally killed at the LNWR Co Sheds Abergavenny

Joseph Davies.  For many years Station Master, Abergavenny Junction.

Henry Edgar Weeks of Abergavenny who met with his death while on duty as guard on the Cape Colony RMS Africa.

John Holland was accidentally killed on the Monmouth railway, Abergavenny on November 1836, aged 42 years.

Highgate Cemetery East, Swain's Lane, London

This section of Highgate Cemetery covers 19 acres and was opened in 1860 after the west section became full.  It is now managed by a charity, the Friends of Highgate Cemetery Trust, and is run for public benefit, not for profit.  A small charge is made for access.  It is still open for new burials.

An attractive statue of an angel holding a bowl of fruit.

A lovely depiction of a dog on the grave of Alfred George Gardiner and Violet Gardiner.

Bruce Reynolds was one of the Great Train Robbers.  In 1963 he and his gang stole £2,631,684.  He was not arrested until 1968.  He agreed to plead guilty to the robbery and was sentenced to 25 years in prison.  He was released in 1978.  He resumed criminal activities and served another 3 years in prison in the 1980s.

Memorial to Stephen Baron de Curbs, 1800-1892.  Also remembering his "mother whose remains were removed from the catacombs to this grave."

Lucien Stryk was born in Poland and died in London.  He became an American poet, and a translator of Buddhist literature and Zen poetry.  He was an English professor at Northern Illinois University

"Sinologist" and "Martial artist" are unusual interests to see recorded on memorials.

The grave of Karl Marx is perhaps the most famous one in this cemetery.  He was born in Trier, Germany.  He became a philosopher, economist, historian, sociologist, political theorist, journalist and socialist revolutionary.

Manuchehr Sabetian was an Iranian consulting surgeon.  He became consultant surgeon at London Welbeck Hospital in 1991.  He was the president of the Iranian Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists association in Exile.

Mansoor Hekmat Zhoobin Razani was an Iranian Marxist theorist, revolutionary and leader of the worker-communist movement. He was opposed to the Shah, and after the Islamic Revolution of 1979 he led the Worker-Communist Part of Iran, which is opposed to the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Simon Paul Wolff was a mechanical engineer at the forefront of the development of nuclear power in Britain.

Christopher Klevenhagen was a physicist, and wrote a textbook on the use of electron beams in radiotherapy.

Aged 100 years.

A very unusual memorial, for a Thornton family member.

Malcolm McLaren was an impresario, visual artist, performer, musician, clothes designer and boutique owner.

"Fireman's Corner" memorial was erected in 1934 by the London Fire Brigade Widows and Orphans Fund.

Jeremy Beadle was a TV presenter, writer and producer.

Patrick Caulfield, CBE, RA, was a painter and printmaker known for his bold canvasses.  He died on 29 September 2005.

John Henderson Smith was Captain of HNS Worcester at Swanscombe in Kent for over 25 years.  It was a naval training ship for cadets aged from 11 to 17 years old.  There is an image of the ship on this stone, obscured by the pink petunias.  The vault also remembers his wife Jessie and her sister Jane Ellis Ross.

Robert Grant was awarded the Victoria Cross "For conspicuous devotion at Alumbagh, on the 24th September, 1857, in proceeding under a heavy and galling fire to save the life of Private E. Deveney, whose leg had been shot away, and eventually carrying him safe into camp, with  the assistance of the late Lieutenant Brown, and some comrades."

He was just 20 years old, serving with the 5th Regiment of Foot during the Indian Mutiny.

Herbert Lewin Fergusson died in February 1916, thirteen months after receiving the severe wounds in action in France which led to his death.

Jim Stanford Horn (1976-2010) was an avid reader, but not a partner in Penguin books.

Philip Gould (March 1950-December 2011) was a British political consultant, and former advertising executive.  He was strategy and polling adviser to the Labour Party in five general elections between 1987 and 2005.

Highgate Cemetery West, Swain's Lane, London

Highgate Cemetery opened in 1839, after London graveyards had become overcrowded and unsanitary.  It was the third of eight private cemeteries established on the edge of the city, open to people of all denominations.  The West Cemetery covers 17 acres.  The East Cemetery, covering 19 acres, opened across the road in 1860.

In the twentieth century, the cemetery became unprofitable and was neglected.  Nature took over.  It is now cared for by a charity, the Friends of Highgate Cemetery Trust and is run for public benefit, not for profit.  It is still open for new burials, despite the very limited space available.

The West Cemetery can only be visited on a guided tour led by a volunteer, for a small charge.

The Egyptian Avenue, flanked by two obelisks, is lined with tombs, and leads up to the Circle of Lebanon.

Circle of Lebanon.

Egyptian Avenue.

The family mausoleum of James Anderson Kelman on the Circle of Lebanon.

A columbarium (storage for cremated remains) and the family vault of Henry von Joel.

The ancient cedar tree which long predates the cemetery.  It's base is now surrounded by "The Circle of Lebanon", with the tombs on the inside face in the Egyptian style, and those on the outer face from later dates mostly in the classical style.  The celtic-style cross is in memory of William Usborne who died in 1875, and of his wife Mary Ann.

Alexander Litvinenko was a former officer of the Russian Federal Security Service and the KGB.  He received political asylum in the UK, but died in November 2006 of poisoning with the radioactive isotope polonium-210.  In May 2007 the British Foreign Office submitted a formal request to the Russian Government for the extradition of two individuals to the UK to face criminal charged relating to Litvinenko's murder.

Emma Wallace Gray died in 1845, aged 18 years, "from the effects of fire, her dress having accidentally ignited ten days previously."

Elizabeth Jackson, aged 36 years, was the first person buried in Highgate Cemetery on 26 May, 1839.

The Cruft family founded the famous annual dog show.

A fine example of a family grave, the family of Sir Herbert H. Bartlett.

George Wombwell was born in Wendon Lofts, Essex.  He became a shoemaker in Soho, but soon began to buy exotic animals from ships that came from all over the world, and put them on display in Soho.  In 1810 he established Wombwell's Travelling Menagerie.  He died in 1850 and is buried under a statue of his lion Nero.

The Terrace Catacombs take the position of the original terrace of the gardens of Ashurst House, which was demolished in 1830.  The brick gallery is more than 80 yards long, with each of the 825 recesses large enough to take a single coffin.

James and Jane Simpson - "Their lives were devoted to works of Christian philanthropy and benevolence especially in behalf of the Jews and deaf mutes, sympathy with the latter class led to their founding the adult deaf & dumb institution, since merged into the Association in Aid of the Deaf a& Dumb, also the British Asylum for Deaf & Dumb Females, Clapton: and to their establishing regular public religious services for this afflicted class." 

Thomas Sayers, born in May 1826, was a famous bare-knuckle fighter.  He was 5 feet 8 inches tall, and weighed 155 pounds.  He was recognised as the heavyweight champion of England between 1857, when he defeated William Perry (the "Tipton Slasher"), and his retirement in 1860.  He died in November 1865, aged 39 years.

Walter Fox Halton was buried here in 1909.  His son, with the same name, is also remembered here.  He was a Pasha in the Egyptian Service and President of the Egyptian Railway Board.  He died in 1897 and is interred in Cairo.

Michael Faraday was a scientist who studied electromagnetism and electrochemistry.  His main discoveries include the principles underlying electromagnetic induction, diamagnetism and electrolysis.

There are 318 identified casualties of both World Wars remembered at Highgate Cemetery.  There are many individual CWGC headstones scattered throughout the cemetery.

Peter Otto Wolff, born in Vienna, was a civil engineer and hydrologist.