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Kensal Green Cemetary, London

Postby Liz » 04 May 2009 12:04

The Kensal Green Cemetary in London sounds rather interesting. According to an article published in the Guardian newspaper http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/2009/apr/04/graves-memorials-secret-britain/print:

The General Cemetery Company opened Kensal Green Cemetery in 1833 during a cholera epidemic. The boom years peaked with the burials of two royals, the Duke of Sussex (d.1843), sixth son of George III, and Princess Sophia, his fifth daughter (d.1849). There followed a high number of bellicose tomb carvings representing military ordnance, many of them old Indian Army soldiers. On a plinth four Bengal warriors bear a tomb chest with the plumed pith helmet of a Casement sahib on top.

Having followed a link to the cemetery website, I found that it has an impressive list of Victorian military residents. You can view some of the list here http://www.kensalgreen.co.uk/documents/KG_notables.html#Anchor_Military but do check out the other headings such as Medicine to locate other military persons of interest such as Dr James (Miranda) Barry and Sir James Mouat VC.

Pictures of some monuments are available on the website, including for some military residents, but alas no Bengal warriors. Does anybody have any pics or further details of the monument referred to? Sounds interesting.
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Re: Kensal Green Cemetary, London

Postby Norwood » 04 May 2009 17:29

Thank you for the link Liz.

I have found it very useful already.


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Re: Kensal Green Cemetery, London

Postby fokgc » 12 May 2009 23:54

Hello from The Friends of Kensal Green Cemetery; if we can help in any way please do not hesitate to contact us at:

fokgc@hotmail.com

or see our web site:

http://www.kensalgreen.co.uk

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Re: Kensal Green Cemetary, London

Postby Tim B » 13 May 2009 05:33

Liz wrote:The Kensal Green Cemetary in London sounds rather interesting. According to an article published in the Guardian newspaper http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/2009/apr/04/graves-memorials-secret-britain/print:

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Pictures of some monuments are available on the website, including for some military residents, but alas no Bengal warriors. Does anybody have any pics or further details of the monument referred to? Sounds interesting.


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Colonel Frederick Robinson Aikman, V.C. is buried at Kensal Green. He was commissioned into the Bengal Infantry but was awarded the Victoria Cross while serving with the 3rd Sikh Cavalry during the Indian Mutiny. Here is an original cdv photo of Colonel Aikman in the uniform of the 3rd Sikh Cavalry:

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Here is a photo of Colonel Aikman's monument at Kensal Green:

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I hope this is the type of thing you were looking for. All the best.

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Re: Kensal Green Cemetary, London

Postby Liz » 15 May 2009 09:04

Thanks all for the feedback, particularly the photo of Colonel Aikman whose uniform is a fascinating blend of Indian and British costume.
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Re: Kensal Green Cemetary, London

Postby BingandNelsonFan » 08 Mar 2014 23:29

Lt. William Henry Wilbraham Prinlge of the 22d Bengal Native Infantry is buried at Kensal Green. :) He is in the catacombs below the Anglican Chapel.

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