The purpose of this site
I am fascinated by military history, especially the Napoleonic era and live very near Kensal Green Cemetery. This was the first public cemetery established in London when the law was changed to permit burials in places other than church yards. It was opened in 1833 and became very fashionable, especially when plots were reserved for members of the royal family.
Kensal Green (formally known as The General Cemetery of All Souls, Kensal Green) has been managed and run by the same company throughout, unlike the others started in the same period (often known as the Magnificent Seven).
I may extend my exploration to other places.
My intention for this site is to record my discoveries. I have not attempted to write at length about people but to give a summary and some references.
This is a purely personal project. I have no affiliation with the cemetery management. I have recently joined the Friends of Kensal Green Cemetery but they have nothing to do with this.
Monument to Colonel Gideon Gorrequer
Organisation of this site
This is very much a work in progress but, for now, the site has three index pages:
- Military - Napoleonic Wars
- Military - Other
Use the top menu to select one.
Unless otherwise stated all the pictures here were taken by me.
Click on the small pictures to see it enlarged in a window. Sometimes there are more pictures than are displayed as thumbnails. If so there are arrows, click to scroll.
Layout of Index
Page: There is a page per initial letter of the surname. Clicking on this goes to the top of that page.
Name: If military, this includes the rank on the memorial.
Dates: Year only.
Ref: Cemetery reference.
Zone: Kensal Green Cemetery is divided into over 200 numbered rectangles. There are also three catacombs, normally inaccessible identified as Cat.A-C.
Location: An abbreviation such as PS-path side, RS-road side or a number indicating the row, i.e. how far back from the path or road.
I have not included the zone map on this website because of possible copyright issues. It is on display in the cemetery. A version can also be found on the CWGC website.
A general map of Kensal Green Cemetery can be found on the website of the Friends of Kensal Green Cemetery.
While I have provided a link to Wikipedia for many of the entries I recognise that this is not the most definitive source. I have, where possible, verified what I've written from other sources.
Key sources are:
"The Shades of Waterloo" by Daniel Frampton, published by the Friends of Kensal Green Cemetery. (TSoW)
"Wellington's Men Remembered" by Janet and David Bromley, published by Praetorian Press / Pen & Sword. This is a monumental, two volume work listing memorials to soldiers who fought in the Peninsular War and the Waterloo Campaign. (WMR)
"The Waterloo Roll Call" by Charles Dalton. This list those officers present at Waterloo. A facsimile of the 2nd edition, 1904 is published by The Naval and Military Press. (WRC)
"Waterloo Medal Roll". A list of all those, of all ranks, who received the Waterloo medal. (MR)
Many other books and memoirs are available. I have a few.