People of historical note buried in the borough M to Z

Although this is quite a comprehensive list of people of note, it is not necessarily complete. If you have any suggestions for additions or alterations to this list, please contact the Cemetery Office. You may also wish to view our list of holders of the Victoria Cross, which are listed on a separate page.

Fulton MacKay Born 1922 Died 1987. Scottish Actor - best known for his part in the sitcom “Porridge”, and the spin-off film “Fraggle Rock”. He was born in Paisley in Renfrewshire. He trained as a quantity surveyor, and during the War, served with the Black Watch. When he was demobilised, he decided to become an actor and trained at RADA. A Hybrid tea rose has been named after him. He was married to the Irish Actress Sheila Manahan, who is buried with him in East Sheen Cemetery, Section J, grave number 187

Co. Alexander James John MacDonald Born 1839 Died 1889. “The last chief of the old historic family of Glencoe, died after thirty six years great suffering caused by 21 wounds received in the Crimea at the battles of Alma and Inkerman” Teddington Cemetery, Section Cc, grave number 644.

Sheila Manahan Born 1 January 1924, Died 29 March 1988. Irish actress. Among her film roles were ‘Ann’ in Seven Days to Noon”, the mother in “The Story of Esther Costello” and ‘Mrs Jenkins’ in “Only Two Can Play” with Peter Sellers and Mai Zetterling. She was married to Fulton Mackay and is buried with him in East Sheen Cemetery, Section J, number 187

Sir Alec Martin Born 1884, Died 1971. Chairman of Christies from 1940 until 1958. Chairman of the Wallace Collection and governor of the Foundling Hospital. East Sheen Cemetery, Section G, grave number 12.

Robert Martin Born 1821, Died 1906. “For 42 years professor of clarinet at Kneller Hall”. Twickenham Cemetery, Section A, grave number 150.

Sir John Martin-Harvey Born 22 June 1863, died 14 May 1944. John Martin Harvey adopted the hyphenated form of his name in 1921 when he was knighted. He was born in Wivenhoe, Essex. His father, John Harvey was a yacht builder, (as was his Grandfather Thomas Harvey) and was a member of the Institute of Naval Architects. His mother, Margaret Diana Mary was a vicar’s daughter. Actor-manager and an early advocate for a national theatre. East Sheen Cemetery, Section H, grave number 142.

William McMillan Born 1887, Died 1977. Sculptor, whose best-known works are the statue of George VI overlooking the Mall and of Alcock and Brown at Heathrow Airport. Lived at 3 Cholmondley Walk, Richmond. Richmond Cemetery, Section 14, Grave number 10569

Joseph Theophilus Mears Born 1872, died October 1935.Founding Director (in 1905) of Chelsea Football Club, later owner of the Stamford Bridge ground; a developer and entrepreneur who had much of West London's leisure industry sewn up, running cinemas, coaches and Thames pleasure launches, as well as Chelsea Football Club. Mayor of Richmond from 1931 to 1932. Richmond Cemetery, Section W, grave number 5243.

James Arthur Messenger Born Twickenham 1826 Died June 1901. Was awarded the solid silver Waterman and Bargeman Badge by Queen Victoria in 1862. Messenger carried out the role of Waterman and Bargemaster for 40 years, serving Queen Victoria and then King Edward VII.
Teddington Cemetery, Grave 302, Section Dc.

Sir Ralph Millbourne Born 1862, Died 1942 Stockbroker and president of the Ex-Servicemen’s Welfare Society. Richmond Cemetery, Section O, grave number 2432

Sir Ralph Moor Born 1860, Died 1909. First High commissioner to Southern Nigeria 1900. He committed suicide. East Sheen Cemetery, Section C, grave number 49.

Sir Miles de Montmorency Born 1893, Died 1963. Portrait painter and author of “A short history of Painting in England” in 1934. East Sheen Cemetery, Section CC, grave number 86.

Sir Benjamin Morgan Born 1874, Died 1937. Engineer and economist, he served on numerous committees concerned with trade and the empire. East Sheen Cemetery, Section C, grave number 224.

Herbert Gage Muller Born 1912, died 1 May 1940. Pilot Flying Officer 39558 in 99 Squadron of the RAF. He and his crew took off at 1800 hours from Suffolk for a raid in Stavanger, Norway. The aircraft is assume to have crashed into the Wash and all crew were lost, but all the bodies were recovered from the water in time. Richmond Cemetery, Section BB grave number 21.

Sir Thomas James Nelson Born 1829 Died 1885. Solicitor to the City of London 1862-1865, he conducted litigation that secured the freedom of Epping Forest. Teddington Cemetery, Section Fc, grave number 218.

Laurence Oliphant Died aged 59 years in December 1888. Contemporary of Sir Richard Burton, the famous explorer. (Sir Richard Burton is buried in the grounds of St. Mary Magdalene Church in North Worple Way.) Twickenham Cemetery, Section D, grave number 197.

Adm.Sir Erasmus Ommaney Born 1814 Died 1904. Served on the Arctic Expeditions of 1838 and in 1850 which discovered the first winter quarters of Franklin’s ships. Old Mortlake Burial Ground, Section Q grave number 195

George Osborn Born 1808, Died 1891. Wesleyan preacher, president of the Wesleyan Methodist Conference 1863 – 1881; he published several books on the Wesleys. Richmond Old Cemetery Ground, grave number B5.

William Alexander Osborne Born 1814, Died 1891. Headmaster of Rossall School from 1849 to 1869.
Teddington Cemetery, Section Bc, grave number 552.

Sir Frederick Painter Born 1844, Died 1926. Sheriff of the City of London from 1913-14. East Sheen Cemetery, Section G, grave number 99.

Sir Andrzej Panufnik Born 24.09.1914 in Warsaw, Poland, Died 27.10.1991. Highly reputed composer of a wide range of choral and orchestral music. Left Poland in 1954 in protest against Stalinist attitude to artists, took British nationality, first Pole to be knighted. His cantata ‘Thames Pageant’ recorded with the choir of King’s House School and the Thames Youth Ensemble. A much respected Twickenham resident. The memorial is by Richard Kindersley, a pupil of Eric Gill. Richmond Cemetery, Section E, grave number 287

Thomas Mee Pattison. Born 1845, Warrington, Cheshire, died 1936. He started his life as a coach builder. He married Ellen Worthington in 1870 and was described by 1871 as a professor of music, and was also an organist at St.Paul’s Church, Warrington. Most of his work was written between the mid 1880’s and 90’s. He and his family moved to London and he became an organist at St.Mary’s Ealing. He masterminded the Maidstone Violin Movement, and this movement had a major impact on instrumental tuition in the USA.

Richmond Cemetery, Section V, grave number 5063

Sir Thomas Townsend Pears, KCB, Born 1809, died 1892. Major-General Royal Engineers. Knighted 1871.
Old Mortlake Burial Ground, Section V, grave number 157.

Rt. Hon. Jonathan Peel Born 1799 Died 1879. MP for Huntingdon from 1831 to 1868. Secretary of State for war from 1858 to 1859, and race horse owner. His horses won first and second places in the 1844 Derby. Twickenham Cemetery, Section B, grave number 160.

John David Piggott War correspondent, died 1923 Richmond Cemetery, Section S, grave number 3691.

Félix Pissarro Born at Pontoise, France in 1874, Died 1897. Artist - third son of Camille Pissarro, father of the impressionist movement. Died of TB at 23 in a Kew sanatorium. Acknowledged by his father as the most talented of his five sons. Two of his Richmond landscapes are in the Ashmolean, Oxford. Lived briefly in Richmond, then Chiswick. The memorial is possibly from a design by Lucien Pissarro. This memorial was restored in May 2001 with the help of The Environment trust for Richmond upon Thames and public subscription. Richmond Cemetery, Section F. grave number 1176

James Kirkham Ramsbottom Born in Bradford, Manchester on 11 October 1891. Died in New York in February 1925. Gained the Gold Medal and a scholarship in the Royal Horticultural Society's examination, and became a special research student at Wisley. He "saved the British Daffodil industry from extinction", by his work on Eeelworm Disease., and ensured the sale of disease-free stocks of bulbs. He tragically fell from a high window in a New York hotel during a lecturing visit. Richmond Cemetery, Section V, grave number 4850.

Thomas German Reed Born 1817 Died 1888. Together with his wife, Priscilla (1818-1895), devised the “German Reed Entertainment” in 1855. This “provided dramatic amusement for that class of society which was reluctant to visit the theatres” Old Mortlake Burial Ground, Section Z grave number 198

William Keith Relf Known as Keith Relf, Born 1943, Died May 1976, he was the lead singer and harmonica player for the group The Yardbirds from 1966 to 1968. Hits include “Heart Full of Soul” and “For Your Love”. Richmond Cemetery, Section 21, Grave number 301A.

Tom Richardson Born 1870, Died 1912. Cricketer, fast bowler, played for Surrey and England. Took 290 wickets in one season, a record that stood for 33 years. Lived in Richmond. 'He bowled his best but was himself bowled by the best on July 2nd 1912'. This memorial was restored with the help of The Environment Trust for Richmond upon Thames and Surrey Cricket Club. Richmond Cemetery, Section C, Grave number 629.

Major Gen. Sir Dudley Howard Ridout Born 1866, Died 1941. A member of the executive and legislative council of the Straits Settlements 1915-21 Richmond Cemetery, Section 8, grave number 9479.

Stephen Roberts, JP Born 1840, Died 1907. One of the first aldermen and magistrates of the Borough, Mayor of Richmond 1894-5. Member of Surrey County Council and Chairman of Richmond Charity Trustees. Lived at ‘Winterville’, Kew Road, Richmond. Richmond Cemetery, Section M, grave number 1459

William Ellsworth Robinson Born 1861 Died 1918. Member of the Magic Circle, who renovated the memorial in 1999. His performing name was “Chung Ling Soo”. Famous for his Music Hall act of catching bullets in his teeth. He died on stage during his act, in mysterious circumstances East Sheen Cemetery, Section B, grave numbers 219/220/221.

Dr. Ernst Roth Born 1896, Died 1971. Czech born music publisher with Boosey and Hawkes, friend and adviser of Stravinsky. Twickenham Cemetery, Section O, grave number 77 special`

Reginald Bertie Rowell A local architect designed the East Sheen Cemetery Chapel that was built in 1906. East Sheen Cemetery, Section H, grave number 11

Sir Charles Rugge-Price Born 1841, Died 1927. One time Chairman of the Richmond Petty Sessions and a Justice of the Peace. He was also Deputy Lieutenant for Surrey. Richmond Cemetery, Section P, Grave number 2750

Major Gen. Douglas Scott Born 1824, Died 1924. Railway engineer in India and the Sudan.
East Sheen Cemetery, Section C, grave number 146.

Leslie Stuart Born 1862 (christened Thomas Augustine Barrett), Died 1928. Composer of popular music. Best known composition was the song ‘Lily of Laguna’. Lived in Richmond at 122 Richmond Hill.
Richmond Cemetery, Section D, grave number 88

Rev. Montague Summers Born 1880, Died 1948. Well-known demonologist and writer of ghost stories. Historian of early English drama. Lived in Dynevor Road, Richmond.
Richmond Cemetery, Section 11, grave number 10818

George Sutcliffe Born 1878, Died 1943. Artist and craftsman
East Sheen Cemetery, Section S, grave number 30.

Sir James Weeks Szlumper Born 1834, Died 1926. Twice Mayor of Richmond, a civil engineer concerned with the construction of London’s underground railways. He lived in Holmesdale Road,
Richmond. Richmond Cemetery, Section O, grave number 2414

Thomas William Taylor Born 1879, Died 1932 Curator of the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew
Richmond Cemetery, Section X, grave number 5650

PC Stephen Andrew Tibble, QPM. Born 1953, died February 26th 1975. PC Tibble was a police constable in the London Metropolitan Police. During a chase through the Barons Court area of London, Tibble was shot and killed by a member of the IRA. He was posthumously awarded the Queens Police Medal for Gallantry and a memorial was erected at the spot where he was killed on Charleville Road in Barons Court. He was married and had been a serving officer for only six months.
Richmond Cemetery, Section 21, Grave number 469.

Lt.Gen. Sir Michael Tighe Born 1864, Died 1925. Had an active military career serving in Burma, China and Africa; a big game hunter. East Sheen Cemetery, Section C, grave number 316.

Co. Robert Thompson Born 1833, Died 1890. Commandant of Kneller Hall from 1880 to 1888. Twickenham Cemetery, Section B grave number 268.

Frank Albert Toombs Born 1911, Died 1940. Was one of the famous airmen who Prime Minister Winston Churchill referred to when he said: "Never have so many owed so much to so few". Pilot Officer Frank A Toombs was killed on active service when his aircraft mysteriously caught fire in mid-air. He was pulled from the wreckage, but died two days later from his wounds. In September 2005, a monument to "the few" was opened by Price Charles and it stands on Victoria Embankment commemorating the Royal Air Force airmen who defended Britain in the 1940 Battle of Britain. Richmond Cemetery, grave number 4298, Section T.

Robert John Tozer, died April 1892. One of the founders of Christ Church in Teddington. He laid the keystone of the chapels in Teddington Cemetery.
Teddington Cemetery, Section Du, grave number 280

Denis George Vaughan-Fowler. Born May 1910, Died August 1931. Pilot Officer Vaughan-Fowler of the 41st Squadron Royal Air Force, was killed as a result of a flying accident whilst carrying out his orders, night flying at Hawkinge. He graduated from the R.A.F. College at Cranwell, in the same class as the famed Douglas Bader, and his younger brother was a decorated pilot during World War II. East Sheen Cemetery, Grave number 87, section C.

Rev. Henry Venn Born 1796, Died 1873. Prebendary of St.Paul’s and, for over thirty years, honorary secretary of the Church Missionary Society. Mortlake Burial Ground, Row 18, grave number 76 - old church ground.

Patrick Michael Victory, Born 4 October 1919, Died 10 July 2006. He was the son of a regular Army warrant officer of the Royal Munster Fusiliers who won the Military Medal in the First World War. He qualified for a career in the Customs & Excise Service, but on the outbreak of war, enlisted and was commissioned to the Royal Artillery in time to join the 5th Regiment Royal Horse Artillery shortly after it’s return from Dunkirk. As a Forward Observation Officer in the fighting around Villers Bocage in June 1944, Victory had his Cromwell knocked out at close range but survived for the breakout from the east of the Normandy bridgehead and at the battle for Mount Pinçon. He was awarded an immediate Military Cross for killing the crew of an opposing anti-tank gun with a Bren light machine gun, not a usual role for a Gunner FOO, and ended the war in command of K Battery. He was mentioned in dispatches for his part in the North-West Europe campaign. Most unusually even in time of war, he was appointed OBE for his service in Korea - an MBE being the customary recognition for majors - and also received the US Bronze Star. Paddy Victory was a remarkable servant of both his country and his Church. He later served the Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Basil Hume, as assistant for public affairs. In this role, he played a crucial part in the successful campaign to overturn the convictions of the Guildford 4, for the IRA bombings in Guildford and Woolwich in 1974, and of the Maguire 7 on related charges of making explosives.Richmond Cemetery, Garden of Rest Grave number B201.

Sir Max Leonhardt Waechter, Born in Germany in 1837, Died 1924. High Sheriff of Surrey. Submitted a pamphlet on the federation of the States of Europe to all European governments and sovereigns. Presented Petersham Ait and Petersham Lodge to Richmond, founded and supported several convalescent homes. Lived in Terrace House, 128 Richmond Hill. Richmond Cemetery, Section H, grave number 3607.

John George Wagland Died 1892. State coachman to Queen Victoria 1857-1873. The Queen ordered his tombstone to be erected in the cemetery. Teddington Cemetery, Section Ec, grave number 23.

Maj. Frederick Edward Walter Born 1848, Died 1931. Commandant of the corps of commissionaires 1904 – 1931. Twickenham Cemetery, Section I, grave number 19.

Ian Homer Walters Born 9 April 1930 in Solihull, Birmingham, Died 6 August 2006. Sculptor and socialist whose work included statues of Mandela and Harold Wilson. At the time of his death, he was finishing a portrait of Stephen Hawking and planning one of Tony Banks. Planning permission was obtained for his statue of Sylvia Pankhurst, intended to stand on College Green, opposite the House of Lords. He had entered into a partnership with the Bronze Women Monument Project to build a memorial statue as a lasting legacy to black women the world over. The 7ft statue of a woman holding a young child above is set to be sited in Stockwell, Lambeth. In May 2006 the Society of Portrait Sculptors presented him with its highest award, the Jean Masson-Davidson Silver Medal, in recognition of his lifetime achievements. East Sheen Cemetery, Natural Burial Area, grave number 21.

Sir Frederick Wigan Born 1827, Died 1907. High Sheriff of Surrey 1894, hop merchant and church benefactor, he took a leading role in the formation of Southwark diocese. East Sheen Cemetery, Section D, Grave number 144.

Maj. Gen. Sir Willoughby G. Watkin Born 1859, Died 1925. Chief of General Staff in Canada. Grave details not recorded.

Fred Williams Died 1916. Music hall actor well known for his pantomime dame roles. Buried under his real name of Frederick Whittington Watts. Twickenham Cemetery, Section C, grave number E8.

George Frederick Wimbeldon Youngest son of the late Francis Francis, who died on 5th September 1890 aged 25 years. George was drowned while bathing in the Boca Grande, Mexico, and there is an inscription in memory of him on the memorial of Francis Francis, Twickenham Cemetery, Section D, grave number 194

Albert Howley Wittridge "Witt" Born 30 October 1922 in Teddington, died 23 April 2009. Witt Wittridge was a fighter pilot during the Burma campaign, later he became a test pilot flying a wide variety of aircraft used for the development of aero-engines. Aged just 17, at the height of the Battle of Britain, he travelled to Headquarters of Fighter Command to volunteer as a fighter pilot, but this unorthodox approach failed, so he joined the local Home Guard until he was called up in August 1941 to train as a pilot. When Witt was finally rested in April 1945, on leaving the Spitfires of No 155 Squadron he was assessed as "an exceptional fighter pilot" and awarded a DFC. He left the RAF in 1953 to join Armstrong Siddeley as a test pilot; in 1959 he transferred to Bristol Siddeley at Filton and later decided to resign to allow younger talent to advance. He worked as an aerial chauffeur to a multi-millionaire businessman until the injuries he had sustained in the RAF ended his flying career in 1975. He then worked as a meteorological officer in Birmingahm University until 1985. During his long flying career he had flown 120 different types of aircraft; another passion he held was for cars. Witt Wittridge was full of mischief and wit and wrote an evocative account of his life in 2004, called "An Evil Boy". When he had to have a hip replacement in later life, he insisted on having an epidural so that he could watch the proceedings. Teddington Cemetery, Section L, Grave number 1010A.

Sir Alfred Woodgate Born 1860 Died 1943. Civil servant and Mayor of Kingston from 1932 to 1935. Teddington Cemetery, Section Ec, grave number 30.

Sir Henry Willock Born 1790, Died 1858. Diplomat, he served in Persia 1822-1830, chairman of the East India Company 1844-1847. Grave details not recorded.

Sir William Hutt Curzon Wyllie Born 5 October 1848 in Cheltenham, died 1 July 1909 in South Kensington, London. He entered the Army in 1866, arrived in India in February 1867,and was promoted to Captain in October 1878. He served in India throughout his long and varied service. He made CIE in 1881, was promoted to Major in October 1886 and to lieutenant-Colonel in 1892. In March 1901 he was selected by Lord George Hamilton as his political aide-de-camp. He was appointed KCIE and MVO in 1902 and CVO in June 1907. He was assassinated whilst at the Imperial Institute in South Kensington. Richmond Cemetery Section L grave number 2330.

Updated: 3 August 2009