Professor Sir Arthur Schuster FRS (1851-1934) [PLOT 56]

Professor Sir Arthur Schuster FRS (1851-1934) [PLOT 56]

Mathematical Physicist.

Born in 1851 in Frankfurt Germany. The family moved to Manchester in 1869. He showed an interest in science from an early age and persuaded his father to allow him to study in this field. His studies lead him to become an expert in the areas of spectroscopy, electrochemistry, optics, X-radiography, and the application of harmonic analysis to physics. He was also credited with coining the concept of “antimatter”. He received a knighthood in 1920 for his work. After a long illness Arthur died on the 14th October 1934.

Sir Thomas Dakin (1808 – 1889) [The Ring]

Sir Thomas Dakin (1808 – 1889) [The Ring] City Businessman and Lord Mayor of London.  

Dakin was born in Knutsford, Cheshire on 8 February 1808, he was educated at Knutsford Grammar School and London University. He first worked for a wholesale and export druggist in the City which became Dakin Brothers in 1859 and had wide-ranging commercial interests. He promoted technical education and lectured on chemistry and electricity. He became a Freeman of the city of London in 1836, an Alderman in 1861, Sheriff in 1864 and Lord Mayor in 1869. He was elected MP in 1865 for Thetford in Norfolk and knighted at Windsor in 1872. 

Dakin was the first chairman of the London Necropolis Company 1853-1870

Sir Thomas Dakin died at his home in West Kensington aged 82 on 24 May 1889, following a short illness caused by a fall on a Thames Conservancy barge.


Edward Ford North (1842-1927)

Edward married Sir Thomas Dakin’s daughter Edith who died in 1917.  North was a director of the London Necropolis Company 1890-1927 and became the vice chairman in 1901.

Bolton Family Mausoleum Plot [Plot 34]

Within this Mausoleum lie Sir Samuel Bagster Boulton (1830-1918), an industrialist. He was chairman of Burt, Boulton and Haywood Ltd.  Boulton was also chairman of the Dominion Tar and Chemical Company, of the British-Australian Timber Company, and of the London Labour Conciliation and Arbitration Board 1899-1913.  The Mausoleum was built for his wife Sophia Louisa Boulton 1836-1900.  His son, Sir Harold Boulton 1859-1935, was an industrialist and lyricist.  He was director of his father’s firm and of the Baths Club Ltd.  Boulton published many volumes of songs and lyrics including the Skye Boat Song and Glorious Devon.  Boulton was the secretary of the Keats-Shelly Memorial Association 1906-1926 and was founder and chairman of the people’s palace in Mile End Road and of the East London Horticultural Society.  Boulton was also founder and president of the Federation of Working Men’s Social Clubs 1895-1930 and director of the Royal Academy of Music 1931.

Sir George Kendall Bushe Power, 7th Baronet of Kilfane 1846-1928 was a tenor.  He was a professor of voice production and singing and sang in Malta and Italy.  Power was the original Ralph Rackstraw in HMS Pinafore at the Opera Comique 1878 and the original Frederic in the Pirates of Penzance at the Opera Comique 1880.  He married Sir Samuel Boulton’s daughter Eva Gertrude in 1915.

This Neoclassical style Mausoleum is built within a plot 60ft by 36ft.  Constructed from white marble, the architect unknown, it features attached Ionic columns either side of the entrance which supports a pediment framed by the gable above.  The doorway has an Egyptian influence, and the bronze door depicts Christ as the Good Shepherd.

DAME REBECCA WEST (1892-1983) [PLOT 81]

DAME REBECCA WEST (1892-1983) [PLOT 81]

Author, reporter, literary critic.

Born Cicily Fairfield, she began writing for The Freewoman under the pseudonym “Rebecca West”. Her book ‘Henry James’ (published 1916) established her literary reputation. When she was 21, she began a liaison with H. G. Wells with whom she had a son (Anthony West). In 1930 Rebecca married the banker Henry Andrews. Rebecca was made CBE in 1949 and DBE in 1959. She was a witness for the defence in 1960, in the D H Lawrence case about his book Lady Chatterley’s Lover. After her husband had died, she bought an apartment overlooking Hyde Park, which was next to the Iranian Embassy and in May 1980 during the Iranian Embassy siege, she was one of the residents that had to be evacuated from her home. She was a lady with strong political views, a supporter of the suffragettes, and found herself on Hitler’s blacklist. In her time, she wrote many fictional and non-fictional novels.

Khurshid Hassan Drabu CBE (8 March 1946 to 20 April 2018) [Plot M4]

Khurshid Hassan Drabu, was the first Muslim judge in Britain serving on immigration and asylum matters, and one of the most influential and senior figures in the Muslim community in the UK. He devoted his life to working for community cohesion and promoting dialogue between faiths.

Khurshid was born in Srinagar, Kashmir to Ghulam Nabi Drabu and Zarifa. He studied at Tynedale Biscoe School, and then Sri Pratap College to complete a BA in Political Science. In 1969 he completed a law degree at Aligarh University. He played first class cricket for Jammu and Kashmir cricket team from 1963 to 1970 as an opening batsmen and he once hit the Indian cricketer Bishan Bedi for four fours in one over.

In November 1971, he moved to England with £3 in his pocket and became a law lecturer. He was called to the bar in 1977.  Between 1978 and 1980 he served as an advocate in the high court in Kashmir before returning to England to specialise in immigration law.

In 1987, he became deputy director of the Immigration Advisory Service, helping advise immigrants upon their rights. He became well known for his expertise in immigration law winning a number of landmark cases. He was described by a Home Office minister as “the authority in immigration law”.

In 1990, he became the first deputy legal director and head of litigation of the Commission for Racial Equality, a position he held until 1997. While at the Commission for Racial Equality, Drabu was in charge of reviewing the Race Relations Act 1976.

In his judicial career he served for 12 years as president of the Mental Health Review Tribunal. In 1996, he was appointed to the Immigration and Asylum Tribunal. He became vice president of the Tribunal in 2000 and served there until 2007. He still heard cases after retirement in the Upper-Tier Immigration Tribunal and was a visiting lecturer at the University of Middlesex.

Khurshid was one of the founders of the Muslim Council of Britain, an umbrella body with over 500 mosques and charitable organisations affiliated to it. He helped draft its constitution and served as its legal adviser to the MCB. After the July 2007 bombings in London, Drabu (amongst others) set up the Mosques and Imams National advisory Board with the aim of promoting good governance in mosques and higher standards for Imams.

For Khurshid, the issues of our time and for the wider community were urgent ones. In 2005 he spoke about his fears for a young generation of British Muslims who found themselves alienated, caught between western modernity and their own religious and social traditions. He wanted Muslim youth to see the best of Islam without being alienated, and the same could be said for non-Muslims who were in contact with him: for his was a life devoted to the meeting of minds.

Khurshid also found the time to serve as an adviser to the Ministry of Defence and encouraged Muslims to join the armed forces. Under his tenure, the number of Muslims serving in the armed forces increased from 25 to almost 800.

In the 2010 Queen’s Birthday Honours, he was awarded a CBE for “bringing communities together”.

He once said “my inspiration for putting in the long hours for community work is the future of my children and grandchildren and the nation as a whole. I use hope that one day we will live in a society where there is a better understanding of each other. That is all I seek really.”