Boris Berezovsky (1946-2013) [PLOT 4]

Russian businessman, government official and mathematician.

Boris Abramovich Berezovsky, also known as Platon Elenin, was a Russian business oligarch, government official, engineer, and mathematician. He was a member of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Berezovsky was politically opposed to the President of Russia Vladimir Putin since Putin’s election in 2000 and remained a vocal critic of Putin for the rest of his life. In late 2000, after the Russian Deputy Prosecutor General demanded that Berezovsky appear for questioning, he did not return from abroad and moved to the UK, which granted him political asylum in 2003. In Russia, he was later convicted in absentia of fraud and embezzlement. The first charges were brought during Primakov’s government in 1999. Despite an Interpol Red Notice for Berezovsky’s arrest, Russia repeatedly failed to obtain the extradition of Berezovsky from Britain, which became a major point of diplomatic tension between the two countries.

Berezovsky made his fortune in Russia in the 1990s, when the country went through privatization of state property. He profited from gaining control over various assets, including the country’s main television channel, Channel One. In 1997, Forbes estimated Berezovsky’s wealth at US$3 billion. He was at the height of his power in the later Yeltsin years, when he was deputy secretary of Russia’s security council, a friend of Boris Yeltsin’s influential daughter Tatyana, and a member of the Yeltsin “family” (inner circle). Berezovsky helped fund Unity, the political party that formed Vladimir Putin’s parliamentary base, and was elected to the Duma on Putin’s slate. However, following the Russian presidential election in March 2000, Berezovsky went into opposition and resigned from the Duma. After he moved to Britain, the government took over his television assets, and he divested from other Russian holdings.

In 2012, Berezovsky lost a London High Court case he brought over the ownership of the major oil producer Sibneft, against Roman Abramovich, in which he sought over £3 billion in damages. The court concluded that Berezovsky had never been a co-owner of Sibneft.
Berezovsky was found dead at his home, Titness Park, at Sunninghill, near Ascot in Berkshire, on 23 March 2013. A post-mortem examination found that his death was consistent with hanging and that there were no signs of a violent struggle. However, the coroner at the inquest into Berezovsky’s death later recorded an open verdict.

Sir Cosmo Edmund Duff-Gordon, 5th Baronet DL (22nd July 1862-20th April 1931) [Plot 25]

Sir Cosmo Duff-Gordon was a prominent Scottish landowner and sportsman, best known for the controversy surrounding his escape from the sinking of the RMS Titanic.

Educated at Eton, Sir Cosmo lived a life of comfort and privilege. He was a first-class fencer and represented Britain at the 1908 Olympic Games. Sir Cosmo and his wife were travelling on the Titanic under the assumed name of Mr and Mrs Morgan. They along with his wife’s secretary, occupied lifeboat No.1. This had 12 people in it, although the boat was designed for 40.

His wife Lucy Christiana Sutherland, Lady Duff Gordon (1863-1935) was a famous fashion designer.


Sarah Eleanor Smith (1861-1931) [PLOT 32]

Sarah Eleanor Smith (1861-1931) [PLOT 32]

Widow of Captain Edward J Smith, Captain of the Titanic, who was lost at sea as the liner sank on its maiden voyage in April 1912.  Mrs Smith was gravely injured when she was knocked down by a taxi in London and died at St Mary Abbot’s Hospital, Kensington on 28th April 1931.

Lady Henry Somerset (1852-1921) [PLOT 46]

Advocate of temperance and women’s welfare.

Born Lady Isabella Caroline Somers-Cocks; 3rd August 1851 was a British philanthropist, temperance leader and campaigner for women’s rights. As president of the British Women’s Temperance Association she spoke at the first World’s Woman’s Christian Temperance Association convention in Boston in 1891.

Sir Alex Meadows Rendel (1829-1918) [PLOT 45]

Civil Engineer.
Born on the 3rd April, 1829, educated at King’s College, Canterbury, and Trinity College, Cambridge, he began his engineering career under his father, the late James Meadows Rendel, on the death of his father, in 1856, he succeeded him in the business.
He was appointed engineer to the London Dock Co, and among the works carried out in the Port of London for which he was responsible were the Hermitage Wharf, the Shadwell Basin, and the extension of the Victoria Dock, now the Royal Albert Dock.

He was responsible also for the Edinburgh and Albert Docks at Leith. Other docks designed by him were Workington, Llanelly and Kirkaldy, and Milford. His principal work, however, lay in India. In 1857, he was appointed consulting engineer to the East Indian Railway, and, in 1872, became consulting engineer to the Secretary of State for India. From that time onward he was responsible for the building up of the great State railway system, for the construction of many thousands of miles of railways, and for the bridging of most of the great rivers in that country, notably the Upper Sone Bridge on the East Indian Railway, the Alexandra Bridge over the Chenab, the Lansdowne Bridge over the Indus at Sukkar, the Hardinge Bridge over the Ganges, and the Empress Bridge over the Sutlej.

Other railway work of somewhat less importance, Sir Alexander Rendel was consulting engineer for the Uganda Railway, for the Egyptian Light Delta Railways, and for the Mexican Railway Company.

Sir Alexander Rendel was elected a Member of The Institution of Civil Engineers in 1862 and served as a Member of the Council from 1880 to 1883.
He died in London on the 23rd January 1918.