Putney Vale Cemetery - Notable Burials and Cremations

Notable Burials and Cremations

Funerals held at Putney Vale include those of:

  • Julie Alexander, actress and model
  • Dev Anand, Indian film actor
  • Arthur Askey, comedian and actor
  • Sir Stanley Baker, Welsh actor and film producer
  • Sir Henry George Outram Bax-Ironside, British diplomat, ambassador to Venezuela, Chile, Switzerland and Bulgaria
  • James Beck, actor noted for his role as Private Joe Walker, the Cockney spiv in the sitcom Dad's Army
  • Admiral 1st Baron Beresford, following state funeral at St Paul's Cathedral.
  • Lillian Board MBE, silver medal-winning Olympian
  • Kate Carney, famed music hall singer and comedienne
  • Howard Carter, archaeologist and Egyptologist, noted as a primary discoverer of the tomb of Tutankhamun.
  • Admiral Herbert Charles Campbell da Costa, Royal Navy flag officer in First World War
  • Harry Cunningham Brodie, MP for Reigate (1906-1910) and major in Middlesex Yeomanry
  • Sandy Denny, singer, songwriter and member of Fairport Convention
  • Henry Fielding Dickens, barrister and the eighth of 10 children born to author Charles Dickens and his wife Catherine.
  • Kenelm Lee Guinness, local resident and member of Guinness brewing family, early motor racer and entrepreneur behind the famous Putney Vale-made KLG spark plugs
  • James Hunt, Formula One Grand Prix world champion
  • Hattie Jacques, comedy actress who appeared in many Carry On films
  • John Ingram, 32, a grave digger at Putney Vale who died in a freak accident, hit in the chest from a stray bullet from the rifle range at Wimbledon Common. Buried yards from where he fell, leaving a pregnant wife and infant daughter. Every May 22 local resident John Cooper lay flowers on the man's grave.
  • J. Bruce Ismay, chairman of White Star Line and a passenger of its ship RMS Titanic, and wife Julia Florence Ismay
  • Alexander Kerensky, exiled former Russian prime minister and leading figure in the Russian revolution of 1917, until Vladimir Lenin took over
  • Lady Hazel Lavery, painter
  • Sir John Lavery, painter
  • Rosa Lewis, hotelier of the Cavendish, Jermyn Street, known as the "Queen of Cooks" and "Duchess of Duke Street"
  • Sir John William Lorden, resident of Ravenswood, Putney Hill and former president of the National Federation of Property Owners and Ratepayers
  • Daniel Massey, Canadian-British actor and Golden Globe award recipient
  • Hilary Minster, British actor
  • Bobby Moore OBE, captain of West Ham United for more than 10 years and captain of the England team that won the 1966 World Cup
  • Kenneth More, character actor post-Second World War
  • John Morley, 1st Viscount Morley of Blackburn OM, politician, ashes buried here after cremation at Golders Green
  • Jennifer Paterson, TV chef of Two Fat Ladies fame
  • Jon Pertwee, noted Doctor Who actor, cremated with a toy Worzel Gummidge affixed to his coffin
  • Roy Plomley OBE, creator of the world's longest running radio programme, BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs
  • Nyree Dawn Porter OBE, actress
  • Sir Edward J Reed, 19th century constructor of the Royal Navy, MP, author and railway magnate
  • Alfred Joseph Richards, First World War recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • George Reid, former prime minister of Australia
  • Sir Ronald Ross, discoverer of malaria transmission by mosquitoes
  • Eugen Sandow, the Prussian known as the father of modern bodybuilding
  • Richard Seaman, noted pre-Second World War Grand Prix drivers for Mercedes-Benz, who still maintain his grave
  • Vladek Sheybal, a Polish character actor
  • Joan Sims, comedy actress including Carry On films
  • Edwin Tate, son of Henry Tate of Tate & Lyle sugar refining fame, in a family mausoleum inscribed with the family motto "Thincke and Thancke"
  • Vesta Tilley, born Matilda Alice Powles, a male impersonator, who was a star in both Britain and the US for over 30 years.
  • Annie Zunz, Irish wife (nee Bassett) of German iron magnate Siegfried Zunz
  • Siegfried Rudolf Zunz, German iron merchant who had come to London from Frankfurt-am-Main in 1860, built Ivyhurst in Edge Hill Wimbledon, SW20 (only the lodge to Ivyhurst remains, the large detached house was replaced in 1935 by Edge Hill Court, a U-shaped block of flats). Childless Siegfried in his will instructed his executors and trustees to give £25,000 (about £1.9 million today) to a London hospital to build and maintain forever a ward named “The Annie Zunz ward”, and that a life-sized photograph of Annie was to be hung in that ward. The surplus of his estate was to be given to other London hospitals to support Annie Zunz wards.

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