Music Hall and Variety Artistes Burial Places
This page is an attempt to list some of the burial and resting places of the music hall and variety artistes of the Victorian and Edwardian era. If you have any information you would like to add to this page please Contact me.
Artistes Names Alphabetically
Samuel Adams - Music Hall Proprietor - West Norwood Cemetery, Norwood High St. S.E.27 - Grave 25,215 - Square 95 - No trace of headstone remains
Freddie (Frederick Charles) Bamberger, Music Hall
pianist - The Eastern Suburbs Memorial Park, Sydney, Australia - Location
Add-Anglican FM dd Grave 69 - buried 28 August 1975 - Age 72.
Charles Bertam ( James Bassett ) - Known as the King's Conjuror - West Norwood Cemetery, Norwood High St. S. E. 27 - Grave 31,826 - Square 82 - Headstone with a rugged cross on top still exists.
Walford Bodie (Dr.) Conjurer, ventriloquist and faith healer - Doune Churchyard, MacDuff in Banffshire - His assistants Mystic Marie d 1906 and La Belle Electra d 1919 are buried close to him - d 1939
William John Maurice Bottle, otherwise known as 'Datas, the Memory Man', star of the music halls from 1901 with his amazing memory feats. He was born William John Maurice in Newnham, Kent and married in 1897 in Lewisham, he later changed his real name to Bottle and is a distant relative of Ted Bottle. Datas died in 1957 in Croydon and was buried in Bandon Hill Cemetery, Wallington, Surrey, Plot number XD466, together with his wife. The grave has no headstone, but the inscriptions are to be found on the kerbstones. - b 1875 d 1956
Albert Alex Bowlly (Albert Allick "Al"
Bowlly) - Singer, guitarist, songwriter, composer and band leader
- Buried in a mass grave at the Westminster Cemetery, Uxbridge Road,
Hanwell - b 1898 d 17th April,
1941 from a bomb in Jermyn Street, London.
Brierly Jack - Ford cemetary, Liverpool - Member of "THE THREE MACS," well known for their version of "MULDOON'S TENEMENT." Jack was also a boxer (glove fighter,) as were his five brothers, and performed successfully on the stage and in the ring during the 1880s and 1890s. - b 1870 d 1897
Herbert Campbell - Singer & Comedian - Abney Park Cemetery, Stoke Newington High St. N. 16
Kate Carney - Putney Vale Cemetery D5 No 47 - b 1869 d 1950 - buried with her husband and son.
Harry Champion - Cockney Music Hall singer, hits included
'Any Old Iron, Boiled Beef and Carrots, I'm Henry The Eighth I am
and many more - East Finchley Cemetery N3 - b 1866
Albert Chevalier - Singer & Coster Comedian - Abney Park Cemetery, Stoke Newington High St. N. 16 - Buried in same Plot as George Leybourne! ( New Road J8 )
Paul Cinquevalli - Juggler - West Norwood Cemetery, Norwood High St. S. E. 27 - Grave 32,152 - Square 82 - Monument on family plot still exists. b 1859 d 1918
Harry Clifton - Music Hall vocalist - Kensal Green
Cemetery - d 1872.
Charles Coburn - Singer of The Man who broke the Bank
At Monte Carlo and Two Lovely Black Eyes - Old Brompton Cemetery -
Real name Colin Whitton McCallum - b 1852
d 1945 - buried with his wife and daughter.
Albert Collcott - Music Hall Scene Painter - Nunhead Cemetery, Linden Grove, Nr. Peckham, Sth. London. S. E. 15 - His unmarked grave is in Square 65.
Lottie Collins - Singer - Edmonton cemetery - b 1866 d 3rd May 1910 - her real name wass Charlotte Louise Tate - then married to Music Hall lyricist J. Tate who is buried not far from Marie Lloyd in Hampstead.
Sam Collins - Singer - Kensal Green Cemetery, Harrow Rd. N. W. 10 - Tombstone engraved ' Farewell, Good natured, Honest hearted Sam, Until we meet before the great i am ' His Irish hat and Shillelagh are carved on the Tombstone. b 1826 d 1865
Arthur Conquest - Acrobat & Animal Impersonator - West Norwood Cemetery, Norwood High St. S. E. 27 - Grave 32,491 - Square 108 - Scroll type Monument still exists. b 1875 d 1945
David Devant - Conjuror - Highgate Cemetery West, Swains Lane, N. 6. b 1868 d 1941
Phyllis Dixey - "The Girl the Lord Chamberlain Banned" Singer and Entertainer, famous for her own Strip Shows at the Whitehall Theatre, 'The Whitehall Follies.' - Died at her home in Burgh Heath Road, Epsom on the 2nd June ,1964. - Buried in Epsom and Ewell Cemetery, Grave No. V27, in the Catholic Section, restored in late 2005 by the British Music Hall Society. - b 1914 d 1964.
Josh Dixon - Real name James Drysdale Dickson - Comedian,
Dancer, singer of 'The lighthouse keeper" and "The cabby"
and later Stage Door Keeper and Call Boy at the Victoria
Palace Theatre during the Crazy Gang period - Streatham park cemetery
Private grave No. 2435 sq 8 variety artistes plot - b 1874
T. E. Dunville - Singer & Comedian - Buried Nr. Bridport, Dorset. - Grave marked with a white cross with the words ' Jesus Wept ' Sadly, he Committed Suicide.
Fred Earle - Comic, son of Joseph Tabrar, next to his grave is Billy Williams - d 1915
Tom Edwards - Ventriloquist - West Norwood Cemetery, Norwood High St. S. E. 27. - Grave 35,152 - Square 89 - Family monument still exists. b 1879 d 1933
Joe Elvin - Cockney Comedian - Burried next to his
good friend, the Music Hall star Eugene Stratton (See below) in Bandon
Hill Cemetery, Wallington Surrey - b 1862
Norman Evans - Comedian - Carelton Cemetery, Blackpool. - Headstone is in the form of a Garden Wall.
Will Evans - (William Edward Evans) - Music Hall and
Pantomime performer, son of the pantomime clowns Fred Evans and Amy
Rosaling - Lambeth Cemetery, Grave 437 D1 Cons - b 1875
Bud Flanagan - Singer & Comedian - Golders Green Crematorium, Hoop Lane, N. 11. Plot : Lawn.
George Formby Snr. - Singer & Comedian - Warrington Cemetery, Warrington, Cheshire.
George Formby Jnr. - Singer & Comedian - Warrington Cemetery, Warrington, Cheshire.
Tom Foy - Comedian - Brompton Cemetery, Old Brompton Rd. London. S. W. 5. - b 1866 d 1917
Will Fyffe - Comedian - Western Necropolis, Glasgow.
Joe Griffiths - Part of The Griffiths Brothers and also a co-founder of the water rats- Highgate Cemetery - d 1901.
Tommy Handley - Comedian - Golders Green Crematorium, Hoop Lane, N. 11.
Arthur Haynes - Comedian - Hammersmith New Cemetery, Clifford Ave. S. W. 14. - b 1914 d 1966
Richars Hearne ( Mr. Pastry ) - Comedian - St. Mary's, Platt, Nr. Borough Green, Kent.
Dick Henderson - Comedian - St. Mary's R. C. Cemetery, Harrow Rd. N. W. 10. - b 1891 d 1958.
Leslie Henson - Singer/ Revue Artist - Golders Green Crematorium, Hoop Lane, N. 11.
George Honey - Comedian - Highgate Cemetery East, Swains Lane, N. 6. - d 1880 ( May 28th. )
A. B. Houghton - Upside Down trick Pianist - West Norwood Cemetery, Norwood High St. S. E. 27. - Grave 22,638 - Square 122 - No Headstone now remains. b 1866 d 1925
G. W. Hunt - Songwriter, wrote many of Arthur Lloyd's songs - Born and died in the same years too - Abney Park Cemetery, Stoke Newington High St. N. 16. - Plot is C6 in Little Elm Walk - b 1839 d 1904
James Baker Husk - Musical-hall chairman of the Cider Cellar, Dr Johnson's Tavern, The Oxford and Royal Music Halls - Highgate cemetery grave no 23301 - Members of the Alhambra theatre cast attended the funeral 23rd May 1879 - b 1811 d 1879
Leslie ' Hutch ' Hutchinson - Singer - Highgate Cemetery East, Swaines Lane, N. 6. - Plot : Near entrance, Immediately on Right. d 1969.
Alexander Muir Hyslop - Piano accompanist to the silent movies in music halls - Lodgehill Cemetery, Harborne, in an unmarked grave - b 1886 d 1963
Jack Judge - Singer and originator of the World War
One song; "It's along way to Tipperary"
Marie Kendall - Music Hall comedienne, principal boy
and singer, whose most famous song was 'Just Like The Ivy (I'll cling
to you) Marie appeared in the first
Royal Variety Performance in 1912.- b 1873
Fred Kitchen - Singer & Comedian - West Norwood Cemetery, Norwood High St. S. E. 27. - Grave 32,791 - Square 68/80. - Family Monument still exists. - b 1872 d 1951.
Bertha King - Real Name: Bertha (nee Sandeman) Bierman - One of the Ardoz trio, trapeze and music hall artists touring the UK and Europe in the early 1900s - Died at Brinsworth House, Staines Rd, Twickenham, the VAF Home - b 1884 d 1979
Katty King, Arthur Lloyd's wife - Actress and Music Hall Performer - Abney Park Cemetery, Stoke Newington - (Buried with her daughter Maude Emily Olivia Lloyd d 1880, and her son Harry Lloyd's wife Margaret Leigh Lloyd d - 1904) - b 1851 d 1891.
Hetty King - Male impersonator, her hits include Piccadilly, and All The Nice Girls Love A Sailor. - Golders Green Crematorium - b 1883 d 1972.
Charlie Kunz - American bandleader and popular piano soloist - Streatham Park Cemetery.
Lafayette ( The Great ) - Illusionist - Piershill Cemetery, Edinburgh.
Walter Laburnham (George Walter Davis) - Cockney comedian and singer. Buried in Abney Park Cemetery, not far from his old friend George Leybourne who greatly influenced his career. Epitaph reads "A true friend to all who knew him" - b 1847 d Good Friday 1902.
Arthur Lennard - Best knnow as the singer of "Skylark, skylark" - St. Nicholas Churchyard, Shoreham. - d 1955
Lew Lake - Comedian - Abney Park Cemetery, Stoke Newington High St. N. 16.
Frederick Laroche (Born Frederick Morris) - Comic Singer who performed with his wife Madame Laroche (Real name Agnes Morris) serio comic vocalist, both also toured with Arthur Lloyd for two years - Norwood Cemetery - d 1881
Harry Lauder - Singer & Comedian - Bent Cemetery, Hamilton.
Bert Lee - Songwriter - Ormes Head, Llandudno.
Will Lennon - West Norwood Cemetery, Norwood High St. S. E. 27. - Grave 27,528 - Square 50 - Memorial still exists. His wife is also buried with him and they both perfomed on the Music Halls. - b 1854 d 1898 ( Wife b 1851 d 1897 )
Fred Leslie - Leading comedian in some Gaiety productions - Charlton Cemetery, Cemetery Lane, London. SE7
Letine ( George Gorin ) - Leader of a Troupe of Acrobatic Cyclists - Nunhead Cemetery, Linden Grove, Nr. Peckham, S. E. 15. - His Grave is in Square 42, but the Pedestal has been removed. He was Murdered outside the Canterbury Music Hall on 2nd. June 1889
George Leybourne - Singer - Abney Park Cemetery, Stoke
Newington High St. N. 16. - Buried in same plot as Albert Chevalier.
George Leybourne had died penniless (15th September 1884)
and it was not until 5th December 1891
that a headstone was erected to mark his grave in Abney Park Cemetery,
Stoke Newington, paid for by Dan Leno and the Grand Order of Water
Rats. He was joined in his grave by not only his grandson Frederick,
but also Frederick's father - none other than the great Albert Chevalier,
and Frederick's mother - Leybourne's daughter Florence. But he was
not actually joined by his wife. The epitaph is 'God's finder touched
him and he slept'.
Marie Lloyd - Singer - Hampstead Cemetery, Fortune Green Rd. N. W. 6 - b 1870 d 1922
Marie Lloyd jnr - Daughter of Marie Lloyd (See above) - Hampstead Cemetery, Fortune Green Rd. N. W. 6 - b 1888 d 1967. She is buried with her mother and her grandparents.
Cecilia Loftus - Scottish actress, singer, and music hall performer in the late 19th and early 20th centuries - Valhalla Cemetery, Westchester, NY - b 1876 d 1943
Tommy Lorne - Comedian - Auld Isle Cemetery, Kirkintilloch.
Jack Lotto - Head of the Lotto trick cycling family. A co-founder of GOWR and the third member of 'Old Joe's (Elvin) Treble' Buried next to Joe and Eugene Stratton at Bandon Hill Cemetery. B 1857 D 1944
Frank Matcham - Architect - Highgate Cemetery East, Swains Lane, N. 6.
Ernie Mayne - (Percy Ernest Barratt) - Music Hall Artist - Section A, Grave 1D, New West Border, Mill Lane Cemetery, Shoreham, Sussex Aged 62 - Wife buried with him 1950 - At Christmas 1936 he came out of retirement to make his last appearance in a Worthing pantomime, "Robinson Crusoe" at the Connaught Theatre. - b 1871 d 1937.
Ambrose Maynard - Comic Vocalist - Nunhead Cemetery, Linden Grove, Nr. Peckham, S. E. 15. - His Grave is in Square 56 and is marked by a Headstone.
Tom McNaughton - Formed The Brothers McNaughton with
his brother Fred. Tom married Alice Lloyd (Marie Lloyd's sister) in
1894 - Hampstead Cemetery
- d 1923
Lex McLean - Comedian - His ashes are above the Proscenium Arch of the Pavillion Theatre, Glasgow !
Max Miller - Comedian - Downs Crematory, Brighton.
Victoria Monks - Music Hall singer, famed for her song "Wont You Come Home Bill Bailey" and billed as John Bull's Girl - St.Mary's Roman Catholic Cemetery nr Harlesden - b 1884 d 1927
Ernest Potter Morgan - Actor manager / Manager of
Hippodrome c.1905 - b
1864 - d 1927. And Ada Ella
Morgan (nee Hollingsworth) - Acted under her maiden name and as Ada
Morgan - b 1864 - d 1938
- Both burried at Hammersmith Cemetery, Mortlake.
Lily Morris - commedienne, known for her songs 'Why Am I Always The bridesmaid and Don't Have Any More Missus More", amongst many others. - Southgate Cemetery Plot D 1472 - (married name: McDougall) b 1884 d 1952.
Jolly JOHN NASH (1830-1901)
singer and friend of Arthur Lloyd,
performing with him on countless occasions including the first ever
performance before Royalty by command. Known also as The Laughing
Blacksmith - Fulham Cemetery - b 1830
Jimmy Nervo - (Real name James Henry Holloway) Acrobat, Comedian - St. Marylebone Cemetery, East End Rd. N. 3. - b 1897 d 1975.
Harry Nicholls - A mainstay of the Theatre Royal Drury Lane pantomimes between 1880 and 1890, under the direction of Augustus Harris ("Druriolanus") many of which he wrote or co-wrote himself - Chiswick Old Cemetery - b 1852 d 1926.
Novello Ivor - David Ivor Davies - (Novello was his mother's maiden name) - Composer, author and actor-manager, he composed and starred in "Glamorous Night" 1935, "Careless Rapture" 1936, "Crest of the Wave" 1937, "The Dancing Years" 1939, "Perchance to Dream" 1945, "King's Rhapsody" 1949. Other musicals included "Arc de Triomphe" 1943 and "Gay's the Word" 1951. - Born in Cardiff 1893 - Died in his flat above the Novello Theatre, London 5 March 1951. - Ashes interred under a great lilac tree at Golders Green Crematorium, London ("We'll Gather Lilacs") - b 1893 d 1951.
OMI - the tattooed man, buried Chalvington Church Yard, Sussex.
Edmund James Payne - Music Hall Actor, Singer, Comedian and Dramatist - Abney Park Cemetery, Stoke Newington, No: 123207, Section J08, a couple of plots along from George Leybourne and Frederick Chevalier - b 1864 d 1914.
Sam Poluski ( Samuel Govett ) - Comedian - Lambeth Cemetery, Blackshaw Rd. S. W. 17. - b 1866 d 1922.
Will Poluski - Comedian - Golders green Crematorium, Hoop Lane, N. W. 11.
J. J. Poole - Music Hall Proprietor - Abney Park Cemetery, Stoke Newington High St. N. 16.
Nelly Power - Singer - Abney Park Cemetery, Stoke Newington High St. N. 16.
Harry Prescott - Seven Royal Hindustans - Streatham
Park Cemetery - b ? d 1935
Arthur Prince - Ventriloquist - Hampstead Cemetery, Fortune Green Rd. N. W. 6. - He was Buried with his Dummy ' Jim ' . - b 1881 d 1948.
Pat Raferty - Singer of patriotic Irish songs - Hills
Cemetery, Horsham,West Sussex - d 1952
Frank Randle (Real name, Arthur Hughes but took the name Arthur McEvoy when his mother married Richard McEvoy) ( Comedian ), Carlton Cemetery, Blackpool. Headstone reads ' I got nothing that I asked for, But everything I hoped for, Despite myself my prayers were answered, I was among all men richly blessed'. - b 1901 - d July 7th 1957.
Harry Randall - Leading Music Hall Comedian and Pantomime dame - Hampstead Cemetery, not far from Tom McNaughton (See above) - b 1860 d 1932.
Ella Retford - Irish born Music Hall singer and actress,
hits included Under the Honeymoon Tree and Hello There Little Tommy
Atkins - East Sheen Cemetery, Richmond
- d 1962.
Arthur Roberts - Comedian & Actor - Paddington Cemetery, Willesdon Lane, N. W. 2. - The site of the Grave has not yet been found. - b 1852 d 1933.
George Robey (Sir) - Knighted shortly before he died and known as the Prime Minister of Mirth. Went onto become a classical actor - Cremated at Downs Crematorium, Brighton - No permanent memorial - d 1954
William Gribbon Ross - Music Hall Performer, Singer, famous for his song 'I am Sam Hall', a ballad about a chimney sweep condemned to death, which he sang for nearly ten years - Kensal Green Cemetery, Harrow Rd - b 1819 d 1881.
William Ellsworth Robinson AKA Chung Ling Soo - Magician - who famously died on stage at the Wood Green Empire performing Defying the Boxers or catching the bullet trick - East Sheen Cemetery, Richmond, Surrey - b 1861 d 1918.
Eugene Sandow - Strongman - Putney Vale Cemetery, Kingston Rd. S. W. 15.
Mark Sheridan - Singer & Comedian - Cathcart Cemetery, Edinburgh.
Ella Sheilds - Male impersonator, famous for singing Burlington Bertie from Bow, Adeline, and If You Knew Susie. - Golders Green Crematorium - b 1879 d 1952.
Sammy Shields ( Alexander Young ) - Comic Vocalist - West Norwood Cemetery, Norwood High St. S. E. 27 - Grave 38,272 - Square 94 - His Grey Granite cross Tombstone still exists. b 1872 d 1933.
Charles Dundas Slater - Music Hall Proprietor - West Norwood Cemetery, Norwood High St. S. E. 27. - Grave 23,252 - Square 47 - Charles committed suicide in the back of a cab. There is no trace of a monument. b 1852 d 1912.
Edward Askew Sothern - Comedian - Famed for his portrayal of Lord Dundreary in Tom Taylor's Our American Cousin at the Haymarket Theatre which ran for nearly five hundred performances - Municipal Cemetery by Southampton Common - b 1826 d 1881.
Eugeen Stratton - Music Hall Star - buried next to
friend Joe Elvin (See above) - Bandon Hill Cemetery, Wallington, Surrey
- b 1861 d 1918
Harry Tate - Comedian - St. Mary's, Northolt -b 1872 - d 1940 - I am told that Harry Tate is in the parish registers of St Mary's Northolt. He was buried on the 18th of February 1940. He had been living at 42 Court Farm Rd, Northolt but died at springfield hospital SW17 - Info courtesy Dawn Trafford.
J. W. TATE - Composer or many songs including
his famous "A
Alfred Herbert Taylor (Stage Name: Dan Rolyat) - British actor / comedian early 1900s - Streatham Park Cemetery - d 1927
Little Tich - Comedian - East Finchley Cemetery, Finchley, ( Formerly St. Marylebone ), East End Rd. N. 3.
Marie Tyler ( Marian Louise Wheeler ) - Male Impersonator - Nunhead Cemetery, Linden Grove, Nr. Peckham, S. E. 15. - Buried in Square 138 - Although a Headstone exists, it is very difficult to find. - b 1875 d 1905.
The Great Vance - Singer - Nunhead Cemetery, Linden Grove, Nr. Peckham, S. E. 15. - Nothing now marks his resting place as the Council destroyed his Headstone. His grave is on the Left hand side of the Scouts Path facing the open space behind the Chapel. b 1838 d 1888
Vesta Victoria - Music Hall performer - Cremated at Golders Green and Lilac tree planted in her memory, which has since died. - b 1873 d 1951
Harry Weldon - Music Hall Comedian, married comedienne
Hilda Clyder - Hampstead Cemetery - b 1881
Billy Williams (Richard Isaac Banks) - Singer, Billed as The Man in the Velvet Suit - Section A, Row 15, Grave 5, Mill Lane Cemetery, Shoreham, Sussex, Father Richard Shaw, died 1914, buried next to him, and grave also next to Fred Earle - b 1878 d 1915.
James Woodward (Captain) - Worked with seals and sealions on stage and has a magnificent bronze memorial in Ramsgate Cemetery - d 1933
Joseph Woodward - Sea Lion Act - Golders Green Crematorium, Hoop Lane, N. W. 11. - b 1872 d 1945.
Tom Wootwell - Comic Singer - Buried with his wife in Milton Cemetery, Portsmouth - d 1941
Erected in Loving Remembrance of the Following Artistes of the Variety Profession
Above - The Streatham Park Variety Artistes Memorial in April
2013 - Courtesy Adrian Barry. The Memorial was erected by the Variety
Artistes Benevolent Fund in 1924. The names
are of those buried in that particular cemetery. Restoration of the
Memorial was begun in 2009 by the charitable organisation 'The
Music Hall Guild of Great Britain and America' who also plan to
transform the former VABF chapel into a permanent exhibition.
This list of names on the The Streatham Park Cemetery Variety Artistes Memorial was very kindly compiled and sent in for inclusion on the site in 2009 by Dai Bevan.
Above - A close up view of the Streatham Park Cemetery Variety Artistes Memorial photographed in 2009 - Courtesy Dai Bevan.
Erected in Loving Remembrance of the following Artistes of the variety profession
Above - The Twickenham Cemetery Variety Artistes Memorial photographed in 2009 - Courtesy Dai Bevan
This list of names on the The Twickenham Cemetery Variety Artistes Memorial was very kindly compiled and sent in for inclusion on the site in 2009 by Dai Bevan
The information on this page is from various sources:
Some Nunhead references - From a book published by the
' Friends of Nunhead
If you are in the Stoke Newington area I can highly recommend the Guided Walks at Abney Park Cemetery. The tour I went on in August 2013 took in the final resting places of Fred Albert, Walter Labernum, Herbert Campbell, Nelly Power, Edmund Payne, Albert Chevalier, and George Leybourne amongst others, there are thought to be around 40 famous theatrical names buried there in all. We were shown round some of the beautifully restored monuments and grave stones at this former private cemetery by Neil Morkunas, whose lively and personable talk on the artistes we encountered was a wonderfully evocative step back into the music hall period.
Like so many other private cemeteries in Edinburgh, Newington was allowed to fall into disrepair until the city council was forced to step in and place a compulsory purchase order on it. In places the vegetation is so thick that it is impossible to walk and in the few areas that have been cleared it appears that some headstones have also been tidied away.
Please note: Every care has been taken in providing accurate information to this page but I hold no responsibility for errors that may have occurred. If you find an error or have any more information you would like to add to this page please Contact me.