TQ2272 : Here lies the father of the Titanic: the tomb of Bruce Ismay, Putney Vale Cemetery

taken 9 years ago, near to Roehampton, Wandsworth, Great Britain

Here lies the father of the Titanic: the tomb of Bruce Ismay, Putney Vale Cemetery
Here lies the father of the Titanic: the tomb of Bruce Ismay, Putney Vale Cemetery
Bruce Ismay was the chairman of White Star Line who commissioned RMS Titanic - and, notoriously - a survivor of the sinking.

The Ismay family plot is a large one. This tomb-chest stands in the centre of the plot, but there are also an upright slab (with biblical inscription), an elaborately carved stone bench (with a verse inscribed), and a plain tomb-slab (marking the graves of other members of the family).

The tomb-chest has low-relief carvings of sailing ships on three sides, and a similar representation of a ship's compass on the fourth. It is signed 'Gerrard 1939' - which I take to mean A.H. Gerrard, later professor at the Slade School of Art.

The Ismay plot lies in the southernmost corner of the cemetery, on a north-facing slope - and for much of the year is heavily shaded by trees.

See: TQ2272 : The Ismay plot, Putney Vale Cemetery: Behold also the ships . . . .
TQ2272 : The Ismay plot, Putney Vale Cemetery: the ship's compass
TQ2272 : The Ismay plot, Putney Vale Cemetery: the bench
TQ2272 : The Ismay plot, Putney Vale Cemetery: The little birds sang east and the little birds sang west
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Sunday, 15 April, 2012   (more nearby)
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Monday, 16 April, 2012
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Lowlands  Historic sites and artefacts  People, Events  Burial ground, Crematorium 
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WGS84: 51:26.1859N 0:14.5746W
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