Putney Vale

The men and women who were interred or cremated at the Putney Vale Cemetery and Crematorium in Putney Vale, London, England.
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Stanley Baker
Actor, Zulu
Stanley Baker was unusual star material to emerge during the Fifties - when impossibly handsome and engagingly romantic leading men were almost de rigueur. Baker was forged from a rougher mould. His was good-looking, but his features were angular, taut, austere and unwelcoming. His screen persona was taciturn...
“ Cremation Location ” - Syl
Arthur Askey
Arthur Askey was a diminutive British comedian, born in 1900. He began his professional career as a music hall performer in 1924, but it wasn't until 1938's Band Waggon (which lasted a full five seasons), that he became a household name in England. His film debut was in the 1937 British feature Calling All Stars...
Robert Beatty
Robert Beatty graduated with a B.A. from the University of Toronto and started in amateur dramatics with the Hamilton Player's Guild. For a while, he made a living as a cashier for a gas and fuel company. In order to further hone his acting skills, he made his way to London in 1936 (on the advice of Leslie Howard) to train for acting at RADA...
“ Plot: Cremated in crematorium (ashes scattered?) ” - Syl
James Beck
Actor, Dad's Army
Londoner James Beck took to the Theatre at the end of his National Service, playing roles as diverse as Shylock to Archie Rice in "The Entertainer". His role as Cockney spiv Private Walker in Dad's Army made him a familiar face, if not a familiar name. His life was cut short before a potentially much more interesting career.
“ Plot: Cremated at Putney Vale ” - Syl
“ Plot: Cremated in crematorium (ashes scattered?) ” - Syl
Derek Bond
Scottish-born Derek Bond was a leading man of post-war British films fondly remembered for his portrayal of the titular hero in Ealing Studios' The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, an adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel. The actor was born in Glasgow on January 26, 1920, the son of a commercial traveler and a beautician...
“ Plot: Cremated in crematorium (ashes scattered?) ” - Syl
“ Plot: Cremated ” - Syl
Sandy Denny
Soundtrack, Crush
Alf Gover
Miscellaneous Crew, The Final Test
“ Plot: Cremated in crematorium (ashes scattered?) ” - Syl
James Hunt
Actor, The Plank
James Hunt was known as Hunt The Shunt for his many accidents in lower formulas. He started his F1 career in 1973, driving for the maverick Hesketh team. Known for its wild parties and eccentric attitude, Hesketh wasn't taken too seriously by rival teams, but after competitive outings in 1974 and 1975...
“ cremation location ” - Syl
“ Plot: Cremated in crematorium (ashes scattered?) ” - Syl
Hattie Jacques
Actress, Sykes
Best known for playing Matron - as in "ooh, Matron!" - in four films: Carry on Nurse, Carry on Doctor, Carry on Again Doctor and, of course Carry on Matron. Key roles included: Grace Short in Carry on Teacher, Sophie Bliss in Carry on Loving and Peggy Hawkins in Carry on Cabby. She was married to John Le Mesurier (Sergeant Wilson in Dad's Army)...
Andrew Keir
Actor, Rob Roy
The character actor Andrew Keir (originally Andrew Buggy) was born in 1926 in the coal-mining town of Shotts in Lanarkshire, Scotland, and raised there with his five brothers John, Tom, Michael, Patrick, and Hugh and his sister Maggie. The son of a coal miner, Keir worked in the coal mines from age 14 to 20...
“ Plot: Cremated ” - Syl
Aleksandr Kerensky
Alexander Kerensky was born in Simbirsk, Russia, in 1881, the son of a lower-ranking nobleman in the Russian aristocracy. As a law student he gained renown for his skillful defense of socialist activists arrested by the Czarist police, which may well have contributed to his political party, the Socialist Revolution...
“ Plot: AS ” - Syl
“ Plot: Cremated in crematorium (ashes scattered at the Oval Cricket Ground) ” - Syl
“ Plot: AS ” - Syl
David Lean
An important British filmmaker, David Lean was born in Croydon in 1908 and brought up in a strict Quaker family (ironically, as a child he wasn't allowed to go to the movies). During the 1920s he briefly considered the possibility of becoming an accountant like his father before finding a job at Gaumont British Studios in 1927...
“ Plot: Cremated in crematorium ” - Syl
Joseph Losey
Director, The Servant
Belonging to an important family clan in Wisconsin, Joseph Losey studied philosophy but was always interested in theater and thus worked together with Bertolt Brecht. After directing some shorts for MGM, he made his first important film, The Boy with Green Hair, for RKO. While he was filming The Prowler in Italy he was summoned to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee...
“ cremation location ” - Syl
“ Plot: Cremated in crematorium (ashes scattered?) ” - Syl
“ Plot: Division V ” - Syl
Kenneth More
Affable, bright and breezy Kenneth More epitomised the traditional English virtues of fortitude and fun. At the height of his fame in the 1950s he was Britain's most popular film star and had appeared in a string of box office hits including Genevieve, Doctor in the House, Reach for the Sky and A Night to Remember...
“ Cremation location ” - Syl
“ Plot: Cremated in crematorium; buried in cemetery ” - Syl
Jon Pertwee
Actor, Doctor Who
Jon Pertwee was born John (after the apostle and disciple) Devon (after the county) Roland (after his father) Pertwee (an Anglicised version of the true family name, Perthuis de Laillevault) on 7 July 1919 in the Chelsea area of London. He was the second son of famous playwright, painter and actor Roland Pertwee...
“ Plot: Cremated in crematorium (ashes scattered?) ” - Syl
“ Plot: V ” - Syl
Nyree Dawn Porter
Her father was a butcher by trade. Her first husband, Byron O'Leary, died from an accidental drug overdose in 1970. She was made an OBE the following year. From 1972 she lived with actor Robin Halstead. She had a few miscarriages and then had a daughter when she was 38. She married Halstead seven months after the birth...
“ Plot: Cremated in crematorium; buried in cemetery ” - Syl
Eugen Sandow
Sandow was already a great admirer of Greek and Roman statues of gladiators and mythical heroes when his father took him to Italy as a boy. By the time he was 19, he was already performing strongman stunts in side shows. The legendary Florenz Ziegfeld saw the young strongman and hired him for his carnival show...
Vladek Sheybal
Looking back at his filmography, it isn't difficult to imagine Vladek Sheybal in a scene, lobbing Molotov cocktails at advancing German troops, against a backdrop of war-torn Warsaw. However, this part of his life played out for real. A member of the Polish underground, he was twice captured and interred in concentration camps...
Joan Sims
The First Lady of Carry On, was born Irene Joan Marion Sims on 9 May 1930. The daughter of an Essex railway station master, Joan was interested in pursuing show-business, and soon became a familiar face in a growing number of amateur productions. In 1946, Joan first applied to RADA, her audition was unsuccessful...
“ Plot: Cremated in crematorium; buried in cemetery ” - Syl
Dorothy Tutin
Actress, Cromwell
Dame Dorothy Tutin's esteemed company of peers included other remarkable dames, including Judi Dench and Maggie Smith. Unlike these others, Dorothy had limited screen time over the years and would develop the respect but not the stardom afforded the other two outside the realm of the theatre...