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Claudia Vera Cumberbatch "Mother of the Notting Hill Carnival" A black civil rights activist and feminist who died penniless on 24th December 1964 in London, England and was almost forgotten by history. She introduced the Notting Hill Carnival to England. Each year over a million people celebrate the Notting Hill Carnival and very few are aware of Claudia's part in its history. Claudia was born in Trinidad and lived in America. By Bob Cumberbatch www.cumberbatch.org Read the Full Story
Alice Beatrice Martha Cumberbatch A physically small, eccentric woman. Engaged to be married for 20 years and who sued her fiance for breach of promise when he married someone else. She chain smoked, only wore navy blue and made her own clothes. She also wrote for the Middlesex Gazette, she started the Fisherman's Benevolent Fund for Cromer, Norfolk fishermen. She raised money for the Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI). She was Chairman of the West Middlesex Hospital, honorary member of the Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators and was granted freedom of the City of London on 8 December 1960. She also created The Cumberbatch Trophy which is annually awarded for improvements in the safety of flying. By Bob Cumberbatch www.cumberbatch.org Read the Full Story
Benedict Cumberbatch Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch starred in the film Amazing Grace in which he played William Pitt The Younger. Elected as Prime Minister at the age of 24, William Pitt the Younger (1759-1806) is credited with encouraging Wilberforce to lead the abolitionist movement through political means. Pitt fell under the abolitionist movement. Wilberforce, however, disagreed and thought it beneficial to attempt peace with France. The pair reconciled within a few months and remained friends until Pitt's death in 1806, just one year before the slave trade was abolished. Benedict's paternal ancestors were sugar plantation owners on Barbados. His ancestors are why all of us with black ancestors called Cumberbatch inherited this surname. By Bob Cumberbatch www.cumberbatch.org Read the Full Story
Harrington D Cumberbatch MBE: Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire Civil MBE Investiture at Buckingham Palace on 12 December 2006 for services to African and Caribbean People with Mental Health Problems in Tower Hamlets, London. More pictures here.
Congratulations Harry, very well deserved. By Bob Cumberbatch www.cumberbatch.org
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George William Marshall The following pages contain the little that is known concerning a family of no social importance, and will consequently only be interesting to those connected with it. For such they are written, and to such addressed, without any apology for their publication.

George William Marshall 1866

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