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Claudia Vera Cumberbatch "Mother of the Notting Hill Carnival" 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 Read the Full Story

Hugh Charles Cumberbatch

Hugh Charles Cumberbatch left £300,000 to Trinity College, Oxford University and almost £200,000 of that bequest went to the taxman.

The Cumberbatch Buildings at Oxford University are named after him.

By Bob Cumberbatch www.cumberbatch.org

Harrington D Cumberbatch MBE

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

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

Alice Beatrice Maude 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

Claudia Vera Cumberbatch aka Claudia Jones

"Mother of the Notting Hill Carnival"

Motorised Vessel Comberbach

M.V. COMBERBACH 120ft steel hulled cargo freighter with a 260 ton payload intentionally sunk in 1984 off Cape Santa Maria Beach, Bahamas as a diving attraction. She is lying upright, in 100 ft of water having a bus in her forward cargo hold approx. 1 mile off the coast of The Bahamas. Divers can swim through the wreck.
She was ordered in 1947 by ICI (formerly Brunner Mond Co. Ltd). Built in 1948 by W.J. Yarwood & Sons Ltd., shipbuilders of Northwich, Cheshire, England.

She was registered in 1948 in the Port of Liverpool her 'Official Number' being 182446. 

M.V. represents Motorised Vessel: a 'Part II' registration on The Mercantile Navy List. This picture is reproduced with the kind permission of the Northwich Salt Museum Copyright: Cheshire County Council.

Her name, Comberbach, is a Cheshire place-name.

For ICI she carried 'products for the distribution department, raw materials for the production department and refuse for any department'.

The coveted Cumberbatch Trophy is awarded annually for oustanding contributions to flight safety. Qantas, the Australian Airline, is the only airline ever to have won this prize twice. The trophy was created by Alice Martha Beatrice Cumberbatch and is now awarded by the Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators (GAPAN) and is considered to be one of the Guild's most precious possessions.

Henry Carlton Cumberbatch & Pauline Ellen Laing Congdon

Commander Henry Carlton Cumberbatch

The biography and service career of Henry Carlton Cumberbatch.

Claude Lionel Cumberlege

Rear Admiral Claude Lionel Cumberlege


Betty Donkin’s Uncle


 

 

45216 Private Ephraim Cumberbatch

Ephraim Cumberbatch was born in January 1894 in SilverdaleStaffordshire, England and was the son of Ephraim, Senior a Coal Miner, & Eliza Alice his wife. Following his school years he initially followed his father into the Colliery before answering the call of King and Country.

Cleland Bulstrode Cumberlege 1875-1946 Cleland Bulstrode Cumberlege 1875-1946 was awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) in 1915 for "distinguished service in the field." Cleland was a career soldier and you can read about his career here.
By Bob Cumberbatch www.cumberbatch.org

Barbados Second Contingent Stamp

The Barbados Second Contingent were recruited specifically for the RAF and left Barbados in November 1940 to join the armed forces fighting World War 2.

The 12 men selected included Errol W. Barrow, who would survive the war, enter politics and eventually become Barbados' first Prime Minister (1966 - 1976).

It also included Grey Doyle Cumberbatch born 1921 in St Lucy, Barbados.

By Bob Cumberbatch www.cumberbatch.org

War Graves at St Swithuns

We Will Remember Them

Six World War 2 graves at St Swithun's, Long Bennington, Lincolnshire, England. Immaculately maintained by Mr George Hamblet for many years.

This is especially touching as none of the men were from Long Bennington. Three of the men were from Canada, one from Barbados and two from England. Normally, and at the request of the families, the bodies were transported to the areas where their families lived.

One of the graves belongs to Greystone Doyle Cumberbatch born St Lucy, Barbados in 1921.

By Bob Cumberbatch www.cumberbatch.org