Coming soon to Deceased Online are the burial and cremation records of the London Borough of Lewisham in South East London. As a taster of some of the fascinating people to be found in the collection, this week I look at the short life of circus horse trainer, Helmuth Barth.
|Lewisham lies to the south of central London landmarks like Canary Wharf|
Everyone at Deceased Online is very excited about the forthcoming release of records for the inner London Borough of Lewisham. Burial and cremation records will be added to the database throughout September and October this year. They include full digital scans of original burial and cremation registers (computerised records from the late 1990s), grave details including all those buried in each grave, and maps indicating the sections for each grave. The Lewisham Collection includes records from:
- Brockley Cemetery (records from 1858 - 1999)
- Ladywell Cemetery (which adjoins Brockley, records from 1858 - 1999)
- Grove Park Cemetery (records from 1935 - 1999)
- Hither Green Cemetery (records from 1873 - 1999)
- Hither Green aka Lewisham Crematorium (records from 1956 - 1995)
|Lewisham Crematorium records can be searched at Deceased Online|
|"Sanger's amphitheatre - Evanion collection (1886)|
Only 11 years after the cemetery had opened, Helmuth Barth was laid to rest there in a private grave. Helmuth, whose full name was Ludvig Arthur Detley Helmuth Barth had been born circa 1906 and travelled to England to work for the Great Carmo Circus with his stepfather, the celebrated Austrian horse trainer, Captain Emmerich Ankner. Although Ankner is believed to have left England in the late 1930s to work for Circus Busch in Germany, Helmuth remained here. He married Phyllis M. Agley in Middlesbrough in 1935 and took a position as a horse trainer with the renowned Sanger's Circus.
From contemporary playbills, it appears that Helmuth was known professionally as Charles Barth. In 1946, Sanger's Circus was enjoying a successful run of shows across the South East of England, with Barth managing the performing "Liberty Horses". The troupe travelled to Essex in late September, during a period of heavy gales. Helmuth Barth died at Romford in September 1946 and was buried not far from his Brockley home of Drakefell Road on the 21st.
The release of the Lewisham Collection is a notable addition to Deceased Online's growing number of South London records. With scans from Southwark, Greenwich, Sutton and Merton already in the database, anyone with ancestors from this region should bookmark this resource. Lewisham is now the 14th London council to upload its data to the website. To find out more about Deceased Online's London coverage, read my recent blogpost, which provides a complete overview.
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- Circopedia http://www.circopedia.org/Emmerich_Ankner
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