Read more about the early years at Streatham Cemetery here.
Charlie Wilson, the treasurer of the Great Train Robbery gang, also lies in Streatham Cemetery. Wilson met Bruce Reynolds in 1960 and they planned various heists, including £62,000 robbed from a security van in Heathrow Airport. Reynolds organised a group of 17 men to undertake the Great Train Robbery of 1963 and Wilson, as treasurer, distributed the shares of the haul, which amounted to £150,000 each. Wilson was tried in Aylesbury in 1964. In his court case, he said almost nothing and was nicknamed “the silent man”. He was sentenced to 30 years imprisonment, but after four months in HMP Winson Green he arranged for three men to break him out. Over the next few years he moved around the world, including Canada and France, until he was captured again in 1968. He served 10 years at HMP Durham before release in 1978. In 1990, Wilson was fatally shot at his home in Marbella and the suspected assailants never caught.
Bruce Reynolds (1931-2013) was buried in Highgate Cemetery, but died after the database end date of 2011.
Sir Wyke Bayliss, British artist, author, and poet, rests in Streatham Cemetery after his death in 1906, aged 70. His father, Rev. John Cox Bayliss, taught military and mathematical drawing and encouraged his son's natural ability with drawing. After a move to London, Bayliss studied at the Royal Academy and the School of Design and became friends with many artists now known as pre-Raphaelites. Bayliss published a number of books, covering art critiques, depictions of Jesus, and a volume of poems. His most well known book is The Enchanted Island: the Venice of Titian, and Other Studies in Art. He became president of the Royal Society of British Artists in 1888, holding the post until his death. He received a knighthood in 1897.
We are working hard on digitising records from authorities in the East Midlands, London, the West Midlands, and the South East of England.
All photographs in today's bulletin have been gratefully sourced from Wikimedia Commons. Author Irid Escent kindly shared them under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.