Saturday, May 12, 2012

Sir Hugh Seymour Walpole (1884 - 1941)

Sir Hugh Walpole (1884 - 1941)
Photograph & signature from 1937

Displayed in Keswick Museum & Art Galley
[Photograph copied with permission]
Where Sir Hugh Walpole rests for evermore.

For additional information click on 'Comments' below.


Blogger ritsonvaljos said...

Additional information

The above photograph shows the headstone of Sir Hugh Walpole (1884 - 1941). His final resting place can be found in St John's Churchyard, Keswick, Cumbria.

Sir Hugh Seymour Walpole was born in Auckland, New Zealand, the elder son of Rev. George Henry Somerset Walpole and Mrs Mildred Helen Walpole (nee Barham). Between the World Wars Hugh Walpole became a well-known author, writer and eventually broadcaster. In 1929 he collaborated with J.B. Prestley on the novel 'Farthing Hall'.

In the early part of the war a number of well-known literary figures such as Hugh Walpole and J.B. Priestley broadcast on the BBC with some broadcasts made for the American audience at the time when the USA was still neutral. This was a period of the war when radio broadcasts were particuarly important in maintaining morale throughout the Free World. Yet, in the modern era it is easy to overlook the importance of these broadcasts although J.B. Priestley spoke about them for the Thames TV documentary series about the Second World War, "The World at War".

Walpole's literary style and most of his extensive collection of writings have rather fallen out of fashion since the Second World War, except perhaps in his adopted Cumbrian homeland. Additionally, Sir Hugh Walpole died after suffering a heart attack at his Lakeland home, Brackenburn near Keswick, Cumberland on 1 June 1941. Hence his writing and broadcasting ceased.

The eldest son of a former Bishop of Edinburgh, Sir Hugh Walpole was laid to rest in St John's Churchyard, Keswick.

The headstone inscription is given below.

(Front face at base of the decorative cross):

"In loving memory of
1884 - 1941
Man of Letters
Lover of Cumberland
Friend of his fellow men."

"Every one that loveth is born of God and knoweth God."
I. John IV.7

(Right-hand side of the base):

"Elder son of
G.H.S. Walpole
Bishop of Edinburgh
Midred Helen
His wife."

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