Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Grave issues

Speaking of Wandsworth's radical past. It's actually extends worldwide. Alexander Kerensky, the Russian social democrat who formally overthrew the Tsar in 1917 (only to be subsequently overthrown himself by Lenin et al). Here's a wee picture of his grave in Putney Vale Cemetery:

Alongside other such luminaries as Jon Pertwee and James Hunt. According to Wikipedia, he found his way to London partly because Orthodox Christian cemeteries in the US refused to have him, on account of his revolutionary past. Now, this illustrates nicely how interconnected the world is, how the history of one revolution feeds into the whole world. It also shows that when it comes to Putney, revolution is in the soil.


I am reliably informed that former party writer/speaker activist Edgar Hardcastle is also buried in the same graveyard.

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