A dramatic memorial – but a story untold?


This is a really dramatic (and expensive) monument in the Bagshot Chapel graveyard and yet I have been able to find out very little about the man it records.

He was born in Frankfurt and seems to have come to London as a young man and worked as a merchants clerk.  By the time of his death in Hove in his mid sixties he was working in the city for the Foreign Banking house of Louis Floersheim and was evidently very successful.  In his will he left £1,500 to his butler and the same sum to his housekeeper, together with £200 to his head gardener.  He also left £500 to the Royal Albert Orphanage and gave his executors instructions to distribute another £500 to charity as they saw fit.  He never married and seems not to have had any family in this country – his executors were from his company.

I gather that he owned Pennyhill Park at one time  – can anyone tell me any more?


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