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John Clarke

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Welcome to John Clarke’s Website

John ClarkeHello, and welcome to my website. I'm a freelance writer, administrator and former medical librarian based in London.


My writing and research has mainly focused on Brookwood Cemetery, but I have also written on railway-related subjects. See the panel on the right.


Over the years I have presented many lectures on Brookwood Cemetery and its railway funeral service. If you are interested in booking me for a local (or national) group then please feel free to contact me via the contact page on this website or email me at info at john-clarke dot co dot uk.


Please note that due to work commitments I am usually only able to give talks in the evening or at the weekend.


I have also authored some websites which explore the rich content of some of the part-works issued by the Amalgamated Press in the mid to late 1930s. These cover railways, ships and engineering subjects - see the panel below for examples of covers from each of these series.


Information about all of these areas are incorporated into my website.

Forthcoming Publications


London's Necropolis by John Clarke


The second edition of London’s Necropolis is now available.


The new edition is published by Stenlake Publishing and you can order a copy here (post free to UK addresses).


You can read more on this new edition here.






I am also working on a booklet on Great War Connections 1917 and 1918 for the Friends of West Norwood Cemetery.






Forthcoming Lectures


26 February 2019, 6.30pm, 88 Tavistock Place “The London Necropolis Railway” for the Dickens Fellowship.


13 May 2019, 7.30pm, Hampton WI


This summer I am likely to be lecturing at the F W Paine Museum in Kingston. Further details will be posted here in due course.



For further information on lectures I have undertaken in 2018 and earlier, please follow this link.



Current Research


* First World War Dead in West Norwood Cemetery

* West Norwood Conservation Area

* Pauper Burials at Brookwood Cemetery

The Exhumation & Reburial of Edith Thompson


The Reburial of Edith ThompsonDuring the early morning of Tuesday 20 November 2018, the body of Edith Thompson was exhumed from Brookwood Cemetery.


It was the first stage of a three-day journey for her reburial in her parents’ grave at the City of London Cemetery.


You can read more here.