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Cumberbatch Family History, Cumberbatch Genealogy and Cumberbatch Ancestry

Surname Origin
Surname Variations
Cumberbatch Distribution
Comberbach Place
To The Trees

Alice BM Cumberbatch
Claude L Cumberlege
Cmdr H C Cumberbatch
Cumberbatch Trophy
Cumberbatch Building
E S Comberbach - Watchmaker
Jimmy Cumberbatch
Percy Cumberbatch
Richard Cumberbatch
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
WW1 Memorial
WW2 Memorial


CUMBERBATCHs Worthy of Note


World War One Memorial

The Great War - Memorial to The CUMBERBATCHs who fought for freedom in WW1

Army Medal Index Cards recreated along with pictures of the medals. The British War and Victory Medal Roll for the CUMBERBATCHs in the British West Indies Regiment (BWIR) is recreated. The service record of Ephraim Cumberbatch extracted from WO/363/C. Ephraim's Service Career was misfiled amongst the CUMBERPATCH records.

The 1914-15 Star


World War Two Memorial

The 1914-15 Star

A reproduction of the names to be found within the pages of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website.

Also includes details and a photograph of the Barbados Second Contingent containing the pitcure of Sergeant Grey Doyle Cumberbatch who would die during the course of the war and of Errol Barrow who would survive and become Barbados' first Prime Minister.


Rear Admiral Claude Lionel Cumberlege

The naval career of Rear Admiral Claude Lionel Cumberlege as researched and contributed by Stephen Collins and published with the kind permission of C L Cumberlege's son Mistral and of Stephen Collins. C L Cumberbatch was born 9th June 1877 and his military career starts when he was aged 12 years old and was a Midshipman by the time he reached 16 years of age. He retired 18 June 1922 aged 45 and was appointed Rear Admiral on 30 June 1922.


Commander Henry Carlton Cumberbatch

The naval career of Commander Henry Carlton Cumberbatch researched and contributed by Richard Taylor and published with his kind permission.

Henry Carlton Cumberbatch the son of Mr Henry Alfred Cumberbatch (Consul General) CMG and Helene Gertrude Cumberbatch nee Rees who married Pauline Ellen Laing Congdon daughter of T.E. Congdon 26th April 1934 St. Mary Abbot's Church, Kensington, London, England. This contains photographs of medals that he won during competitions in the navy.



Originally commissioned by Alice Beatrice Martha C Cumberbatch it was given to the Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators (GAPAN) who now award it to individuals and companies that make a significant contribution to airline and flying safety.

The Cumberbatch Trophy is historically, probably one of the Guild's most precious possessions. Described by Richard Skinner of Bond Street's Skinner & Co as "quite unique", the balloon-shaped trophy depicting small planes in a turbulent sky with a triumphant lion crowning it, was designed by silversmith, Omar Ramsden in the 1930's.

As well as the award itself we take the briefest glimpse in to Alice's life.


The CUMBERBATCH Building, Trinity College Oxford

Hugh Charles Cumberbatch was born in 1885 in Marylebone, London. He was the eldest son of the eminent Aural Surgeon Alphonzo Elkin Cumberbatch F.R.C.S., who was born in Bridgetown Barbados 11 April 1847 and of Alice Lucy nee Moffatt. Alphonzo and Hugh are descendants of John Edward Cumberbatch the son of a mulatto-slave, Elizabeth, once the property of Lawrence Trent Cumberbatch; and of Julia nee Belgrave. Alphonzo's father was John Belgrave Cumberbatch. Lawrence Trent Cumberbatch was a joint owner of St. Nicholas Abbey in St. Peter, Barbados until his death in December 1833. Hugh was also the cousin of Alice above.


Edward Stephen Comberbatch, Watchmaker and Barometer Maker

Comberbach Pocket Watch

Edward Stephen Comberbach was born in 1853 in Blackburn, England and died in 1895 in Kent, England. The above are pictures of one of his pocket watches.


Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) is said to have taken the name Silas Tomkyn Comberbache, or Silas Tomken Cumberbatch. Note the initials of both names - STC.

Enlisted in the Fifteenth (King's) Light Dragoons, 1793, under the pseudonym "Silas Tomkyn Comberbach", but was bought out by his brothers a year later (reputedly following his discovery as an educated Gentleman, resulting from his correction of a point of Latin being discussed by two Officers as they entered the mess outside which he was on sentry duty).


Hortense Cumberbatch


Hortense CUMBERBATCH played by Marianne Jean-Baptiste, on the right of the picture, who received nominations for: Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, Golden Globe and British Academy Award for her feature film debut role in the 1995 British film "Secrets and Lies". It won the 1996 Palme D’Or at Cannes, and Brenda Blethyn, on the left of the picture, picked up the Best Actress award.



M.V. COMBERBACH a 120ft steel hulled cargo freighter with a 260 ton payload intentionally sunk in 1984 off Cape Santa Maria Beach, Bahamas as a diving attraction. She is lying upright, in 100 ft of water having a bus in her forward cargo hold approx. 1 mile off the coast of The Bahamas. Divers can swim through the wreck. She was ordered in 1947 by ICI (formerly Brunner Mond Co. Ltd). Built in 1948 by W.J. Yarwood & Sons Ltd., shipbuilders of Northwich, Cheshire, England. She was registered in 1948 in the Port of Liverpool her 'Official Number' being 182446.  Her name, Comberbach, is a Cheshire place-name. For ICI she carried 'products for the distribution department, raw materials for the production department and refuse for any department'. [M.V. represents Motor Vessel: a 'Part II' registration on The Mercantile Navy List]. This picture is reproduced with the kind permission of the Northwich Salt Museum. ©Cheshire County Council. More images of Northwich are available at: http://www.saltmuseum.org.uk


Benedict Cumberbatch, Actor

Benedict Cumberbatch, played the role of Stephen Hawking the mathematician and scientist as he battled motor neurone disease. Benedict won the top acting award at the Montecarlo Television festival - the Golden Nymph award for the best performance. Benedict was the lead actor in this BBC drama shown on BBC2.


James "Jimmy" Cumberbatch

Viv Anderson broke through as the first black player to represent England at football in the 1970s, but rugby league had already beaten this achievement by some fifty years when Jimmy Cumberbatch ran out for England. Focusing on sixteen of the greatest black, Asian, Maori and Aboriginal players to play in British rugby league, this is also an excellent general history of ethnic minorities in the sport.  The Glory of Their Times, Crossing the Colour Line in Rugby League; Edited by Phil Melling, Tony Collins.

 To read the cigarette cards.

To see Jimmy's brother Val Cumberbatch in action in the England vs. France game


Dr. Elkin Percy Cumberbatch

Elkin Cumberbatch, son of Charles Walter Cumberbatch and his wife, the former Pamela Pillinger, was born at Queen Charlton, Somerset, was educated at St. Paul's School, and entered Keble College, Oxford, with an open science scholarship in 1899. He was a Christopher Welsh prize winner, and in 1904 was awarded the senior university scholarship to St. Bartholomew's, where his uncle, Elkin Alphonso Cumberbatch, had been appointed as the first aural surgeon in 1882.

His biography can be found on these pages.


Richard Cumberbatch

Richard son of Dr. Elkin Percy Cumberbatch joined the 137th Field Regiment of the Royal Artillery and was killed whilst a Prisoner of War at Nong Pladuk Camp Siam on 3rd December 1944. Alice Beatrice Martha C Cumberbatch was particularly fond of her nephew Richard and was heartbroken to learn of his death.

Read the account of his death from a friend to Richard's Mother dated 1st  December 1945.


Nellie Cumberbatch, Cumberbatch Place, Wigan

Nellie Cumberbatch wife of Daniel Joseph Cumberbatch was a Justice of the Peace and in 1980 was awarded the British Empire Medal (Civil Division). She was also a well-known local councillor in Wigan. After her death in 1987 she had a local street in Wigan named after her: Cumberbatch Place.

British Empire Medal (Civil Division) UNITED KINGDOM:

THE QUEEN has been graciously pleased, on the occasion of the Celebration of Her Majesty's Birthday, to approve the award of the British Empire Medal (Civil Division) to the undermentioned:

Nellie, Mrs. CUMBERBATCH, lately Storekeeper, Royal Ordnance Factory, Chorley, Ministry of Defence.                                                                (source: London Gazette Issue 48212 published on the 13 June 1980. Page B24 of 32)

For God and the Empire


The Comberbach Spoon

Des discovered the spoon at his parents home in East Anglia, UK and it is now in his possession in Sydney Australia.  (Source: Kindly sent by Des Mills)


Harrington Cumberbatch MBE


MBE Investiture at Buckingham Palace on 12 December 2006.

For Services to Africa and Caribbean People with Mental Health Problems.

Congratulations Harry, very well deserved.


Alice BM Cumberbatch Claude L Cumberlege Cmdr H C Cumberbatch Cumberbatch Trophy Cumberbatch Building E S Comberbach - Watchmaker Jimmy Cumberbatch Percy Cumberbatch Richard Cumberbatch Samuel Taylor Coleridge WW1 Memorial WW2 Memorial

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