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« on: November 24, 2016, 08:23:50 AM »

John Profumo has his own place in British political history and a huge amount has been written and recorded about him.

The Profumo family vault is in the graveyard of St. Peter's Church, Hersham, Surrey and that is where his ashes are interred.

In WWII John Profumo had a distinguished military career and retired from military life with the rank of Brigadier. It was during his military service that he first became an Member of Parliament, MP for  Kettering in Northamptonshire.

He became a very successful politician but, like a lot of famous men in history, his mind was ruled by other parts of his body and he ended up having an extra-marital relationship which led to his political downfall - commonly referred to, strangely enough,  as "The Profumo Affair".

After his fall from grace John Profumo did a huge amount for charity and voluntary work in London's East End - this part of his life largely forgotten in the shadow of his political misfortune.

His wife was Valerie Hobson who died in 1998.  Her ashes were partly scattered close to the family farm in Scotland and partly interred in the Profumo family vault in St Peter's, Hersham, Surrey.

When John Profumo died in March 2006 he was cremated at Mortlake Crematoriam and his ashes interred, with his wife's, in the family vault in Hersham

The last paragraph in Wiki for John Profumo reads :

"On 7 March 2006, Profumo suffered a stroke and was admitted to London's Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. He died two days later surrounded by his family, at the age of 91. In the immediate aftermath of his death, many commentators said that he should be remembered as much for his contribution to society after his fall from political grace as for the scandal of 1963 which caused that fall. He was cremated at Mortlake Crematorium, his ashes buried next to those of his wife at the family vault in Hersham".

Attached is a picture of the Profumo family vault in the graveyard of St.Peter's Church, Hersham, Surrey

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« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2016, 10:09:22 AM »

Profumo met Christine Keeler at Cliveden the home of the Asters.  Some years ago I took my father to a launch of a National Trust video/now CD on Cliveden in which he featured along with some other people who had worked as servants there.  A husband and wife had worked at Cliveden at the time of the Profumo affair and she commented that if she stood on her ironing board in the kitchen then she could see what was going on around the swimming pool.

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« Reply #2 on: November 26, 2016, 21:09:06 PM »

Nil combustibus pro fumo!
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