The United Kingdom in History (Part 10)

Historical Events

Events 901 - 1,000 of 2,236

  • 1914-08-22 1st encounter between British & German troops (in Belgium)
  • 1914-08-24 Battle of Bergen: Germans defeat Belgian/British troops
  • 1914-08-28 World War I: Battle of Helgoland Bight (North Sea); British fleet decisively beats Germans, nearly 800 die, and over 200 wounded
  • 1914-09-03 British expeditionary army/general Lanrezacs army attack the Marne
  • 1914-09-04 France, Russia, and Britain agree in a Pact of London that none will make a separate peace
  • 1914-09-05 Great Britain, France, Belgium and Russia sign pact of London
  • 1914-09-08 Private Thomas Highgate becomes the first British soldier to be executed for desertion during WW1
  • 1914-09-09 First fully mechanized unit in the British Army created - the Canadian Automobile Machine Gun Brigade (WWI)
  • 1914-09-09 Meeting held at Gaelic League headquarters between Irish Republican Brotherhood and other extreme republicans; initial decision made to stage an uprising while Britain is at war
  • 1914-09-20 John Redmond urges Irish Volunteers to enlist in the British Army
  • 1914-09-22 1 German submarine sinks 3 British ironclads, 1,459 die

Historic Event

1914-09-22 Louis Botha, premier of the Union of South Africa, assumes command of the armed forced after having dismissed General Beyers because of his resistance to aiding British in the war against Germany

  • 1914-10-01 The first division of Canadian troops, 33,000 sail for Britain; most Canadians are volunteers, anxious to prove their loyalty to the Commonwealth
  • 1914-10-13 Pro-German Boers begin opposition to British authority in South Africa
  • 1914-10-27 British battleship Audacious sunk by mine
  • 1914-10-31 Great Britain & France declare war on Turkey
  • 1914-11-01 German-British naval battle at Coronel, Chile
  • 1914-11-02 Great Britain annexes Cyprus
  • 1914-11-02 Great Britain declares the entire North Sea a military area: neutral ships will transit it at their own risk
  • 1914-11-05 Britain declares war on Turkey and annexes Cyprus, occupied since 1878; the immediate reason is to keep it from being taken by Turkey
  • 1914-11-06 The British land troops (mostly from the Indian Army) at the head of the Persian Gulf in Mesopotamia, and will begin to move westward in an attempt to draw Turkish troops from other fronts
  • 1914-11-21 British army conquers Bazra
  • 1914-12-08 Battle of the Falkland Island: British Royal Navy destroys a German battle squadron
  • 1914-12-08 Boers rebelling against the British in South Africa suffer several defeats, with one of their leaders, General Beyers, accidentally drowning
  • 1914-12-15 British fleet forfeits chance to destroy German fleet in North Sea
  • 1914-12-17 Great Britain declares Egypt a protectorate
  • 1914-12-26 US Government protests British interference with American merchant ships at sea, on the same day Germans announce they will treat food as contraband, subject to seizure; weakens America's protest

First Air Raid on Britain

1915-01-19 World War I: 4 people in Norfolk are killed in the 1st German Zeppelin air raid attack on the United Kingdom

  • 1915-01-24 German-British sea battle at Dogger Bank & Helgoland

Historic Event

1915-02-10 US President Woodrow Wilson protests to Britain on the use of US flags on British merchant ships to deceive the Germans

  • 1915-02-19 British fleet opens fire on Dardanelles coast
  • 1915-03-02 British vice admiral Sackville Hamilton Carden begins bombardment of Dardanelles forts
  • 1915-03-10 British Army captures Neuve Chapelle, Belgium
  • 1915-03-11 The British declare a blockade of all German ports
  • 1915-03-18 Failed British attack in Dardanelles
  • 1915-04-04 Germany protests vigorously to the US, claiming it must insist that Britain lifts its blockade and assert American neutrality
  • 1915-04-26 Italy secretly signs the "Treaty of London" with Britain, France and Russia, bringing Italy into World War I on the Allied side

Historic Event

1915-05-01 British liner Lusitania leaves NY for Liverpool

Historic Event

1915-05-17 Last liberal British government of H. H. Asquith falls

  • 1915-06-09 US President Woodrow Wilson sends 2nd Lusitania note to Germany protesting sinking of the Lusitania and refuting German claim British blockade illegal
  • 1915-06-10 British/French troops conquer German colony of Cameroon
  • 1915-06-16 The foundation of the British Women's Institute
  • 1915-06-21 Anti-British revolt in South Africa ends with arrest of General De Law
  • 1915-07-03 After exploding a bomb in US Senate reception room previous day, Erich Muenter, a German instructor at Cornell University, shoots JP Morgan for representing the British government in war contract negotiations
  • 1915-07-10 British/South African troops march into German SW-Africa
  • 1915-08-06 The British land more troops at Suvla Bay on the northern shore of Gallipoli in an effort to break the stalemate on the peninsula during WWI
  • 1915-08-09 British attack at Chanak Bair at Gallipoli during WWI
  • 1915-08-14 British transport Royal Edward sank by German U boat kills 1000
  • 1915-08-19 British liner "SS Arabic" sunk by German submarine without warning leaving Liverpool for New York; killing 44. Creates diplomatic incident
  • 1915-09-01 The German ambassador to the US pledges again that German submarines will no longer sink liners without warning and providing safety of passengers and crew following the sinking of the British liner "Arabic"
  • 1915-09-25 Battle of Loos commenced, lasted until 14th October. Chlorine gas deployed by the British was blown back into their own trenches: 59,000 British & 26,000 German casualties
  • 1915-09-29 British army conquers Chilly al Imara, Mesopotamia
  • 1915-10-08 Battle of Loos on WWI Western Front ends, German forces contain British attack (85,000 casualties)
  • 1915-10-16 Great Britain declares war on Bulgaria
  • 1915-10-19 US bankers arrange a $500 million loan to the British and French

Historic Event

1915-10-21 William Jennings Bryan's successor as US Secretary of State, Robert Lansing, sends a note to Britain protesting interference with US shipping

  • 1915-11-12 Britain annexes Gilbert & Ellice archipelago in the Western Pacific
  • 1915-12-28 Today the British Cabinet recognizes the true nature of the war by deciding to institute compulsory military service, with single men to be conscripted before married ones
  • 1915-12-30 Cromarty Harbour, Scotland - British cruiser Natal explodes: 405 die

Gallipoli: Guts, Glory and Defeat

1916-01-09 The Ottoman Empire prevails in the Battle of Çanakkale, as the last British troops evacuated

  • 1916-01-12 Britain proclaims Gilbert & Ellice Islands as a colony in Pacific
  • 1916-01-24 The Military Service Bill, calling for conscription of men for war services, passes in the British House of Commons
  • 1916-01-28 German colony of Cameroon surrenders to Britain & France
  • 1916-02-09 Britain's military service act enforced (conscription)
  • 1916-02-10 Military conscription begins in Britain
  • 1916-02-22 The House-Grey Memorandum, drafted by US and Britain, states: 'Should the Allies accept [the American idea of a conference to end the war] and should Germany refuse it, the United States would "probably" enter the war against Germany'
  • 1916-03-12 French airship mistakenly attacks and sinks British submarine D3 with loss of all hands

SS Libau Sets Sail

1916-04-09 The Libau sets sail from Germany with a cargo of 20,000 rifles to assist Irish republicans; Captain Karl Spindler changes the name of the vessel to the Aud to avoid British detection

  • 1916-04-20 German-British sea battle off Belgian coast
  • 1916-04-21 The Aud, carrying a cargo of 20,000 rifles to assist Irish republicans in staging what would become the 1916 Rising, is captured by the British Navy and forced to sail towards Cork Harbour
  • 1916-04-21 Ulster Protestant and Irish nationalist Sir Roger Casement lands at Tralee Bay, Ireland from a German submarine; discovered at McKenna's Fort and arrested by the Royal Irish Constabulary

Easter Proclamation of 1916

1916-04-24 Easter Rising of Irish republicans against British occupation begins in Dublin

  • 1916-04-27 The British renew their assault on the Irish Volunteer position in Mount Street; shelling also sets the buildings on fire
  • 1916-05-04 Ned Daly, Willie Pearse, Michael O'Hanrahan and Joseph Plunkett are executed by British authorities following the Easter Rising, at Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin
  • 1916-05-08 Irishmen Eamon Kent, Michael Mallin, Con Colbert and Sean Houston are executed by British authorities following the Easter Rising at Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin
  • 1916-05-09 British-France Sykes-Picot conference over division of Turkey
  • 1916-05-17 British Summer Time (Daylight Savings) introduced
  • 1916-05-18 A British Royal Inquiry into the Easter Rising in Dublin is set up in London
  • 1916-05-21 Britain begins "Summer Time" (daylight saving time)
  • 1916-05-24 Conscription begins in Britain
  • 1916-05-24 Last British-Indian contract workers arrive in Suriname
  • 1916-07-01 British court martial for the Easter uprising

Five Miles of Mud Costs a Million Casualties

1916-07-01 First day of the Battle of the Somme: the British Army suffers its worst day, losing 19,240 men (WWI)

  • 1916-07-26 The US Protests the 'Blacklist' issued by the British forbidding trade with some 30 US firms
  • 1916-08-04 The Turks attack the British line at Romani in the northern Sinai (WWI)
  • 1916-08-21 Sir Roger Casement, an Ulster Protestant and ardent Irish nationalist, arrested by the British
  • 1916-10-07 The German submarine U-53 arrives off Newport, Rhode Island, and sinks 9 British merchant ships in international waters
  • 1916-11-03 Treaty establishes British suzerainty over Qatar
  • 1916-11-13 British offensive at Ancre, Belgium

Historic Event

1917-06-04 Most Excellent Order of British Empire inaugurated by King George V to recognise the efforts of his people in WWI

  • 1917-06-07 The British detonate mines beneath the German-held Messines Ridge, in the Ypres area
  • 1917-06-15 In order to calm troubled relations with Ireland, the British grant amnesty to the Prisoners taken during the Easter Rising of 1916
  • 1917-06-19 The British Royal Family, which has had strong German ties since George I, renounces its German names and titles and adopts the name of Windsor

HMS Vanguard Disaster

1917-07-09 British battleship HMS Vanguard explodes at Scapa Flow (the result of an internal explosion of faulty cordite), killing 804


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 901 - 1,000 of 2,384

  • 1924-03-19 Mary Wimbush, British actress (Oh! What a Lovely War, The Archers), born in Kenton, Middlesex, England (d. 2005)
  • 1924-04-02 Denis Rooke, British engineer and CEO (British Gas), born in New Cross, London (d. 2008)
  • 1924-04-15 John Grigg, 2nd Baron Altrincham, British writer and historian, born in Westminster, London (d. 2001)
  • 1924-04-18 Roy Mason [Baron Mason of Barnsley], British defense secretary and Labour MP, born in Royston, England (d. 2015)
  • 1924-04-24 Clement Freud, British writer, radio personality, and politician, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2009)
  • 1924-05-06 Denny Wright, British jazz guitarist, born in Bromley, Kent, England (d. 1992)
  • 1924-05-14 Sonia d’Artois, British Canadian WWII resistance agent, born in Eastchurch, Kent (d. 2014)
  • 1924-05-23 Desmond Carrington, British radio host (The Music Goes Round), born in Bromley (d. 2017)
  • 1924-05-28 Geoffrey Rippon, British MP, born in Penn, Buckinghamshire (d. 1997)
  • 1924-06-19 David Scott, British priest, Chaplain to the Queen (d. 1996)
  • 1924-06-26 Peter Miles, British Army officer, businessman and courtier in the Household of Elizabeth II, born in Long Ashton, Somerset (d. 2013)
  • 1924-07-23 Gavin Lambert, British-American screenwriter (Inside Daisy Clover), born in East Grinstead, England (d. 2005)
  • 1924-07-24 David Loram, British vice-admiral (Supreme Allied Commander), born in London (d. 2011)
  • 1924-09-22 Charles Keeping, British illustrator (The Highwayman), born in London, England (d. 1988)
  • 1924-09-24 Jean-Pierre Warner, British high court judge (d. 2005)
  • 1924-09-29 David Atkinson, British air marshal, honorary physician to the Queen (d. 2013)
  • 1924-10-02 Sam Wainwright, deputy chairman (British Post Office)
  • 1924-11-07 Wolf Mankowitz, English playwright and writer (A Kid for Two Farthings), born in Spitalfields, London (d. 1998)
  • 1924-11-19 William Russell, British actor (Doctor Who, The Great Escape, Superman), born in Sunderland, England
  • 1924-11-21 Christopher Tolkien, British author and son of J. R. R. Tolkien, born in Leeds, England (d. 2020)
  • 1925-01-07 Gerald Durrell, British naturalist, zoologist and writer (My Family and other Animals), born in Jamshedpur, British India (d. 1995)
  • 1925-01-26 Desmond Cassidi, British admiral
  • 1925-01-27 Geoffrey Tucker, British political consultant
  • 1925-01-28 Henry Harris, British professor of medicine
  • 1925-02-12 Anthony Berry, British politician (killed in the Brighton hotel bombing by the IRA) (d. 1984)
  • 1925-02-22 Raymond Joseph Cecil, British architect (d. 1995)
  • 1925-03-26 Baron Hooson [Hugh Emlyn], British politician and peer (MP for Montgomeryshire 1962-79), (d. 2012)
  • 1925-03-27 John Bayley, English academic and writer (Iris: A Memoir of Iris Murdoch), born in Lahore, British India (d. 2015)
  • 1925-04-03 Tony Benn, British politcian, Minister of Technology and President of the Stop the War Coalition, born in Marylebone, London (d. 2014)
  • 1925-04-06 John Knox, British supreme court justice
  • 1925-04-09 Tom Jackson, British union leader (Post Office), born in Leeds, West Yorkshire (d. 2003)
  • 1925-04-26 Frank Hahn, British economist (Hahn's Problem), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2013)
  • 1925-05-10 Edward Fursdon, British Maj-Gen (defense council)
  • 1925-05-11 Rhodes Boyson, British politician and author (Black Papers), born in Haslingden, Lancashire (d. 2012)
  • 1925-05-29 Anthony Grant, British MP, (d. 2016)
  • 1925-05-29 Sir Kenneth Couzens, British Deputy Chairman of the British Coal Board
  • 1925-06-09 Roy Hughes, Baron Islwyn, British politician (L), born in Pontllanfraith, Monmouthshire (d. 2003)
  • 1925-06-19 Charlie Drake [Charles Springall], English comedian (Plank, Rhubarb Rhubarb, Splish Splash), born in London, England (d. 2006)
  • 1925-10-02 Brian Dillon, British Lord Justice of Appeal (1982-94) (d. 2003)

Margaret ThatcherMargaret Thatcher (1925-2013)

1925-10-13 British Prime Minister (Conservative: 1979-90), born in Grantham, Lincolnshire, England

  • 1925-11-09 Sir Alistair Horne, British historian and journalist (A Savage War of Peace: Algeria 1954–1962), born in London (d. 2017)
  • 1925-11-11 June Whitfield, English comedian (Terry and June, Absolutely Fabulous), born in London, England (d. 2018)
  • 1925-11-27 John Maddox, British science writer and editor (Nature), born in Penllergaer, Wales (d. 2009)
  • 1925-12-28 Bill [William] Westwood, British bishop of Peterborough
  • 1926-01-13 Michael Bond, British writer
  • 1926-01-14 Mahasweta Devi, Indian Bengali writer & activist, born in Dhaka, British India (d. 2016)
  • 1926-02-10 Danny Blanchflower, Northern Irish footballer and captain of Tottenham Hotspur, born in Belfast, Northern Ireland (d. 1993)
  • 1926-02-11 Alexander Gibson, British conductor and founder of the Scottish Opera, born in Motherwell, Scotland (d. 1995)
  • 1926-02-20 Cameron Rusby, British Vice-Admiral
  • 1926-02-24 Reginald Freeson, British MP
  • 1926-02-27 Peter Emery, British MP
  • 1926-03-12 Gudrun Ure, Scottish actress (Super Gran, Lady MacBeth, BBC Sorcerer), born in Campsie, Stirlingshire, Scotland
  • 1926-03-25 Hans Rausing, Swedish British industrial billionaire (Tetra Pak)
  • 1926-04-09 Michael Ogden, British barrister (Ogden Tables), born in London (d. 2003)
  • 1926-04-16 Barbara Tizard, British educator and author, born in London (d. 2015)

Elizabeth IIElizabeth II (1926-2022)

1926-04-21 Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (country's longest reigning monarch 1952-2022), born in London

  • 1926-05-06 John Hamilton-Jones, CEO (Richmond Enterprises) and British Major-General
  • 1926-05-08 Ronald Waterhouse, British high court judge (d. 2011)
  • 1926-05-09 Francis Kennedy, British diplomat
  • 1926-05-13 Wallace Breem, British author (Eagle in the Snow), born in Kingston, England (d. 1990)
  • 1926-05-29 Katie Boyle [Lady Sander Saunders], Italian born British actress and broadcaster (Eurovision), born in Florence, Italy (d. 2018)
  • 1926-05-31 Martin Peake, 2nd Viscount Ingleby, British peer and business man (d. 2008)
  • 1926-06-08 Cranley Onslow, British politician (C), born in Bexhill (d. 2001)
  • 1926-06-18 Patricia Hutchinson, British ambassador (Uruguay)
  • 1926-07-15 John Graham, British ambassador to NATO
  • 1926-07-30 Peter Trevenen Thwaites, British Brigadier General and playwright (Love or money) (d. 1991)
  • 1926-08-17 George Melly, English jazz and blues singer, born in Liverpool, England (d. 2007)
  • 1926-09-10 Beryl Cook, British painter, born in Egham, England (d. 2008)
  • 1926-11-23 Christopher Logue, British poet and stage writer (Trials)
  • 1926-12-20 Geoffrey Howe, British politician (Chancellor and Foreign Secretary under Thatcher), born in Aberavon, Glamorganshire (d. 2015)
  • 1927-01-08 Charles Tomlinson, British poet & translator, born in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire (d. 2015)
  • 1927-01-13 Sydney Brenner, South African biologist known for his contributions on the genetic code and molecular biology (Nobel Laureate 2002), born in Germiston, Transvaal, South Africa
  • 1927-01-20 Geoffrey Atkins, British World Champion racket player (1954-72)
  • 1927-01-24 Sir Patrick Macnaghten, 11th Baronet, British aristocrat (d. 2007)
  • 1927-02-10 Jakov Lind, German/British author (Counting My Footsteps)
  • 1927-02-10 Nigel Bagnall, British field marshal
  • 1927-02-10 Viscount Cowdray, British financier/multi-millionaire
  • 1927-02-16 June Brown, British actress (EastEnders, Sitting Target), born in Needham Market, Suffolk
  • 1927-02-28 John Swire, British aircraft magnate (Cathay Pacific)
  • 1927-03-11 Raymond Jackson [Jaki], British cartoonist
  • 1927-03-11 Ron Todd, British trade unionist
  • 1927-04-06 Gerry Mulligan, American saxophonist and orchestra leader (Jazz On A Summer Day), born in Queens, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1927-04-21 Gerald Flood, British actor (Doctor Who, Patton), born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England (d. 1989)
  • 1927-05-11 Anthony Hollis, British High Court Judge, (d. 2003)
  • 1927-05-17 Ronald Halstead, deputy CEO (British Steel)
  • 1927-05-18 Richard Body, British politician (C), born in Eton, Buckinghamshire
  • 1927-05-28 Robert Evans, CEO (British Gas)
  • 1927-05-31 James Eberle, British admiral, director of the Royal Institute of International Affairs)
  • 1927-05-31 Michael Sandberg, British CEO (Hong Kong & Shanghai Banking Corp)
  • 1927-06-04 Geoffrey Palmer, British actor (A Fish Called Wanda, The Madness of King George, Butterflies, Smacks & Thistle), born in London, England (d. 2020)
  • 1927-06-08 Michael Levey, English art historian and director (British National Gallery), born in Wimbledon, London (d. 2008)
  • 1927-07-20 Anthony Cavendish, British MI 6 agent/banker
  • 1927-08-01 Franklyn Perring, English botanist (co-author of Atlas of the British Flora, 1962), born in London (d. 2003)
  • 1927-08-27 Hugh Byatt, British diplomat, born in Edinburgh (d. 2011)
  • 1927-09-02 Francis Matthews, British actor (Paul Temple, Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons), born in York, England (d. 2014)
  • 1927-09-07 Eric Hill, British children's books author and illustrator (Where's Spot), born in Holloway, London (d. 2014)
  • 1927-09-07 Graham Dudley Whettam, British composer, born in Swinden, Wiltshire (d. 2007)
  • 1927-09-10 Gwendoline "Gwen" Watford, British actress (Present Laughter, Cleopatra, Taste the Blood of Dracula), born in London, England (d. 1994)
  • 1927-10-01 Sandy Gall, Malaysian-born British journalist and newscaster
  • 1927-10-21 Nadine Judd [Nadia Moore/Nerina], South African/British ballerina

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 901 - 1,000 of 1,249

  • 2003-07-25 John Schlesinger, British film director (b. 1926)
  • 2003-08-02 Don Estelle [Ronald Edwards], British actor and singer ("It Ain't Half Hot Mum"), dies at 70
  • 2003-08-24 Sir Wilfred Thesiger, British explorer (b. 1910)
  • 2003-09-01 Terry Frost, British artist, dies at 87
  • 2003-09-18 Bob Mitchell, British politician (b. 1927)
  • 2003-09-20 Lord Williams of Mostyn, Welsh barrister, politician, and Lord President of the Council, dies at 62
  • 2003-09-22 Hugo Young, British journalist (The Guardian), dies at 64
  • 2003-11-04 Richard Wollheim, British philosopher (deeply engaged with issues that were central to the visual arts), dies at 89
  • 2003-11-20 Robert Addie, British actor (cancer) (b. 1960)
  • 2003-11-20 Roger Short, British Consulate General (b. 1944)
  • 2003-11-24 Anthony Hollis, British High Court Judge, dies at 76
  • 2003-11-28 Antonia Forest [Patricia Giulia Caulfield Kate Rubinstein], British children's author (The Marlows), dies at 88
  • 2003-12-02 Alan Davidson, British author (Annabel stories) (b. 1924)
  • 2003-12-19 Roy Hughes, Baron Islwyn, British politician (L), dies at 78
  • 2004-01-11 Mervyn Pike [Baroness Pike], British politician (C), dies at 85
  • 2004-01-13 Harold Shipman, British general practitioner and prolific serial killer, commits suicide at 57
  • 2004-01-29 M. M. Kaye, British writer (The Far Pavilions), dies at 95
  • 2004-03-28 Peter Ustinov, British actor, author, journalist, comedian and broadcaster (Death on Nile, Logan's Run, Billy Budd), dies of heart failure at 82
  • 2004-03-30 Hubert Gregg, British broadcaster (b. 1914)
  • 2004-04-13 Caron Keating, British television presenter, dies at 41
  • 2004-04-25 Thom Gunn, British poet (The Wound), dies at 74
  • 2004-05-03 Anthony Ainley, British actor (Doctor Who), dies at 71
  • 2004-05-08 John Peel, British politician (C), dies at 91
  • 2004-05-14 Anna Lee [Joan Boniface Winnifrith], British actress (General Hospital, How Green Was My Valley), dies of pneumonia at 91
  • 2004-05-20 Lord Murray of Epping Forest, British labour politician and union leader, dies of emphysema and pneumonia at 82
  • 2004-06-05 Iona Brown, British violinist and conductor, dies of cancer at 63
  • 2004-07-17 Pat Roach, British professional wrestler and actor (b. 1937)
  • 2004-07-18 Paul Foot, British journalist (b. 1937)
  • 2004-08-04 Sir Kenneth Couzens, British Deputy Chairman of British Coal Board and significant figure during Miners Strike, dies at 79
  • 2004-08-12 Peter Woodthorpe, British actor (b. 1931)
  • 2004-08-14 Trevor Skeet, New Zealand-born British politician (b. 1918)
  • 2004-09-21 Bob Mason, British actor (b. 1952)
  • 2004-09-30 Michael Relph, British film producer and director (b. 1915)
  • 2004-10-07 Ken Bigley, British civil engineer, kidnapped and murdered in Iraq (b. 1942)
  • 2004-11-24 Arthur Hailey, English novelist (Hotel, Airport), dies at 84
  • 2004-12-02 Alicia Markova, English ballerina and choreographer (Diaghilev's Ballet Russe 1925-32), dies aged 94
  • 2004-12-18 Anthony Sampson, British journalist and biographer (b. 1926)
  • 2004-12-23 Peter Beazley, British politician (C) (European Parliament), dies at 82
  • 2004-12-26 Sir Angus Ogilvy, British businessman and husband of Princess Alexandra of Kent, dies at 76
  • 2005-01-01 Hugh Lawson, 6th Baron Burnham, British newspaperman, dies at 73
  • 2005-01-02 Cyril Fletcher, British comedian, dies at 91
  • 2005-01-10 Erwin Hillier, British cinematographer (b. 1911)
  • 2005-01-20 Miriam Louisa Rothschild, British zoologist, entomologist, and author (b. 1908)
  • 2005-01-23 Morys George Lyndhurst Bruce, 4th Baron Aberdare, British politician (b. 1921)
  • 2005-02-01 George Douglass Milne, British peer, soldier and artist, dies at 95
  • 2005-03-06 Tommy Vance, British radio disc jockey (b. 1943)
  • 2005-03-07 John Box, British film production designer and art director (b. 1920)
  • 2005-03-16 Ralph Erskine, British architect (Byker Wall) (b. 1914)
  • 2005-03-28 Dame Moura Lympany, British pianist (b. 1916)
  • 2005-04-05 John Sichel, British film and television director (b. 1937)
  • 2005-04-07 Cliff Allison, British racing driver (b. 1932)
  • 2005-04-16 Kathleen "Kay" Walsh, British actress (The Horse's Mouth, Oliver Twist), dies in a fire at 93
  • 2005-04-21 Gerry Marshall, British auto racer (625 x overall and class saloon wins), dies from heart failure at 63
  • 2005-05-25 Robert Jankel, British coachbuilder (b. 1938)
  • 2005-06-02 Melita Norwood, British spy (b. 1912)
  • 2005-06-26 Richard Whiteley, British television game show host (b. 1943)
  • 2005-06-27 Ray Holmes, Battle of Britain veteran (b. 1914)
  • 2005-07-12 John King, Baron King of Wartnaby, British businessman and CEO of British Airways after its privatization, dies at 87

Edward HeathEdward Heath (1916-2005)

2005-07-17 British Prime Minister (Conservative: 1970-74), dies of cancer at 89

  • 2005-07-17 Gavin Lambert, British-American screenwriter (Inside Daisy Clover), dies at 80
  • 2005-07-19 John Tyndall, British politician (b. 1934)
  • 2005-07-21 Long John Baldry, British blues musician ("Don't Try to Lay No Boogie"), dies at 64
  • 2005-07-21 Lord Alfred Hayes, English pro wrestler, manager and commentator (WWF), dies from a stroke at 76
  • 2005-07-26 Betty Astell, British actress (b. 1912)
  • 2005-07-28 Ronald MacDonald, British major-general (WWII), dies at 93
  • 2005-08-06 Robin Cook, British politician (b. 1946)
  • 2005-08-31 Joseph Rotblat, Polish-British physicist, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (for work to end the nuclear arms race), dies at 96
  • 2005-08-31 Michael Sheard, Scottish actor (The Empire Strikes Back), dies at 67
  • 2005-09-03 Richard S.R. Fitter, British ornithologist and botanist (b. 1913)
  • 2005-09-18 Michael Park, British Rally co-driver (b. 1966)
  • 2005-09-26 Helen Cresswell, British author
  • 2005-10-18 John Hollis, British actor (b. 1931)
  • 2005-11-11 Patrick Anson, 5th Earl of Lichfield, British photographer, dies at 66
  • 2005-11-23 Constance Cummings, American-British Tony Award-winning stage (Wings; Long Day's Journey Into Night), and screen (Blithe Spirit; Glamour) actress, dies at 95
  • 2005-12-07 Lucy d'Abreu, was the oldest living person in the United Kingdom from April 2004 until her death (b. 1892)
  • 2005-12-31 Phillip Whitehead, British politician (b. 1937)
  • 2006-01-05 Lord Merlyn-Rees, British politician (b. 1920)
  • 2006-01-08 Tony Banks, British politician (Labour), dies after a stroke at 63
  • 2006-02-09 Freddie Laker, British airline entrepreneur (b. 1922)
  • 2006-02-13 Peter Strawson, British philosopher (Oxford University), dies at 86
  • 2006-02-14 Lynden David Hall, British singer (b. 1974)
  • 2006-02-27 Linda Smith, British comedian (b. 1958)
  • 2006-03-01 Jack Wild, British actor (Oliver!, H.R. Pufnstuf), dies of tongue and throat cancer at 53
  • 2006-03-07 John Junkin, British actor and scriptwriter (A Hard Day's Night), dies at 76
  • 2006-03-09 John Profumo, British cabinet minister (Profumo scandal), dies at 91
  • 2006-03-18 Michael Attwell, British actor (b. 1943)
  • 2006-03-26 Nikki Sudden, British singer-songwriter (b. 1956)
  • 2006-03-27 Ruari McLean, British typographer (b. 1917)
  • 2006-05-10 Val Guest, British film director (b. 1911)
  • 2006-05-17 Eric Forth, British Member of Parliament (b. 1944)
  • 2006-06-14 Monty Berman, British film and television producer (b. 1905)
  • 2006-06-28 George Unwin, British WWII fighter ace (b. 1913)
  • 2006-07-08 Peter Hawkins, British actor/voice actor (b. 1924)
  • 2006-07-20 Ted Grant, British Trotskyist (b. 1913)
  • 2006-07-28 David Gemmell, British writer (b. 1948)
  • 2006-08-20 Bryan Budd, British soldier (Afghanistan), dies at 29
  • 2006-08-30 Robin Cooke, Baron Cooke of Thorndon, New Zealand jurist and member of the British House of Lords (b. 1926)
  • 2006-08-31 Tom Delaney, British racing driver (b. 1911)
  • 2006-09-15 Raymond Baxter, British television presenter (b. 1922)