Peter Comberbach 1913-2008


In Memoriam Peter Comberbach 1913-2008

On Tuesday April 8, 2008, peacefully at Royal Blackburn Hospital, and of Little Harwood, Blackburn, Peter aged 95 years. The dearly loved husband of the late Lillian and Flo, much loved father of Peter, June,Brian and Colin, loved father-in-law of Mary, Joe, Marie and Shelagh, also a treasured grandad and great-grandad. A service will be held at Pleasington Cemetery Chapel on Wednesday April 16, at 11.00 a.m. prior to interment at Pleasington Cemetery. Reposing in the Chapel of Rest, Broomfield Place, Witton, where flowers will be received. Inquiries The Alty Funeral Service, Broomfield Place, Witton, Blackburn tel: 503240

Thursday, 10 April 2008: This is Lancashire

The family of the late Mr Peter Comberbach wish to express their sincere thanks to all relatives, friends and neighbours for the kind messages of sympathy, cards of condolence and beautiful floral tributes received during our very sad loss. A very special thank you to Margaret, Raymond and Denise for their love and loyalty to dad over the years. To carers Karen and Ann and to Doctor Dervan for her care and attention. Also to Rev.Ken Howels for his kind words and ministrations. Finally grateful thanks to the Alty Funeral Service for their care and support they gave us at this sad time.

Thursday, 19 April 2008: This is Lancashire

Robert Comberbach 1931-2009


In Memoriam Robert Comberbach 1931-2009

Suddenly, on Friday, October 9, 2009, at Royal Blackburn Hospital, and of Crosby Close, Darwen, Robert aged 56 years. The much cherished, loved and devoted husband of Margaret, special brother-in-law of Janet and Susan, dear uncle of Brendan, Shaun, Gemma, Luke, Lewis and Frankie, and also a good friend to many. We will love you forever and thank you for the precious memories you gave to us. A service and cremation will be held at Pleasington Crematorium on Monday, October 19, 2009 at 1.30 p.m. Reposing in the Chapel of Rest, Broomfield Place, Witton, where flowers will be received. Inquiries. The Alty Funeral Service, Broomfield Place, Blackburn, BB2 1XF. Tel. 01254 503240

Wednesday, 14 October 2009: This is Lancashire

Jimmy Cumberbatch

James Jimmy Cumberbatch

James Jimmy Cumberbatch scores two tries in his debut against France

Viv Anderson broke through as the first black player to represent England at football in 1978, but rugby league had already beaten this achievement by more than forty years when Jimmy Cumberbatch ran out for England against France in 1937 (Source: The Glory of their Times Edited by Phil Melling, Tony Collins)

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DNA Project

Cumberbatch DNA Project logo DNA research is an exciting development for family history and genealogy. That is why I have launched a DNA Project to discover more about people called Cumberbatch.

Discover your Cumberbatch ancestry, your roots and your genetic cousins.

By Bob Cumberbatch

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Beyond a Boundary Graham Trent Cumberbatch

A Cricketing Cumberbatch Family

Beyond a Boundary - Barbados cricket clubs were exclusively for whites until Graham Trent Cumberbatch changed the face of cricket by helping to establish the Spartan Cricket Club in 1893. The three Cs paved the way for the cricketing greats to come including one of the three Ws.

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Clyde Cumberbatch

Clyde Cumberbatch

Umpire Clyde Cumberbatch, right, with fellow umpire Lloyd Barker of Barbados. A fast bowler turned cricket umpire from Trinidad. Read about his career as a cricketer turned umpire.
Growing up, I remember seeing Cricket Umpire Clyde Cumberbatch on the television. So I knew back then that there was another Cumberbatch out there. By Bob Cumberbatch

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George William Marshall

George William Marshall LL.D, FSA 1839-1905

George William Marhall published "Collections for a Genealogical Account of the Family of Comberbach" in 1866. This was the first study of the surname Comberbach. George's mother's maiden surname was Comberbach. Read his biography here.

By Bob Cumberbatch

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Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch CBE

Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch starred in the film Amazing Grace in which he played William Pitt The Younger. Elected as Prime Minister at the age of 24, William Pitt the Younger (1759-1806) is credited with encouraging Wilberforce to lead the abolitionist movement through political means. Pitt fell under the abolitionist movement. Wilberforce, however, disagreed and thought it beneficial to attempt peace with France. The pair reconciled within a few months and remained friends until Pitt's death in 1806, just one year before the slave trade was abolished.

Benedict's paternal ancestors were sugar plantation owners on Barbados. His ancestors are why all of us with black ancestors called Cumberbatch inherited this surname.

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Alice Beatrice Martha Cumberbatch

Alice Beatrice Martha Cumberbatch


A physically small, eccentric woman. Engaged to be married for 20 years and who sued her fiance for breach of promise when he married someone else. She chain smoked, only wore navy blue and made her own clothes. She also wrote for the Middlesex Gazette, she started the Fisherman's Benevolent Fund for Cromer, Norfolk fishermen. She raised money for the Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI). She was Chairman of the West Middlesex Hospital, honorary member of the Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators and was granted freedom of the City of London on 8 December 1960. She also created The Cumberbatch Trophy which is annually awarded for improvements in the safety of flying.

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