The Howard Staunton society was formed in
1993 and has been responsible for the following:
1) We instigated the Howard Staunton tomb in Kensal Green cemetery
(Nearly £5000 was raised for this purpose and the tomb was designed
by Society Secretary, Barry Martin)
The Howard Staunton tombstone
|The dedication is taken from Shakespeare’s
Henry VI part I and reads:
‘O that I could
call this dead to life!
It were enough to
fright the realm of France.
Were but his picture left
amongst you here it would
amaze the proudest
of you all.
Give me his body,
that I bear it hence,
and give it burial,
as beseems his worth.’
2) We initiated the Blue Plaque commemorating
in Nottinghill Gate under the auspices of English Heritage.
Barry Martin, David Howell and Grandmaster
The plaque was unveiled at 117 Landsdowne
Road W11 on Tuesday 28th September 1999. Society Secretary Barry
Martin gave a speech which
closed with the words:
‘Given much of what I have
said this plaque is a beacon nationally and internationally
for those not
only wishing to pay their respects
to this great man but also to those values that he stood up for;
resourcefulness and strength in adversity; a belief in the power
of the mind as a creative tool that can be developed and nurtured
throughout our lives, and given his constant financial straits
his belief in the purity of thought unfettered by the chains of commercialisation
that many a man of smaller stature has succumbed to, especially
the stakes run high.
He kept honour with himself!
I am most privileged and honoured in unveiling this plaque to the
memory of the greatest English chess player of all time - and a modern
hero - Howard Staunton.
3) The Staunton Memorial (A Grandmaster
all-play-all Tournament) at Simpson’s in the Strand was inaugurated by the Staunton society’s
Chairman Raymond Keene in 2003. A second tournament was held in 2004.
The Society exists to promote awareness of Howard Staunton and
to argue the case that he should be recognized as a full world champion.
include Chairman Raymond Keene (who
here presents the case to recognise Staunton as a full world Champion), Secretary
Barry Martin, Treasurer Clive
Davey, Honorary President IGM Nigel Short MBE and Royal Patron Prince
Mohamed bin Talal of Jordan.
Further information can be obtained from the Secretary Barry
98, Cole Park Road
020 8742 2311
Full membership of the Society is £25 a year or £15/year
for OAPs and £10 a year for those U-16.