DEAD: ON THIS DATE
Rudyard Kipling (aged 70)
-English short-story writer, poet, and novelist (The Jungle Book, Gunga Din)
Joseph Rudyard Kipling (30 December 1865 – 18 January 1936) was an English journalist, short-story writer, poet, and novelist. He was born in India, which inspired much of his work.
DEATH: Kipling kept writing until the early 1930s, but at a slower pace and with much less success than before. On the night of 12 January 1936 he suffered a haemorrhage in his small intestine. He underwent surgery but died less than a week later on 18 January 1936, at the age of 70 of a perforated duodenal ulcer. His death had previously been incorrectly announced in a magazine, to which he wrote, “I’ve just read that I am dead. Don’t forget to delete me from your list of subscribers.”
The pallbearers at the funeral included Kipling’s cousin, the Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin, and the marble casket was covered by a Union Jack.Kipling was cremated at Golders Green Crematoriumin northwest London, and his ashes interred at Poets’ Corner, part of the South Transept of Westminster Abbey, next to the graves of Charles Dickens and Thomas Hardy.