Some of Woking's converts to Islam
Another distinguished convert buried in Brookwood is Sir Abdullah
Archibald Hamilton, baronet, a relation of the English royal family.
He is pictured here with his wife. He died in March 1939, and his
obituary in the Islamic Review of June 1939 gives the following
information about him:
"Sir Archibald, fifth baronet of the first (1776) creation and
third baronet of the second creation (1819), succeeded to these
baronetcies on the death of his father, the late Sir Charles Edward
Hamilton, in 1915.
He married (first) in 1897, Olga, only daughter of Rear-Admiral
Sir Adolphus Fitzgeorge, K.C.V.O., and granddaughter of Field-Marshal
H.R.H. the late Duke of Cambridge, first cousin to Queen Victoria;
and (second) in 1906, Algosta Marjorie Blanch. ... He had one
son from his first wife, who was born in 1898, at whose baptism
his late Majesty King George and Queen Mary attended in person
as sponsors, and who died in action as a Lieutenant in the Grenadier
Guards in Flanders in 1918. On the death of his second wife in
1927, Sir Archibald married for the third time, and this is the
present Lady Hamilton who survives him.
Sir Archibald was a descendant of William Hamilton, one of the
six Kentish petitioners, brother of Sir James Hamilton of Donalton,
direct ancestor of the Duke of Abercorn, and also Baron Hamilton
of Paisley, who married Mary, daughter of King James II of Scotland.
Sir Archibald embraced Islam in 1924 and had since been an ardent
preacher of the faith.
The sad news reached the (Woking) Mosque on the morning of the
18th (March 1939), and the Imam went down to Selsey to arrange,
in consultation with Lady Hamilton, for the obsequies. The following
Tuesday, he went down again, accompanied by the secretary and
two other helpers, to attend to the ritual washing and shrouding.
This done, the body lay in state till the morning of Thursday,
the 23rd, when it was brought by motor car to the Brookwood Muslim
Cemetery. The mournful procession arrived at the cemetery at 12.30
p.m. The Imam, with other workers of the Mosque and distinguished
members of the Muslim Community, had already arrived there. The
Salat al-Janaza was offered in the midst of solemn silence,
the relations and friends of the deceased participating. The body
was lowered amidst the suppressed mourning of all at about a quarter
to one. His grave lies by the side of another and older stalwart
of English Islam, the late lamented Al-Haj Lord Headley al-Farooq.
They were great friends in life and close comrades-in-arms in
the cause of Islam. It was in the fitness of things that in death
also they should lie together. May Allah shower His mercy on their
valiant souls and make them an inspiration for those who survive
General Charles William Buchanan-Hamilton (Royal Navy):
From the Islamic Review, February 1935.
A woman convert, also buried at Brookwood, is Lady Khalida Buchanan-Hamilton,
President of the British Muslim Society of the time. She was the wife
of Deputy Inspector General Charles William Buchanan-Hamilton, referred
Declared his faith in Islam in January 1922. Conducted the
Id-ul-Adha prayers at Woking on 16 April 1932, reciting
whole of Sura Al-Rahman in the first raka and last
part of Sura Al-Munafiqun in the second raka.
From the Islamic Review, August 1932.
Born in Illinois, U.S.A., completed his studies at the Universities
of Washington and Columbia, where he won many scholastic honours.
Poet, literary critic, author, and editor-in-chief of Radio Personalities.
Wrote Beyond the Brim and Bazar of Dreams.
From the Islamic Review, April 1935.