However due to Wikipedia I now have both a photo of the grave. I should add that when I visited the grave I was rather dismayed about its general condition and neglect - the rose bush then was a rather a poor specimen to say the least!
His memorial bears the simple epitaph: "Here lies Eric Arthur Blair, born 25 June 1903, died 21 January 1950
AND I also ascertained from the same article why George was buried in Sutton Courtenay in the first place.
"The churchyard is notable as the location of the burial place of Eric Arthur Blair, better known by his pen name, George Orwell. As a child he fished in a local stream. He wanted to be buried in the churchyard of whichever was the nearest church to where he died. However he died in London and none of the local churches had any space in their graveyards. Thinking that he might have to be cremated against his wishes, his widow asked her friends whether they knew of a church that had space for him. David Astor, a friend of Orwell's who lived in Sutton Courtenay, explained the problem to his local vicar, and arrangements were made".
I have also found George in the 1911 Census as a 7 year old schoolboy
|Name Eric Blair |
Relationship to Head of Household Son
Gender Male Age 7
Estimated Year of Birth 1904
Place of Birth Rotilesri Bengal India
Nationality British Subject
Address 22 Western Road Henley
Parish Henley Upon Thames
Type of Building Private House
Number of Rooms 9
Reference RG14PN8046 RG78PN406 RD150 SD1 ED12 SN88
Administrative County Oxfordshire Registration District Henley
Registration Sub District Henley Enumeration District 12