Above: The gravestone marking Roald Dahl’s burial place at the Church of St Peter and Paul, near the author’s former home in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire (Credit: MilborneOne, via Wikimedia Commons).
23 November 1990 – the date Roald Dahl passed away, at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.
74 – Dahl’s age when he died.
12 November 1990 – the date that Roald Dahl was admitted to hospital, suffering from myelodysplastic syndrome, a blood disease.
11 – the number of days that Dahl spent in hospital before his death.
Did You Know?
When Roald Dahl was buried, some of his favourite things were buried with him, in what his granddaughter described as “a sort of Viking funeral”. Items included some fine burgundy wine, chocolate, his HB pencils, a few snooker cues, and a power saw.
29 November 1990 – the date Roald Dahl was buried at St Peter and St Paul’s Church in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire.
And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light. – a verse from ‘Do not go gentle into that good night’ by Dylan Thomas, one of the readings given at Roald Dahl’s funeral (Dylan Thomas was Dahl’s favorite poet).
Did You Know?
During his stay in hospital a mischievous Roald tried to arrange for his pet Jack Russell ‘Chopper’ to be lifted up to his window in a basket.