Sax Rohmer's Grave
A view of Sax Rohmer's headstone on his grave in Kensal Green Cemetery in West London.
Arthur Henry Sarsfield Ward was born in Birmingham on Thursday the 15th. February 1883.
He is best known under his pen name Sax Rohmer, which is the name he used when writing a series of novels featuring the master criminal Dr. Fu Manchu.
For some of his other work, he used the pen name Michael Furey which was obviously partly derived from his mother's maiden name.
Sax's first published work was in 1903, when the short story 'The Mysterious Mummy' was sold to Pearson's Weekly.
In 1909 he married Rose Elizabeth Knox.
Sax's first Fu Manchu novel, 'The Mystery of Dr. Fu Manchu', was serialised from October 1912 to June 1913. It was an immediate success with its fast-paced story of Denis Nayland-Smith and Dr. Petrie facing the worldwide conspiracy of the 'Yellow Peril'.
After the Second World War, the Rohmers moved to New York, only returning to London shortly before Sax's death. Asian Flu was the cause of his demise, which occurred on Monday the 1st. June 1959.
Sax lived for 76 years, 3 months and 17 days, or, to put it another way, 27,864 days.
Sax's wife Elizabeth Sax Rohmer and his former assistant Cay Van Ash wrote a biography of the author called 'Master of Villainy' which was published in 1972. In fact Cay and his wife Okjeon arranged for the headstone to be created and erected in the 1990's.