Lavanchy-Clarke, François-Henri

BORN 4 Jan 1848, Morges, Vaud - DIED 11 May 1922, Cannes, Alpes-Maritimes
GRAVE LOCATION Cannes, Alpes-Maritimes: Cimetière Protestant du Grand-Jas, 205 avenue de Grasse (4ème allée, quartier Est)

The businessman François-Henri Lavanchy-Clarke was the founder of the Swiss Red Cross during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870/1871. After the war he lived in Egypt for a while. In 1879 he married Jenny Elisabeth Clarke.

He was the owner of a Cinématographe and worked as an intermediary in the negotions to introduce the Cinématographe in the German Empire. In 1897 he was among the cameramen who filmed the jubilee of Queen Victoria in London. From 1899 onwards he was the Swiss representative of Lever Brothers, the manufacturer of Sunlight soap. By his hand Sunlight Soap was the first product that was advertised on film.

In later years he was also doing philanthropic work for blind people.


The grave of F.H. Lavanchy-Clarke at the Cimetière du Grand-Jas, Cannes.
Picture by Androom (30 Nov 2008)


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Published: 15 Oct 2010
Last update: 17 Feb 2022