Charles Hamilton
(1876-1961)

Died aged c. 85

Charles Harold St. John Hamilton (8 August 1876 – 24 December 1961) was an English writer, specializing in writing long-running series of stories for weekly magazines about recurrent casts of characters, his most frequent and famous genre being boys' public school stories, though he also dealt with other genres. He used a variety of pen-names, generally using a different name for each set of characters he wrote about, the most famous being Frank Richards for the Greyfriars School stories (featuring Billy Bunter). Other important pen-names included Martin Clifford (for St Jim's), Owen Conquest (for Rookwood) and Ralph Redway (for The Rio Kid). He also wrote hundreds of stories under his real name such as the Ken King stories for The Modern Boy. He is estimated to have written about 100 million words in his lifetime (:170) and has featured in the Guinness Book of Records as the world's most prolific author. Vast amounts of his output are available on the Friardale website.

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Commemorated on 2 plaques

Photo of Charles Hamilton blue plaque
Steve Daniels on Geograph

Charles Hamilton known as Frank Richards creator of Billy Bunter was born in a house on this site 8 August 1876

Ealing Broadway Centre, W5, London, United Kingdom where he was born (1876)

Frank Richards, the creator of Billy Bunter, lived here. [full inscription unknown]

Percy Avenue, Broadstairs, United Kingdom where he lived