Category Archives: LANCASHIRE

Collier grave slab is earliest in churchyard of St Mary Prestwich

The flat grave slab  to the Collier children is the earliest to be found in St Mary’s churchyard. Grade II listed, it records the children of Thomas Collier who died and were buried between Dec 1 and Dec 12, 1641. The inscription reads:

HEAR LYETH THE BODIES OF THE CHILDREN OF THOMAS COLLIER – RICHARD, MARY, JOHN AND MARTHA WHO BURIED BE TWIXT THE FIRST AND TWELFTH OF DECEMBER AO DMI 1641

Liverpool gravestone remembers the Captain of a ship that vanished

Under the command of Wilfred Gilberry, the Andacollo weighed anchor and departed from Callao, Peru. It was bound for Valparaiso, Chile, en route home to Liverpool. Gilberry, his crew and the Andacollo simply vanished. No trace was ever found. This headstone is one of many lining the edges of St James’ Cemetery, Liverpool.

I can recommend an excellent website [maintained by Mike Faulkner] about the burial ground which can be found HERE

Mother and Son are victims of the Blitz

An inscription at the base of a cross in Oldham’s Hollingwood Cemetery reveals another wartime tragedy. On the night of October 12/13, 1941, 15 German aircraft dropped 26 high explosive bombs on Oldham. Nineteen exploded and seven failed to detonate. A total of 27 civilians died in the raid. Two of those who died were Amy Hughes [46] and her son John Webster Hughes [13]. They were killed when one of the bombs landed on a house at 6 Incline Road, Hollinwood. Alongside the cross that marks their grave is a memorial flower vase inscribed with the words: To a Loving Mother and Son, Amy & John “Treasured Memories”

Further reading: http://bit.ly/2ifLfej

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