Category Archives: LANCASHIRE

Catholic Volunteer who fought in a little remembered war

In 2014, I visited Birkdale Roman Catholic Cemetery on the edge of Southport.Looking through my images recently, I hadn’t realised the significance of one particular memorial until now. It mentioned Daniel Henry Shee – Late Pontifical Zouaves 1867-1870 and Superintent of Birkdale Farm Reformatory School 1877 – 1909. Capt Shee was a Knight of Pius & Papal war hero. The story of the Papal Zouves is one of great heroism by a multinational force of Catholic volunteers [shades of the International Brigade in the Spanish Civil War]. The organisation’s history is detailed HERE

The school, which became an Approved School in 1933, had a troubled beginning and it was Capt Shee’s arrival that saw much improvement in its operation made. A very useful history of the school can be read HERE

A transcription of the staff members and the ‘scholars under detention’ is available HERE

 

 

 

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