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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

 

 

 

What’s in a Wall?

St Paul’s church at Peel, Little Hulton has a very large graveyard containing some magnificent memorials. Running alongside the right hand side of the building are a large number of small headstones which are closely packed. They are for cremated remains. It works well until a portion of the supporting wall collapses, tipping headstones and cremains [an awful word] over the edge. Worse still, it provides an opportunity to discover what the retaining wall is constructed from . . . Sorry, but I just don’t like it and I keep coming across path kerbs and walls made of the same thing!

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Showman’s Family Grave.

Samuel Henry Clayton was a member of the Showmen’s Guild of Great Britain and Ireland. It’s motto is Unity and Strength. In 1923, his wife Sophia appeared in court in Tamworth charged with illegally running a Grand National style horse race lottery. She was fined £2 and made to pay costs of nine shillings. Perhaps it was apt that she was arrested by the aptly named Inspector Horseman.

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Sixth Day of the Somme Casualty

A Sixth Day of the Somme casualty. Lt Caleb Walden Margerison, Lonsdale Battalion, The Border Regiment is remembered in Southport’s Duke Street Cemetery. He took part in a raid on the Bulls Eye Trenches of the Leipzig Redoubt on the night of 5/6th June 1916. and was Mentioned in Despatches. Lt Margerison died of wounds on July 6, 1916 aged 21. He is buried in Warloy Baillon Communal Cemetery, Somme.

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