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
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!
I saw several similar stones recording child deaths during my first visit to St Michael & St Lawrence, Fewston, North Yorkshire. Three of the four children died over a two week period.
Now, this is what I call a great example of a winged hour glass. Manchester General Cemetery. It marks the grave of John Willett Chesshere who died January 20, 1878 aged 1 year and 3 months.
Resting Angels at Tonge Cemetery, Bolton, Lancashire
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.
Ferdinand Stanley survived one of the most famous events of the British Army – the Charge of the Light Brigade at Balaclava during the Crimean War. He and three others, James Cameron, Jospeph Ireland and David Andrews are buried in Salford’s Weaste Cemetery.
Sgt John Millman was for 13 years Bandmaster of the Salford Police Band – Weaste Cemetery. Here is a short account of his service.
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.