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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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Corporal James Oates 1917

Cpl James Oates 2nd/5th Lancashire Fusiliers. Killed in action June 7, 1917 aged 25 – Bury Cemetery [He was interred at Vlamertighe Cemetery, Belgium]. A verse at the base of the memorial reads:

“He did his best, like all the rest

As did his comrades, too;

He answered the call at his country’s request

And died like a soldier true.”

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Bury Cemetery – Gallipoli Casualties

After dropping an injured wild bird at a rescue centre, I took the opportunity to revisit Bury Cemetery. Using my trusty iPhone, I decided to film a quick view of one of the grave sections. Glad I did because the final headstone I saw, as I panned round the graves, commemorated two brothers who were killed at Gallipoli in 1915. At the base of the stone, there was another fine example of a Workers Tribute tablet commemorating their father.