Greater Manchester





Picture above used with the permission of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Historical Information

During the First World War, Manchester contained between thirty and forty war hospitals, including the 2nd Western General Hospital and the Nell Lane Military Hospital for prisoners of war. Many of those buried in the cemeteries and churchyards of the city died in these hospitals. During the Second World War, there was a Royal Air Force Station at Heaton Park, Manchester.

Manchester (Philips Park) Cemetery contains 272 First World War burials and 174 from the Second World War. The burials are scattered throughout the cemetery, a Screen Wall near the main entrance bears the names of those casualties of both wars whose graves could not be individually marked. There is also one non-war service burial in the cemetery. A Cross of Sacrifice stands beside the Screen Wall.

The following pictures and information courtesy of Frank Cassidy.

William Jones of Rourkes Drift is a sad tale indeed. When he left the army he came to live in Manchester but hit on hard times and apparently sold his VC of a fiver. When he died we was buried in a paupers grave. It wasn't until about the year 2000, they were building a stadium for the Commonwealth games ( now Manchester City home ground) and they also built a new road called Alan Turing Way. To build this road they had to encroach on the edge of the cemetery and so moved many of the bodies. It was only then when they were checking who was who because they had to inform any living relatives that they discovered he was there and so they erected a special headstone to commemorate this past hero.


George Stringer died in 1957 and is buried in a family grave. George Stringer VC, won on 8 March 1916 in Mesopotamia. This is not the original headstone, that like many others in the cemetery have been vandalised or just fell into disrepair and so this one was erected by the British Legion or some other ex-military organisation, I cannot remember who exactly.


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