Martin Nicholson's Cemetery Project

Chester (Blacon) Cemetery and Crematorium, Chester, Cheshire

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A general view.

"Married for 63 happy years"

"Chester's Swan Lady".

A superb horse racing themed memorial.

Ahmed was an Anatomist, Poet and Raconteur.

Trevor Jones was "accidentally drowned" aged 6 years.

Aged 100.

Aged 101.

Henryk served in both the Polish Air Force and Royal Air Force.

"Better known as Old Dee".

Aged 101.

Paul Mayers was "Buried At Sea".

I wonder if this was the family dog?.

Aged 100.

"Called to Jesus, Aged 2 Days, 1956".

John Cartwright was a Prisoner of War from 1940 until 1945.

A Polish war grave.

One of a group of three in the cemetery.

Ronald was a widower for 53 years.

Edna Minns was a "Recipient of Royal Maundy" (money).

It looks as if Elizabeth Smith had her two daughters when she was very young - 14 and 15.


George and Margaret both died during the Second World War and in their first month.

"I to the hills" (sic).

Aged 100.

Aged 101.

No dates - I wonder why?.

A wonderfully colourful memorial to a 15 year old.

Most of the war graves were concentrated in a single, well maintained, area.

A Soviet war grave - these are very seldom seen in the United Kingdom.

Private Stewart came from South Africa but served in the British armed forces.

R Nkokonyane and Warakuoni Menauru both served with the African Pioneer Corps.

The Polish Resettlement Corps (PRC; Polish: Polski Korpus Przysposobienia i Rozmieszczenia) was an organisation formed by the British Government in 1946 as a holding unit for members of the Polish Armed Forces who had been serving with the British Armed Forces and did not wish to return to a Communist Poland after the end of the Second World War.

The central memorial.

An unknown airman of the Second World War. He was "found" somewhere.

J Gay came from Jamaica.

G W Cotterill came from New Zealand.

Nicholson is my family name.

"Buried near this spot"

N W Harnett came from Newfoundland.

L H Smit came from Southern Rhodesia.

M J Lahausse came from Mauritius.

R T Bowen was a Navigator Instructor - a rank seldom seen on a war grave.

A French-Canadian Under-Training Bomb Aimer.

Another general view.

Gerald Richardson served in the United State Air Force.

Aged 102.

"It Is What It Is".

"Piano was her forte" - both clever and amusing!.

"Away on business".

A baby twin who died aged 7 1/2 hours.

John was killed in the Cresford Colliery disaster. The Gresford disaster occurred on 22 September 1934 at Gresford Colliery, Gresford, near Wrexham, in northeast Wales, when an explosion killed 266 men and boys.

Julie and Colin died on the same day, both were aged 20.

Roger Martin Owen was a Senior Building Surveyor.

Lorraine "Died suddenly in hospital after a short illness".

Aged 100.

Born 1913, Born Again 1961 and Called Home 1991.

Aged 101.

Albert George Harley (17 April 1940 – June 1993) was an English footballer who played as a wing half in the Football League for Shrewsbury Town, Swansea Town, Crewe Alexandra, Stockport County and Chester.

"We had the best of times".


Three general views.


Claire Christine Nicholson and Martin Piers Nicholson - Ticklerton (Shropshire) and Daventry (Northhamptonshire), United Kingdom.

This page was last updated on July 13th 2017.