Martin Nicholson's Cemetery Project

Merridale Cemetery, Wolverhampton, West Midlands

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This was our first visit of the 2013 season. The cemetery is well maintained and despite being situated in a major town it was surprisingly quiet. The chapel and ground was consecrated May 23rd 1850 and the cemetery was officially opened June 10th 1850.

HMS Hebe was an Alarm-class torpedo gunboat launched in 1892, converted to a minesweeper in 1909 and sold in 1919.

Aged 103.

Aged 100.

The words used to describe Elijah Wilkinson's career are rather clumsy.

Aged 101.

"Their" has been engraved as "thier" not once but twice - oh dear!

Albert Willits was a policeman "shot in the execution of his duty" in 1925.

Aged 100 and a widow for 63 years.

Killed in a road accident in 1949.

James Richard Young died from an illness contracted during his time on active service.

A poignant memorial but the effect is somewhat diminished because some of the text doesn't appear to make sense.

Raymond Millington died in a road accident aged three years and nine months.

Aged 101.

Aged 105.

Aged 101.

In 1902 Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service (QAIMNS) was established by Royal Warrant. It replaced the Army Nursing Service which had been established in 1881.

The memorial has been designed to look like a chapel. Neither Claire nor I have seen anything similar before.

A letter carrier for 46? years.

Aged 100.

Eutychus is a very unusual first name.

The hospital ship Anglia was sunk by a mine off Folkestone in 1915 with the loss of 164 people including a nursing sister.

Why was a metal plate used to cover up some of the text on this memorial?

This was a curious section of the cemetery with what appeared to be family tombs built into a raised section of the site.

Aged 101.

Aged 100.

HMS Victory was a Shore Training Establishment.

Gertrude Keartland died "following an accident while on hospital duty" in 1944.

Albert Ward Spencer Molineaux served in the Royal Flying Corps.

Aged 103.

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This page was last updated on February 18th 2013.