Martin Nicholson's Cemetery Project

Longden Road Cemetery, Shrewsbury, Shropshire

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A massive cemetery requiring four separate visits to complete the survey.

Two brothers drowned in separate accidents, in Ireland and in Singapore, nearly nine years apart.

Drowned in the River Severn, aged 22.

Drowned in Clarach Bay near Aberstwyth.

Accidentally drowned, aged 11.

Accidentally drowned, aged 14.

A six year old boy presumed drowned in the River Severn. It would appear that his body was never recovered.

Drowned in the River Severn, aged 19.

Drowned in the River Severn, aged 8.

Drowned aged 3.

Jacob Evans was drowned in the River Rea.

Captain James Sawyers was washed overboard from the ship Martha in 1866.

Aged 100.

Aged 101.

Wilfred Hughes (Service #1819153) was killed while delivering supplies to the partisans.

Aged 101.

Aged 101.

Archie Willis was buried in his own cemetery.

The African Pioneer Corps was previously known as the African Auxiliary Pioneer Corps until October 1944. It would be interesting to know exactly how Nganda Kadugala ended up in Shrewsbury.

Aged 100.

Aged 100.

Joyce Winifred Rose died in an air raid on London in January 1944. Between 27th July 1940 and 26th April 1944 there were 101 daylight and 253 night raids on London by piloted aircraft.

An invalid for 50 years.

Motor Torpedo Boat 671 was lost through gunfire from German destroyers off Cape Barfleur, Alderney. A report of the battle can be found here.

Aged 101.

Aged 100.

A widow for 59 years.

This man lost his wife and his three children on the same day.

Aged 103.

Aged 100.

Aged 102.

Aged 102.

Aged 100.

Robert Teece worked for the Post Office for 49 years.

Aged 100.

A particularly uninformative memorial but the names amused us.

Aged 105.

Aged 100.

Aged 101.

Aged 103.

HMS Vernon was a shore establishment or 'stone frigate' of the Royal Navy.

Sadly the words used on this memorial don't make sense. You cannot be the parents of your grandchildren.

Aged 100.

Whoever came up with the wording for this memorial deserves great praise.

Anna Follini "Gave her life to horses"

"Granny Biscuit". Did she get the biscuit tin out each time she had visitors?

Police Constable Richard Gray was shot while attending a domestic disturbance.

Aged 100.

United Airlines Flight 175 crashed into the South Tower of the World Trade Center at 09:03, killing all 65 people aboard.

Aged 100.

HMS Warrior was badly damaged at the battle of Jutland and was abandoned and allowed to sink

William Henry Carter died as the result of an accident on the Great Western Railway.

HMS Vivid was a Royal Navy Shore Training Establishment.

Aged 102.

Henry George Price died of illness on the Royal Navy training ship HMS Impregnable. It is not known why his age (16?) has been deleted from the stone.

Private William Paskin committed suicide at Copthorne Barracks.

A very unusual first name - Tryphena.

John Cowdell lost his life though an accident on the Great Western Railway in 1883.

Samuel Webster Allen was the 4th Bishop and Ambrose James Moriarty was the 6th Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Shrewsbury.

Antonio Colombotti - was a victim of the Shrewsbury railway accident of October 1907.

Aged 100.

Peter Alfred Davies was a Royal Marine who drowned off Pembokeshire while testing an experimental landing craft.

During the Battle of Balaclava Henry Preece took part in the charge of the Heavy Brigade as a result of which the Russians were forced onto the defensive.

An unusual design where only one part seems to have been renovated.

William Walter Vaughan was killed when two London, Midland and Scottish Railway goods trains collided near Stafford in 1938.

Stephen Crabtree Hodgson - another victim of the Shrewsbury railway accident of October 1907.

Aged 108 - an excellent find by Claire.

Joseph Jobson died in 1860 following an accident on the Shrewsbury and Hereford Railway.

Aged 100.

It looks as if additional text was being engraved on this stone and that we happened to see it before it was finished.

An extra line of text has been inserted and this has left the memorial looking rather strange.

The mason seems to have had a problem with the name of Mary Meredith's mother. There is a confusing mixture of i's, m's and n's.

Wilmsdorff Mansergh died in March 1893 having been "thrown from his car". This must have been steam rather than petrol powered.

HMS Worcester was the name given to the Thames Nautical Training College. Norman Hunter Sillar was only 13 when he died there.

A very impressive military memorial.

This is a very curious gravestone. It looks as if some text was partially deleted and the new text engraved over the top.

Frank Turner drowned in the River Severn while staying at the Unicorn Hotel.

This is first time we have seen "Recruit" engraved on a military grave.

Amy Alicia Vincent had been the Principal of a school in Ceylon for 7 years when she died aged 32.

John Edwards was a prisoner of war when he died in 1942. Curiously details of his military record cannot be found.

Aged 100.

One small section of the cemetery has been set aside to remember all the babies that died in Shrewsbury hospitals. There are currently 20 stones bearing the names and the date of death.

From the front this looked like a fairly standard memorial - then we looked around the side!

This must have been an expensive memorial when it was first purchased.

Martin Nicholson - Daventry, United Kingdom.

This page was last updated on June 15th 2015.