Yorkshire Regiment War Graves
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Manchester Southern Cemetery
Yorkshire Regiment War Graves

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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 Southern Cemetery contains burials of both wars, the majority of them scattered. There are also separate plots for First and Second World War burials, but in neither case are the graves marked individually; instead, each plot has a Screen Wall bearing the names of those buried there. Each plot has a Cross of Sacrifice. In all, 803 Commonwealth casualties of the First World War, including 1 unidentified, and 475 from the Second World War, including 3 unidentified, are now commemorated in the cemetery; there is also 1 non-war service grave.

The Screen Wall in the Second World War plot also bears the names of 177 servicemen and women whose remains were cremated. Further memorials in this plot commemorate 17 Polish servicemen buried there, and a number of casualties of both wars buried in other cemeteries and churchyards in the Manchester area whose graves could no longer be maintained.

Casualties buried in several local cemeteries and churchyards are now alternatively commemorated on Screen Wall Memorials in Manchester Southern Cemetery.

We are extremely grateful to Mike Berrell for providing the photos of the headstone and the cemetery, below.

Private Albert Edward Spruce. 202152.
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  Private Albert Edward Spruce. 202152.
2nd/4th Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment. Son of George and Clara Spruce, of Manchester; husband of Annie Spruce, of 24, Booth St. West, Manchester. Died at home 5 February 1917. Aged 35.
Enlisted Manchester.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
PRIVATE ALBERT SPRUCE / 2/4 YORKS
BELOVED HUSBAND OF / ANNIE SPRUCE
WHO DIED FEB 5TH 1917 / AGED 35 YEARS
"TILL WE MEET AGAIN"
ALSO MARTHA BELOVED WIFE OF
WILLIAM PEGG
DIED AUG 7TH 1933 / AGED 69 YEARS
"LIFE'S WORK WELL DONE"
ALSO WILLIAM / THE BELOVED HUSBAND OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED FEB 5TH 1942 / AGED 80 YEARS
"RE UNITED".

Private William Henry Smith. 44055.
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The above image is of the screen wall commemoration of Private Smith
  Private William Henry Smith. 44055.
16th Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment, transferred to (13145) Clearing Office, Labour Corps. Son of William H & Mary A Smith of Ireland. Died at home 21 March 1919. Aged 22.
Born Salford.

(Additional information : Attended St Joseph’s Industrial School for Catholic boys, Chorlton-upon-Medlock, Manchester.)

Manchester Southern Cemetery - The First World War Screen Wall on which Private Smith is commemorated.Manchester Southern Cemetery - The First World War Screen Wall on which Private Smith is commemorated.
Photo : Mike Berrell