|Manchester Southern Cemetery|
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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. 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*. Each plot has a Cross of Sacrifice. In all, 813 Commonwealth casualties of the First World War, including 1 unidentified, and 482 from the Second World War, including 3 unidentified, are now commemorated in the cemetery; there is also 1 non-war service grave. Casualties buried in the following cemeteries and churchyards are now alternatively commemorated in Manchester Southern Cemetery: Ashton-under-Lyne (St Michael) Churchyard Extension Birch-in-Rusholme (St James) Churchyard Blackley (St Peter) Churchyard Bury (Brunswick) United Methodist Cemetery Cheetham Hill (St Luke) Churchyard Eccles (St Mary) Churchyard Eccleston (St Thomas) Churchyard Extension Edgeworth Congregational Chapelyard Manchester General Cemetery Newton Heath (All Saints) Church Cemetery Openshaw (St Barnabas) Churchyard Swinton Unitarian Chapelyard.
C. A. (Adrian) Brown
No. 15 Aircraft Acceptance Park, Royal Air Force
Accidentally Killed 15/01/1919, aged 24. G. RC. 39
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