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Manchester Southern Cemetery

  • Country United Kingdom
  • Total identified casualties 1275 Find these casualties
  • Region Lancashire
  • Identified casualties from First & Second World War
  • GPS Coordinates Latitude: 53.42769, Longitude: -2.26122

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History information

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, 775 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 the following cemeteries and churchyards are now alternatively commemorated on Screen Wall Memorials in Manchester Southern Cemetery:

Ashton-under-Lyne (St Michael) Churchyard Extension

Birch-in-Rusholme (St James) Churchyard

Bury (Brunswick) United Methodist Cemetery

Cheetham Hill (St Luke) Churchyard

Eccles (St Mary) Churchyard

Eccleston (St Thomas) Churchyard Extension

Edgeworth Congregational Chapelyard

Hey (or Lees) (St. John the Baptist) Churchyard Extension

Manchester General Cemetery

Newton Heath (All Saints) Church Cemetery

Openshaw (St Barnabas) Churchyard

Swinton Unitarian Chapelyard.