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PostPosted: 19:01:28 Fri 02/Feb/2018 
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I thought this would be interesting to our members so requested permission from Mal Holmeds to copy it here for you.

Hi... allow me to give a brief introduction... I am the Historian for Everton Cemetery... behind every burial is a story... To this end, I will tell some stories of the burial plots in Everton.... some known in history circles, and some unknown.

The Cemetery, as we know it today, was bought in 1876/7, and Mr John Houlding's Building Company (Mr J Houlding was the founder of LFC) was contracted to developed the site with its three Mortuary Chapels, Gatehouses, Boundary Walls and Gates. Mr. John Houlding was also the first Chairman of the Everton Burial Board. Everton Cemetery was officially opened on 16th July 1880.

Many of the headstones in Everton Cemetery, date back much longer than the opening. Whenever, work was undertaken in the city, like widening of roads or dock gates, if this work cut into the city's graveyards, the bodies would be exhumed, and moved to Everton, along with the headstones, and in fact sections of Everton Cemetery, contain many of these graves, from the likes of St.Nicholas's, St.James and St.George's to name but a few... here is another...

On 31st August 1898, Liverpool's Necropolis Cemetery (Low Hill/Everton), was closed, due to an edict of the City Fathers, stating the unsanitary conditions spreading to surrounding neighbourhoods, plus the fact that the Cemetery was nearing its full capacity of 80,000 burials. The old headstones, were 'dropped' over the graves, and subsequently landscaped in the early 1910's, to make 'Grant Gardens' a public park, which was opened by City Alderman J.R.Grant in 1914.

Headstones from 'active' private plots at the Necropolis, were removed to Everton Cemetery along with much older headstones and remains from Church Graveyards within the city boundaries, when public works, such as road widening or improvements to the riverside docks were undertaken in the early 1900's, which cut into these old burial sites...

The majority of standing Necropolis Headstones here at Everton Cemetery are in the centre of Section GEN6, however, there are a few of these headstones placed in other religious denomination sections of the Cemetery. Older 'dropped' Headstones and remains, from Churches within the City, (now long gone), are buried in the outer boundary sections of Everton Cemetery (CE32-38)

Everton Cemetery is also described (by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission) as Liverpool (Everton) Cemetery. The cemetery was opened in July 1880 and is used for Church of England, Roman Catholic and Non-Conformist (Methodist) burials. However there are now Muslim and Chinese Sections. Adjacent to Everton Cemetery, there is also the gated and walled Long Lane Jewish Cemetery.

Various buildings at the cemetery are Grade II listed buildings. In December 1914, Liverpool became one of the 21 Auxiliary Patrol Bases and in February 1915, the base of the 10th Cruiser Squadron. During the Second World War, Liverpool was headquarters of Western Approaches Command and a manning depot for officers and men of the Merchant Navy who agreed to serve with the Royal Navy for the duration of the war. Liverpool (Everton) Cemetery contains 55 First World War burials and 15 from the Second World War. There is a small Screen Wall memorial bearing the names of those whose graves are not marked by headstones. During the First World War, almost 700 American servicemen died in Liverpool's military hospitals and most of them were buried in Everton cemetery. Their remains were later removed to the American military cemetery at Brookwood,or to the United States. There are 71 identified war casualties here. even including one from the more modern Gulf War.

Research has recently, uncovered that there are also 107 air-raid casualty deaths, from the Liverpool Blitz of 1940/41. Buried here at the Cemetery.

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Thanks Mary and Mal for allowing it to be reproduced. Very interesting.

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