Connolly, William b. May, 1817 d. December 31, 1891 Indian Mutiny Victoria Cross Recipient. He received the award for his actions on July 7, 1857 at Jhelum, British India. Born in Liverpool, Lancashire, England he joined the British Indian Army and was assigned to the Bengal Horse Artillery and was assigned to Indiana during the Indian Mutiny of 1857. He died in Liverpool at the age of 74 and his medal is displayed at the British in India Museum in Nelson, Lancashire, England. His Victoria Cross citation reads: "During an engagement with the...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) Kirkdale Cemetery, Liverpool, Metropolitan Borough of Liverpool, Merseyside, England
Dean, Bill b. September 3, 1921 d. April 20, 2000 British Actor. He was born in Liverpool, England and died in Wirral, Merseyside, England. Film and television credits include "The Liver Birds," "Heartbeat," "Brookside," "Agatha Christie's Partners in Crime," "Juliet Bravo," "Minder," "Z Cars," "Pennies from Heaven," "Softly Softly," "Dixon of Dock Green," "The Tomorrow People," "Gumshoe," and "Kes." (Bio by: Genet) Thornton Crematorium, Thornton, Metropolitan Borough of Sefton, Merseyside, England Plot: Near Crosby, Wirral, Merseyside, England
Dowling, William b. 1825 d. February 17, 1887 Indian Mutiny Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Kilkenny, Ireland, he served as a Private in the 32nd Regiment of Foot, British Army. On July 4, 1857, at Lucknow, India, Private Dowling went out with two other men, spiked the enemy's guns and killed a subadar of the enemy by one of the guns. On July 9, 1857, he again when out, with three men to spike one of the enemy's guns, but had to retire as the spike was too small. In doing so, he was exposed to the same dangers. Also on September 27, 1857...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Ford Cemetery, Ford, Metropolitan Borough of Sefton, Merseyside, England Plot: Precise location in the cemetery is unknown.
Epstein, Brian b. September 19, 1934 d. August 27, 1967 Music Businessman. He gamed fame and notoriety as the manager of the seminal and popular rock music band "The Beatles". Born in Liverpool, England, he was managing the record department in his father's furniture store when he discovered the Beatles playing only a few streets away in the Cavern Club. A failed Royal Academy of Dramatic Art actor, he used his natural flair to smarten up the Beatles' image to make them more accessible to a larger audience. While criticized now for his lack of...[Read More] Cause of death: Accidental overdose Everton Cemetery, Everton, Metropolitan Borough of Liverpool, Merseyside, England Plot: Jewish burial ground
Fagan, Joe b. March 12, 1921 d. July 2, 2001 Sportsman. Legendary football (soccer) manager. Born in Liverpool, he started his playing career with Manchester City before joining Bradford Park Avenue as player-manager. He joined Rochdale as trainer before settling at Liverpool as assistant trainer in May 1958. He was appointed first team trainer in 1971 and, when Bill Shankly retired in 1974, he became assitant manager under Bob Paisley. When Paisley himself retired in 1983 Fagan took over as manager, leading the club to an unprecedented...[Read More] (Bio by: Kieran Smith) Anfield Cemetery and Crematorium, Anfield, Metropolitan Borough of Liverpool, Merseyside, England
Farmer, Donald Dickson b. May 28, 1877 d. December 23, 1956 2nd Boer War Victoria Cross Recipient. A native of Scotland, he received the award from the British Duke of York George Frederick Ernest Albert on August 15, 1901 at Pietermaritzburg, South Africa for his actions as a sergeant in the 1st Battalion, The Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders of the British Army on December 13, 1900 at Nooitgedacht, South Africa. Born in Kelso, Scottish Borders, Scotland, his father was a pastry cook and confectioner. In March 1892 he enlisted in The Queen's Own Cameron...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) Anfield Cemetery and Crematorium, Anfield, Metropolitan Borough of Liverpool, Merseyside, England
Fraser, LCDR. Ian Edward b. December 18, 1920 d. September 1, 2008 Victoria Cross recipient. He was awarded Britain's highest military decoration for gallantry in the face of the enemy for his actions on July 31, 1945. The citation for his Victoria Cross, dated November 13, 1945, reads: "Lieutenant Fraser commanded His Majesty's Midget Submarine XE-3 in a successful attack on a Japanese heavy cruiser of the Atago class at her moorings in Johore Strait, Singapore, on July, 31 1945. During the long approach up the Singapore Straits XE-3 deliberately left the...[Read More] (Bio by: wildgoose) Landican Cemetery and Crematorium, Woodchurch, Metropolitan Borough of Wirral, Merseyside, England
Gourley, Cyril Edward b. January 19, 1893 d. January 31, 1982 World War I Victoria Cross Medal Recipient. He served as a Sergeant in the 276th West Lancashire Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. At the Battle of Cambrai, Epehy France, on November 30, 1917, he was in command of a section of howitzers. During an advance, German forces were within a few hundred yards of him, both to the front and on one flank. Sergeant Gourley managed to keep one gun firing and engaged a machine-gun at 500 yards, knocking it out with a direct hit. All day he held the Germans in...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Grange Cemetery, West Kirby, Metropolitan Borough of Wirral, Merseyside, England
Holliday, Michael b. November 26, 1928 d. October 29, 1963 Singer. Born Norman Alexander Milne in Liverpool, Merseyside, England, the son of a New Zealander seaman. After leaving school, he joined the Merchant Navy, and it was while on shore leave in New York City that he entered a talent contest at Radio City Music Hall and won. In 1950 he resigned from the Merchant Navy and began singing in Liverpool's various dance halls. He then legally changed his name, adopting his mother's maiden name. He won another talent contest at the Locarno in Liverpool...[Read More] (Bio by: Iola) Anfield Cemetery and Crematorium, Anfield, Metropolitan Borough of Liverpool, Merseyside, England
Jones, Ken b. February 20, 1930 d. February 13, 2014 English Actor. Ken is perhaps best remembered for his roles in Z Cars, and Porridge. He also starred in the sitcom series, the Liver Birds, in which he played Uncle Dermot alongside his wife Sheila Fay. Ken and Sheila met in Liverpool at the Merseyside Community Theatre Group, which was started by the father of his lifelong friend Malcolm Frood. They married on 30th October 1964 at St Polycarp Church, in Everton, near where Ken’s family had made their home in Anfield. Ken passed away at a...[Read More] (Bio by: Stephen Farnell) Anfield Cemetery and Crematorium, Anfield, Metropolitan Borough of Liverpool, Merseyside, England
Kirk, John b. July 18, 1827 d. August 30, 1865 Indian Mutiny Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Liverpool, England, he served as a Private in the 10th Regiment of Foot, British Army. At Benares, India, on June 4, 1857, Private Kirk along with two others volunteered to rescue the Pension Paymaster Captain Brown and his family. At great risk, he went in the compound of the family's bungalow that was surrounded by rebels and succeeded the rescue. For daring gallantry, he was awarded the Victoria Cross on January 20, 1860. (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Anfield Cemetery and Crematorium, Anfield, Metropolitan Borough of Liverpool, Merseyside, England
Lennon, Julia b. March 12, 1914 d. July 15, 1958 Born Julia Stanley, she was the mother of John Lennon, legendary guitarist/singer/songwriter for The Beatles. She married his father, merchant seaman Alfred "Freddie" Lennon, on December 3, 1938, against the wishes of her father, George Ernest Stanley (her mother was Annie Millward). John was born on October 9, 1940, after Julia endured nearly 30 hours of labor, amidst an air raid from the Nazis. Both of John's parents dabbled in entertainment, though neither pursued it professionally (Julia...[Read More] (Bio by: Donna Di Giacomo) Allerton Cemetery, Allerton, Metropolitan Borough of Liverpool, Merseyside, England Plot: Section CE38, lot 806
Mace, Jem 'Gypsy' b. April 8, 1831 d. November 30, 1910 Professional Boxer. He made his boxing debut as a bareknuckle boxer in 1857, and in 1861, he defeated Sam Hurst to become the Champion of England. He successfully defended his title multiple times. In 1870, he defeated Tom Allen for the Heavyweight Championship of America. After his boxing career, he traveled the world teaching boxing and conducting tournaments. He is known by some as the "Father of Modern Boxing", and it has been said that he had the greatest influence on boxing in the pre-...[Read More] (Bio by: M.J. Beard) Anfield Cemetery and Crematorium, Anfield, Metropolitan Borough of Liverpool, Merseyside, England
Maybrick, James b. October 4, 1838 d. May 11, 1889 Suspected to be "Jack the Ripper." James Maybrick was a well known cotton merchant in Liverpool. The mysterious emergence of the so-called Maybrick "Jack The Ripper" journal in 1992 however, immediately thrust him to the forefront of credible Ripper suspects. Regardless of the Diary's authenticity, the story of James Maybrick is remarkable in its own right. Convicted of his murder in 1889, Maybrick's wife, Florence, was sentenced to be hanged. The trial was a horrible travesty of justice...[Read More] Cause of death: Overdose, result of arsenic addiction Anfield Cemetery and Crematorium, Anfield, Metropolitan Borough of Liverpool, Merseyside, England
Molyneux, John b. November 20, 1890 d. March 25, 1972 World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in St. Helens, England, he served as a Sergeant in the 2nd Battalion, Royal Fusiliers, British Army. During an attack east of Langemarck, Belgium, on October 9, 1917, Sergeant Molyneux's battalion was held up by machine-gun fire causing many casualties. He quickly organized a bombing party to clear the trench in front of a house, killed a machine-gun crew and captured their weapons. He then called for someone to follow him and rushed for the house. By...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Saint Helens Cemetery and Crematorium, St Helens, Metropolitan Borough of St Helens, Merseyside, England Plot: Ashes scattered in the Garden of Remembrance.
Montgomery, Robert William b. 1838 d. 1898 Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served in the Union Navy as a Captain of the Afterguard. He entered the service at Norwich, Connecticut. His citation reads "Montgomery on board the USS Agawam as one of a volunteer crew of a powder boat which was exploded near Fort Fisher, 23 December 1864. The powder boat, was towed in by the Wilderness to prevent detection by the enemy, cast off and slowly steamed to within 300 yards of the beach. After fuses and fires had been lit and a...[Read More] (Bio by: Don Morfe) Ford Cemetery, Ford, Metropolitan Borough of Sefton, Merseyside, England Plot: Public Lot, Section BZ, Grave 2414 [unmarked]