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More burial and cremation records go online

All 420,000 records for historic Manor Park Cemetery and Crematorium in East London have been digitised and are now available online.

The records join the line-up on a portal that now features more than three million burial and cremation records for London and even millions more for the rest of the UK, as it covers areas from Aberdeen down to South Devon:

Manor Park Cemetery and Crematorium opened in 1875 and its records comprise approximately 380,000 burial records and 40,000 cremation records. These include digital scans of registers; computerised records for post-1996 burials and cremations; interment details indicating all those buried in each grave and maps providing the section in the cemetery where each burial is located, as well as some photographs of memorials.

The 43-acre cemetery and crematorium is located in the London Borough of Newham. It is privately owned and has been managed by the same family since its foundation. It features some fascinating memorials that offer a real insight into the life and death in the eastern part of the capital city in the late 19th and 20th centuries.

The grave of William Nesbitt, the first person to be interred here – an event that took place on 25th March 1875 – can still be found on the right hand side of Remembrance Road. There are also approximately 100 war graves, including that of John Travers Cornwell VC (1900-1916), who died from his wounds at the age of 16 in the Battle of Jutland, and who is believed to be the third youngest recipient of the Victoria Cross.

Other historic graves include that of Annie Chapman (1841–1888), the second victim of Jack the Ripper, and Elizabeth Ann Everest (d. 1895), who was Winston Churchill’s nanny.

There is a large memorial to 10-year-old hero John Clinton (d. 1894), who perished whilst trying to save a drowning friend and another to William Thomas Ecclestone (1863-1915), who weighed 38 stones and was reckoned to be – at the time of his death – the ‘second heaviest man in the world’. He is known affectionately on his memorial as ‘Jolly Jumbo’.  

Deceased Online says it is the only website portal dedicated to providing detailed statutory burial and cremation records. Launched four years ago, its database is growing rapidly and features local authority, private cemeteries and crematoria (such as Manor Park) data, as well as data supplied by ‘friends’ groups and family history societies.

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