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Stories behind the stones

Stories behind the stones

A walk around Barrow Cemetery looking at interesting graves and stories

Barrow Cemetery is the final resting place of many interesting people.  Why not take a stroll through the graves and learn about their lives, the tragedies and their role in the community.  Did you know that the cemetery is the final resting place of:

  • a couple killed by a V1 one week after getting married;
  • a survivor of the shipwreck that made Grace Darling famous;
  • a music hall artiste;
  • an Italian Countess;
  • war victims;
  • victims of accidents. 

 The location of the Graves

Information can be downloaded in pdf format using the links on the list below.

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  1. Sir James Ramsden - Founding father of Barrow, along with Schneider
  2. Colonel Frederick Clifton Briggs  - Commander of the Barrow Garrison 
  3. David Melville  - Manager of the Jute Works 
  4. Christopher Wilson  - Salvation Army bandsman killed in industrial accident
  5. James Gall  - Survivor of shipwreck that made Grace Darling famous
  6. John MacGregor  - Shipyard engineering works manager 
  7. Mary Pepi Contess de Rossetti  - Italian Countess
  8. Walter John (Jack) Baggett  - Professional footballer 
  9. William Connor  - ‘Black & White Minstrel’
  10. George Francis Driver  - Run over by his own train
  11. Polish forces graves  and Canadian military graves ( HMCS Saguenay )
  12. Chief ERA Harry Jenner  - Bomb attack victim
  13. Canadian soldiers ( HMCS Saguenay ) and  Home Guard  
  14. John and Joan Waite  - Killed by a V1 bomb in London, a week after getting married.
  15. Hart Brothers  - all died in WW1
  16. Russian graves  - Overseas visitors to Barrow who died here.
  17. Chinese grave  - A stoker on the Chinese ship Hai Chi
  18. Private Samuel Wassall VC  - Awarded the Victoria Cross in the Zulu Wars
  19. Finch Brothers  - Killed in a motorcycle accident on the ‘new coast road’
  20. Leung Kan  - Mysterious Dutch sailor.
  21. Colonel Gilbert Fell  - Killed by a train as he walked home
  22. Fisher family  - important early entrepreneurs.


The stories behind the stones were researched and documented by Rod White.