Philips Park Cemetery

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Birth: 1839 Death: Apr. 15, 1913

Born in Evesham, Worcestershire, England William Jones was a Private at Rorke's Drift who was awarded the Victoria Cross. A private in the 2nd Battalion/24th Regiment of Foot in Natal, Jones was a member of the British defense force at Rorke's Drift. In the afternoon of January 22, 1879, a Zulu force attacked the small British supply outpost at Rorke's Drift. Defended by only 131 soldiers, of which 39 were in the hospital, against almost 4,000 Zulu warriors, the men held out against unceasing Zulu attacks throughout the evening and into the night. Private Jones along with another man, Pvt. Robert Jones defended one of the wards in the hospital to the last. Despite suffering four spear wounds and being shot once, Jones held off the Zulu's with his bayonet until six of the seven patients were removed from the burning hospital. Early the next morning, after heavy losses, the Zulu's withdrew. For their incredible bravery in the face of an overwhelming force, 11 men, including Pvt. Robert Jones and Pvt. William Jones, received the Victoria Cross. This was the largest amount of Victoria Crosses ever awarded for a single engagement. The defense of Rorke's Drift was the subject of the 1964 movie "Zulu".

His grave can be seen in D section no 887.

Birth: 24th July 1889 Death: November 10th, 1957

Philips Park Cemetery, Section M, grave 1826, is the grave of George Stringer VC, won on 8 March 1916 in Mesopotamia. Died 10 November 1957. George Stringer from Newton Heath, Manchester was awarded the Victoria Cross for heroic actions during the Battle of Es Sinn, March 8, 1916. His medals are in the collection of the Museum Of The Manchester Regiment, Ashton under Lyne, Greater Manchester.

The grave of a family who perished when a German U-boat torpedoed the Lusitania in the first World War. Of the 1906 passengers and crew,1195 died, including husband, wife and 4 children of the Bartley Family. The sinking was a major reason for the Americans entering the war.

Their grave can be seen in Section B near the front gates on Alan Turing Way no 377.

Joshua Lodge was born on 1 September 1856 at 11 Fletcher’s Square, City Road, Hulme, Manchester, the only son and oldest child of four born to Henry Lodge, an iron moulder, and his wife Elizabeth (formerly Tetlow). All the Lodge children were christened at Manchester Cathedral. Shortly after Joshua’s birth they moved to Stanby Street, Hulme, and then to Eagle Street, off Oldham Road in Manchester. Joshua left his job as an engine fitter to enlist into the army at Ashton-under-Lyne on 3 March 1877, and as 1304 Private Lodge he was posted to the 2nd Battalion, 24th Regiment at Chatham. Two weeks later he received orders for active service in South Africa, and sailed to the Cape in February 1878. He took part in the Cape Frontier War, and the Zulu War. He received the South Africa Medal with 1877-8-9 clasp. He received one penny good conduct pay from 1 March 1879, and from 17 March he made a remittance of £1 a month to his mother. He served on Gibraltar in 1880 and in India, where he reached the rank of corporal on 1 January 1882, but he was reduced to private soon afterwards. He returned to England on 1 May 1883, and after being confined in cells he was discharged to the Army Reserves at Gosport on 28 June 1883. He received his final discharge from the military service at Manchester on 28 June 1889, at which point he gave his intended place of residence as the Albion Inn, 2 Bank Street, Red Bank, Manchester. In 1906 he was stated to be living at 17 Broughton Street, Ancoats, Manchester, and he was working in an iron foundry. However, it seems that he had declined into alcoholism, and was admitted to the Ancoats Hospital where he died on 26 July 1906, aged 49. The cause of death was given as ‘rupture of an artery in the corvex, accelerated by excessive drinking.’

He was buried at Phillip’s Park Cemetery, Manchester (Church of England section I, grave 2302). There is no memorial stone.

John Lyons was born at Kallaloe, near O’Brien’s Bridge, County Clare, Ireland in March 1837. He worked as a labourer before joining the British Army to escape the horrors of the terrible potato famine. He enlisted into the 87th Foot – later the Royal Irish Fusiliers (Princess Victoria’s) – at Ennis in County Clare on 30 March 1859. He was described as being just under five feet eight inches tall, with a fresh complexion, grey eyes and red hair. On 1 July 1861 he transferred to the 2nd Battalion, 24th Regiment, as 1441 Private Lyons. He then served on Mauritius until 5 October 1865, and in India from 6 October 1865 – 5 January 1873. He was granted one penny a day good conduct pay from 31 March 1862, which had risen to four pence a day by 31 March 1875. He received orders for active service in South Africa and sailed to the Cape in February 1878. He took part in the Cape Frontier War, and during the Zulu War he was one of the oldest soldiers present at the defence of Rorke’s Drift. He was admitted to hospital at Rorke’s Drift for ten days from 25 February 1879, being treated for Bright’s Disease, which was caused by severe exposure to wet and cold weather, and he was recommended to return to England. For his service he received the South Africa Medal with 1877-8-9 clasp, and a copy of the Address by the Lord Mayor of Durban was forwarded on to him in Brecon. He was admitted to Netley Military Hospital in Southampton on 10 June 1879 and was examined by a Medical Board on 16 July. He was found to be ‘suffering from general debility at the Cape, 1879. A very clear and honest case of a worn-out soldier, scarcely able to earn anything for his family.’ He was discharged as unfit for further service on 4 August 1879. His character was described as ‘very good’ and his habits ‘temperate’. His intended place of residence was Manchester. There is a John Lyons, who died on 1 January 1900, aged 60, buried in Philips Park Cemetery, Bradford Ward in Manchester (Roman Catholic – section F grave 103). He had worked as a bricklayer’s labourer, and died at 41 High Burton Street, St. George’s Parish, Hulme, Manchester, cause of death being acute pneumonia and cardiac failure. His son, James H. Lyons, was present at his death. The age given on his death certificate does not correspond with the ages stated on his service papers, but this is a common problem area with Victorian soldiers, and this is almost certainly the John Lyons who was a defender of Rorke’s Drift.