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Beckett Street Cemetery, gravestone of Short family (Burmantofts)
Black & White imageUndated. This gravestone in Beckett Street Cemetery commemorates 3 generations of a military family. Frederick Short the elder, listed at the bottom, had served with the 4th Light Dragoons at the Battle of Balaclava in the Crimean War, taking part in the infamous Charge of the Light Brigade for which he was awarded a Distinguished Conduct Medal. He was promoted to Sergeant Major and later transferred to the Yorkshire Hussars Yeomanry Cavalry as an Instructor. Though born in Windsor, he moved to Leeds on leaving the army where he was listed as a beer retailer at Carlton Street in an 1867 directory. However, he was adjudicated bankrupt on 11th November 1869, described as a former Innkeeper now out of business residing at Regent Street in Chapel Allerton. In the 1871 census he was living with his Irish wife Elizabeth and six children at the Horse and Trumpet Yard, then in 1881 at Garden House, Carlisle Road, Hunslet. He died in May 1886 and was interred in Somerset. His son and grandson however were buried here. Frederick Short, his son, commemorated at the top, was a Sergeant Major in the 4th Hussars and in the West Somerset Yeomanry. He died in 1904 aged 52 years. Grandson Frederick Francis Short, Corporal of the 1st Royal Dragoons, died in South Africa in the Boer War on 26th January 1901 aged 18. The gravestone shows a symbol of crossed swords with a busby as worn by the Hussars. The busby, complete with red "jelly-bag" hanging over one side, is still part of the ceremonial dress of Hussars today. Photograph courtesy of Julie Cryer.
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Beckett Street cemetery, guinea graves (Burmantofts) (12 comments)
Black & White imageUndated. View of Beckett Street cemetery showing rows of inscription graves or 'guinea graves'. These were a type of common grave for a number of unrelated people buried at the same time, but unlike pauper graves they had headstones commemorating the names of the dead. This type of burial originally cost the family one guinea (one pound and one shilling), hence the popular name. The graves on the right here date from 1912. In the background are the high-rise flats of Shakespeare Towers, Court and Grange.
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Beckett Street Cemetery, view of a 'Guinea Grave' (Burmantofts) (5 comments)
Colour imageUndated. Image shows an example of one of the 'guinea' graves, also known as subscription graves, located in Beckett Street Cemetery. This type of burial was introduced in 1857 and continued until 1940. It enabled impoverished people to provide a decent burial for their loved one in a communal plot with a shared headstone. The cost of one guinea (one pound and one shilling) included a commemorative inscription of up to 36 letters. Some of the guinea graves are inscribed with as many as 46 names but this particular example of 1904 marks the interrment of 14 people aged between just 3 months and 59 years. The image was sent in by a Mr. Bradley whose relative is commemorated here. Frederick Othick Johnson would have been his Great Great Uncle but sadly died at the age of only 17 months.
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Hudson Mills, aerial view (Burmantofts) (14 comments)
Black & White imageUndated. Aerial view of the Hudson Mills factory of Montague Burton Ltd., clothiers, at one time believed to be the largest clothing factory in the world. Roads surrounding it are on the top left Hudson Road, top right Trent Road, bottom right Upper Westlock Avenue and bottom left Burton Way. Towards the bottom is Stoney Rock Lane, mostly obscured by trees in Beckett Street Cemetery. Streets on the bottom right are Westlock Avenue, Westlock Grove, Westlock Terrace, Westlock Crescent and Fraser Road on the top left are the Comptons, Sutherlands and Brown Hills and top right Torre Mount, Grove and Drive.
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