Notable inhabitants of Preston Cemetery

Notable inhabitants of Preston Cemetery

Published on Monday 4 February 2008 09:40

A host of famous Lancastrians are buried in the grounds of Preston Cemetery.

They include Joseph Livesey, founder of the Preston Temperance Society.

One of the headstones that staff are most proud of is that of George Smith, chaplain to the forces at Rorke's Drift, who held out on January 22 and 23, 1879, against 4,000 Zulu warriors.

The victory, hailed as one of the most heroic stands in military history, was immortalised in the film Zulu.

Smith died aged 73 on November 27, 1918.

Dad-of-nine Private William Young, Heysham Street, Preston, was buried in 1916. He was awarded the Victoria Cross after dragging his wounded sergeant to safety under a hail of enemy gunfire. He suffered a broken jaw and took a bullet in the chest.

Among other notable graves can be found that of Thomas Hill Joseph Napoleon Horatio Bonaparte Swindlehurst – the longest name on a headstone in the cemetery.

He died on March 21, 1923, aged 83.

Tragic brothers James and Henry Hall died a day apart in January 1856, aged three and 11. They were the children of Doctor Hall.

One day as the children played they got into the surgery, swallowed some of the medicines and poisoned themselves. A beautiful memorial was erected in their memory, which depicts two children carved in stone sleeping peacefully next to each another.

The cemetery hosts the grave of Preston North End invincible Samuel Thompson, formerly of Lugar, Ayershire, who was part of the team that in 1887 beat Hyde 26-0 in the FA Cup first round.

James Hibbert, architect of the Harris Museum and Fishergate Baptist Church was buried on November 19, 1903 aged 70.

Thomas Duckett Senior, the sculptor of Winckley Square's Robert Peel statue was buried in 1878