Friends of Stockport Cemeteries

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A Real Heritage

History and Nature

Cemeteries hold a wealth of heritage information and are a natural wildlife refuge. This gallery gives you an insight into hidden gems in Stockport that are open for all to discover.

Link to Heritage Trail leaflet for Willow Grove - click

Link to Tree Trail leaflet for Willow Grove - click

Link to the Willow Grove Cemetery Outdoor Learning Resources Website - click

Cemeteries and closed churchyards record generations of local families and provide a link between those living today and people in the past it is the group’s belief that these monuments should not be lost and forgotten, they should be seen on an equal footing with other heritage sites

Below is some text taken from Paradise Preserved English Heritage and English Nature 2002

"Cemeteries are highly valued by their local communities and others. First and foremost, cemeteries are places to respect and commemorate the dead, and so are important to the families and friends of people who are buried there. Local people also use cemeteries for exercise and relaxation and for study and enjoyment of nature and history."

Heritage Lottery Fund Grant


£38.000 awarded to FOSC from the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2013 for a project in Willow Grove Cemetery, South Reddish, Stockport.


See the video of the 2015 COMMEMORATION EVENT - CLICK

Our second commemoration event took place on Saturday 7th November 2015.
This year we told the story of two brothers, William and Arthur Scott, who went to war and died within two months of each other. The eldest sons of Arthur and Sarah Scott, they lived in Portwood, Stockport and both worked for Cheshire Lines Railway, as did their father.

Private William Scott, 1/6th Battalion, CHESHIRE Regiment.
Willie had been in the Territorial Army for three years prior to the war and was mobilised in August 1914.
As a result of the many battles William endured he was invalided back to England in April 1915; sadly, he died at Shorncliffe Military camp in Kent on 19th June 1915.
The young soldier’s body was brought home to Stockport for a full military funeral at Willow Grove Cemetery, the service being attended by William’s brother, Arthur.

Private Arthur Scott, 6th Battalion, YORK & LANCASTER Regiment.
Arthur, a single man aged 24, signed up for service in September 1914, enlisting in the 6th Battalion of the York and Lancaster Regiment.

The Battalion left Liverpool on 1st July 1915, landing in Turkey on 7th August. Arthur’s war lasted just two weeks; for he was killed on the 21st August aged 25, amid the carnage that was Gallipoli. It had been just 2 months since William’s death.

Arthur has no known grave but his name is on the Helles Memorial and his death is recorded in Willow Grove Cemetery. He was awarded 1914/15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

A century later sixteen members of the boys family attended the service of commemoration at Willow Grove.
Mrs Enid Wade, neice, Mr Brian Wade, Mr Alan Wade, great nephew, Ms Caitlan Wade, Mrs Karen Butcher, great neice, Mr Paul Butrcher, Mr James Butcher great great nephew, Mrs Joyce Adcock neice, Mr John Adcock great nephew, Mrs Beryl Wiliams neice, Mr John Williams, Mrs Hazel Tabernor neice, Mrs S Patel, great neice, Mrs Julie Thurston great neice, Mr Kevin Thurston, Mrs Vera Bramhall.

The Vermeulen family also attended the event.
The Mayor also unveiled a plaque for members of the family of Soldat Joannes Franciscus Vermeulen whose story was told at last year’s commemoration event.

Also look at News page for more info and our latest newsletter.


Our new book 'A Short History of Willow Grove Cemetery' is now available free of charge
Contact us for details of where to collect your copy, or click the book cover to go to a pdf link.

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