Annie Shaw's Funeral - City Road Cemetery Sheffield 1936

The burial registers for Sheffield's City Road Cemetery include the following entry

Shaw, Annie (Daughter of Harry, age 13).
Died at 167 Henry St; Buried on January 4, 1936 in Consecrated ground; Grave Number 20333, Section B6 of City Road Cemetery, Sheffield.

Shaw, Walter (Labourer, age 76).
Died at 15 Penrith Rd; Buried on November 14, 1938 in Consecrated ground; Grave Number 20333, Section B6 of City Road Cemetery, Sheffield.

I am not sure of the relationship between the two persons in the grave but given the ages they may well be grand-daughter and grandfather.

Anyway the death of Annie and her burial on Saturday 4th January 1936 caused a furore which resulted in police being summoned to the funeral. I am uncertain as to why they were seven funerals taking place on that day and at that time but my guess is that they all may have been infants and/or children. I am also unsure as to the cause of Annie's death   

The Courier and Advertiser dated 6th January 1936 also carried a report


The Communist official at the centre of the dispute with the Reverend V. S Daws was a Mr G H Fletcher - George Henry Fletcher. George was one of the leading lights in furthering the rights of working class people in Sheffield, and was a prominent member of the British Communist Party from its inception.

There is an excellent article on George's life and struggles on Graham Stevenson's Blog and Website which I would encourage you to read. There is also a book Leaven Of Life The Story of George Henry Fletcher which is a biography of George's life. I have yet to read or even see it.


1911 Census
Name George Henry Fletcher
Relationship to Head of Household Head
Condition Married Gender Male
Age 33 Estimated Year of Birth 1878
Occupation Baker and Confectioner
Employed Yes Working at Home Yes
Industry Baking
Place of Birth Bucknell Lincolnshire
Enumerator Information Address 105 Gower St Sheffield Parish Sheffield Town Sheffield
Type of Building Private House Number of Rooms Four Inhabited Yes
Reference RG14PN27963 RG78PN1599 RD510 SD6 ED4 SN63 Administrative County Yorkshire (West Riding)
Registration District Sheffield Registration Sub District East Brightside Enumeration District 4


The Manchester Guardian 6th January 1936

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