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Wilfred Jacklin 1926-1926: Died age 6 hours

Published: February 11, 2017    Last modified: February 22, 2017

My great grandparents Daniel JACKLIN 1862-1953 and Ziller JACKLIN (née Ziller ALLEN 1858-1949) were both buried at the Orgreave Lane section of Handsworth Cemetery, Sheffield, but as I noted in this article, despite having the plot number I have failed to find their grave.

It crossed my mind that I may have been mistaken about Orgreave Lane and they were actually buried in the graveyard of the Church of Saint Mary, Handsworth, Sheffield. While searching burial records for Daniel and Ziller JACKLIN I came across a burial record for Wilfred JACKLIN 1926-1926 the second child of my grandparents Wilfred JACKLIN 1896-1967 and Ivy JACKLIN (née Ivy DIXON 1901-1983).

I was aware that within a month of his birth Wilfred died, but the record shows he lived for only 6 hours: so very, very sad.

He is recorded having died at 23 Beighton Road, though to correct the record, this should be 23 Beighton Street (now demolished). He was buried on the 9th of December 1926 at Darnall Cemetery, Sheffield; another cemetery I do not recall visiting.

I have a vague idea of where Darnall Cemetery is located, though Sheffield City Council have a very informative cemeteries website giving all the details. I will endeavour to set aside some time to explore Darnall Cemetery, though having checked on Google Earth, the approximate location of his grave, I do not hold out much hope; the area he was buried looks very much devoid of headstones.

Handsworth Cemetery, Sheffield

Published: June 6, 2005    Last modified: November 11, 2016

Due to the rather unpredictable weather, we decided, on the spur of the moment, to visit Handsworth Cemetery, Sheffield, in order to locate the graves of Daniel JACKLIN 1862-1953 and Ziller JACKLIN (née Ziller ALLEN) 1858-1949.

Finding the cemetery was an achievment in itself. Trying to navigate and search for a cemetery even through Sunday traffic, meant a few wasted trips up and down the busy Handsworth Road. That is until I realised the entrance is off Orgreave Lane.

The only clue I had to the location of the grave was the grave number. The Sheffield City Council website appears to be down so I could not get a plan in advance. There was a basic plan at the entrance to the cemetery and it was easy enough to find the correct section. It would appear the lower side of the cemetery has been 're-organised', by which I mean the headstones appear to have been made safe, re-aligned and any superfluous masonary removed. I checked the section several times and re-checked the cemetery plan several times, but all to no avail. A JACKLIN headstone could not be found. I will try and obtain more information, then I will return and try again.

The top side of the cemetery is in a very sorry state with a high percentage of headstones being laid flat for safety reasons; take this to mean Sheffield City Council's lack of commitment as the custodians of our heritage.

Notes:

  1. A rather ironic title from the Health and Safety Executive: Live issues - message regarding safety of cemetary (sic) memorials - FAQs
  2. Sheffield City Council: Survey of Cemetery Memorials

I wonder how many people died tripping, slipping or falling due to uneven pavements...

2015-03-30 Both of these links are now redundant.

Updates:
2015-03-30

Sheffield City Council: Cemetery Opening Times.
Sheffield City Council: Cemetery Plans.
Sheffield City Council: Plan of Handsworth Cemetery (Download a Microsoft Word document).