This week we launch the latest collection from The National Archives: military burials from overseas garrisons. Continuing our partnership with The National Archives (TNA), we have added burial records from collection WO 156(War Office: UK and overseas garrisons: Registers of Baptisms, Confirmations, Deaths/Burials, and Marriage) to the Deceased Online database. The series dates from 1801 and includes miscellaneous registers of deaths and burials from British military bases in overseas. Details for some of the deaths recorded here may not be found elsewhere; not all those named have a surviving death certificate, for example. Previously, searching these records would have involved a visit to Kew. Much of the collection dates from the period of heavy imperial involvement in the years leading up to the First World War and most are not recorded as official war graves. The records include military personnel and their families. A surprisingly high number of British women and children were ta…
Thanks to one of our readers, we've discovered the first goal scorer of the Football League in the Deceased Online database
We were very excited to be contacted recently about James Kenyon Davenport, known as "Kenny", who lies buried at Heaton Cemetery in Gilnow Road, Bolton.
Davenport was born on 23 March 1862 in Bolton. After playing for his local club, Gilnow Rangers, he moved to Bolton Wanderers in 1883. He remained there for nine seasons, during which time professional football was legalised in 1885. In order to professionalize the game further, the Football League was inaugurated with five fixtures on 8 September 1888.
The League differed from today's Premiership with only twelve teams, but some of today's top teams, Aston Villa, Everton, Stoke and West Bromwich Albion, were all present. The others were Accrington, Blackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers, Burnley, Derby County, Notts County, Preston North End and Wolverhampton Wanderers.