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Showing posts from September, 2018

International Day of Peace

This week's blog marks the International Day of Peace 2018 by remembering  WWI conscientious objector, Alfred Myers (1883-1948) The United Nations International Day of Peace takes place each year on 21 September to celebrate a  peaceful society is one where there is justice and equality for everyone. The theme for  2018 is: “The Right to Peace - The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70”,  celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This  was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948 as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations. Deceased Online is marking the day by honouring one peacemaker that we have discovered in the database  - Alfred Myers (1883-1948) , a miner and conscientious objector. Alfred is buried in Brotton Cemetery, North Yorkshire , not far to where he was born and raised. He risked his life for peace and has been remembered in a 1995 documentary film,

Sarah Chapman Grave Petition

Manor Park Cemetery E7 in contains the graves of many revered East Londoners. Sarah Chapman, the former Matchgirls Strike Leader, lies buried there and her grave has recently become the subject of an online petition. A  petition  has been started online calling for Manor Park Cemetery to, "SAVE SARAH CHAPMAN'S GRAVE FOR POSTERITY". The petition explains that SARAH Dearman (née CHAPMAN; 31 Oct 1862-27 Nov 1945) was a  leading member  of the  Matchgirls 1888 Strike Committee, Matchmakers' Union, as well as being a  TUC Delegate Although Sarah was one of the first working-class women to represent her  Union at the Trades Union Congress and a major contributor to working women's rights, she is buried in a pauper's grave in Manor Park Cemetery  in the London borough of Newham. Her great granddaughter found the grave in early 2017, but it currently has no marker or headstone. The details of Sarah's grave can be found in the Deceased Online database on