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I lived opposite Witton Cemetery for years and my parents for nearly 40 years.
I have moved out of the area many years ago.
I have a couple of photos taken around 1975 of the inside of the cemetery if you would like copies I'll e-mail them to you but one snag it may take a little time as I have 100s of photos to look at so keep your chin up and watch your e-mail.
I may be passing over the weekend. I will go take a few for you. If you get details to me of the grave, I might be able to find it? In which case you could have piccy's of that too? I cant promise because it took me several attempts to find my uncle's grave, so it might take a couple of visits.
If for any reason Rod can't do it, as I work very near there I'll take as many photo's as you wish including that of the grave then forward them to you via internet..
Over to you then Rod, you have first try..
Karen..... Weve been and looked in vain for the particular burial plots you mention. Most of the common graves are just a large area of grass. Ive taken pictures of both section you mention and I'll upload them to the server shortly once Ive cut the file sizes down a bit. If Kandor could now get some photos of both entrances that would be the icing on the cake. I will be returning to the Cemetry at some point soon, so I can always take the extra pictures if Les is busy. We searched for a couple of hours, although it seemed plain from the start that either the stones have been removed, or there weren't any to start with. We could of course have missed them? although we were quite thorough.
The search for the graves led to some real emotional moments. I removed the grass cuttings from a little rotting teddy bear. A note in polythene attached described the loss of a little one who fell asleep at only 9 weeks? That absolutely destroyed me..... Looking round on our drive out, there were lots of Marble teddy bears, each one marking the grave of a little one.
Karen you can get a map of the cemetery I will try and find mine it shows all the plots
as for common graves this is a sad reminder of the poverty that existed in those past dark days, a common grave can some times hold up to six internments so when you finally locate the resting place of your deceased you will be saying prayers over this grave for the other poor souls resting there
my grandfather shares is grave with five other souls may they all rest in peace with all their troubles long since gone and hopefully in a much happier place Amen
from the main entrance office they have the registers of burials also, they helped me when I was looking for my Nan and Granddad as you know it's such a big place to search I think you have to go down there on a week day I will keep looking for my map I know it's in my folders (a needle in a haystack)
I personally dont know of anyone buried in Witton Cemetery. I do however visit Handsworth Cemetery a reasonable amount of times a year. I have never really been one to take flowers to a grave - yet hold many memories of loved ones close to my heart - But I do have to say its lovely to see the photograph of the flowers by the graves
I have 3 little girls, my youngest is 4 months and the joy she and each of them has brought is amazing. I could not imagine the pain you would go through burying a baby. My grandfather and his siblings did not know about this first baby their parents had in Birmingham. Everyone else is buried here in Canada and now that I have found this baby, I don't want him to be forgotten.
10 GBP is alot cheaper than airfair and I would be more than happy to pay, oh sure, one day I hope to have the opportunity to fly across the pond, but till then.
Rod....please PLEASE .....can you leave the photos ON ....I have appreciated seeing them..my infant sister was buried there in 1948 and I also believe I am going to find long lost relatives were also buried there.