I AM writing in the hope that one of your readers would be able to help me. My dad had a brother called Basil Hollis who died in a road accident in 1943 when he was two years old. He is buried in Ramsey town cemetery, in Wood Lane. His grave was never mar
I AM writing in the hope that one of your readers would be able to help me. My dad had a brother called Basil Hollis who died in a road accident in 1943 when he was two years old.
He is buried in Ramsey town cemetery, in Wood Lane. His grave was never marked with a stone because my grandparents couldn't afford it, and they never went back into the cemetery after he died because it was too upsetting. My grandad said that he wouldn't go back until he was laid to rest there himself, and he didn't.
Something my dad always wanted to do was to find his brother's grave. It was something we always intended to do but, sadly, my dad died in January last year, so I've made a promise to him that I will find it and mark it for him.
It has taken me nearly a year now - something that should be so easy to do is proving very hard. I've been to the town council and been through the death registers to find his plot number. I have found this, together with the section of the cemetery (section H28b).
All I need now is the cemetery map to know exactly where he is. I have been told this map is lost and would be hard to read but I have a copy of one half, which I can read OK.
This map of the old part of Ramsey cemetery is scrolled up in two halves. Ramsey Town Council has one half but not the half that I need, which is of sections A-H.
I have been in contact with the district council, the record offices, even funeral directors and stone masons in the area, but no one seems to know where it is or have a copy of it. I have contacted everyone I can think of and, surely, if it's lost, it can be found.
I'm not the only person trying to locate an unmarked grave in this cemetery, I know of other people who want to mark their relatives' graves, only to be told the same as me - to put the marker anywhere in the section: nobody would mind. But that's not good enough. These people in the cemetery are people's family.
So if anyone could shed any light on where this map or a copy could be would you please let me know. It really would mean so much to me.
Mrs PATRICIA GRANGE, Hawthorn Rd, Ramsey