Local prominent people buried in the cemetery – John Bury
Lieutenant John Bury, died 5 July, 1915 aged 21. He was the son of Alderman (and 18th Mayor of Accrington) Arthur Smith Bury JP and Amy Althea Bury of Arden Hall.
John Bury, who was serving with the 5th East Lancashire Brigade’s Royal Field Artillery, died at the time of the Battle of Gully Ravine which ended with the British repelling a large Turkish counter attack. After a week of fighting, losses on both sides were heavy. The British suffered 3,800 casualties and their Turkish opponents some 14,000.
He is commemorated on the Helles Memorial which was erected on the tip of the Gallipoli Peninsular. It takes the form of an obelisk over 30 metres high that can be seen by ships passing through the Dardanelles.
The Helles Memorial serves the dual purpose of being a Commonwealth battle memorial for the whole Gallipoli campaign and as a place of commemoration for many of those who died there and who have no known grave.
The British and Indian forces named on the memorial died in operations throughout the peninsular, the Australians at Helles. There are also panels listing those who died or were buried at sea in Gallipoli waters. The memorial bears more than 21,000 names.
Before the war he worked for his uncle at Messrs J. Bury & Sons. The workers at Spring & Union Mills contributed to a brass plaque which hung in the Oak St Congregationalist Chapel.
Probate granted his father Arthur Smith Bury, Cotton Manufacturer £909.3s.8d. The father had no one to pass his estate to and it was left to the people of Accrington.