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Manor Park Cemetery & Crematorium prides itself on traditional family values, the Company having been managed by the same family since its foundation. The grave of Mr. William Nesbitt, the very first interment that took place on 25th March 1875, can still be found on the right hand side of Remembrance Road.

Annie Chapman the second victim of Jack the Ripper was buried here in September 1888 and there is a royal connection with the large memorial to Mary Orchard, a much loved nanny to the children of Princess Alice.

Sarah Dearman (née Chapman) was buried here on 3rd December 1945. Sarah was a leader in the 1888 Matchgirls Strike at the Bryant and May factory in Bow. The Matchgirls victory secured vastly improved working conditions in the factory. Sarah also went on to represent their new Union at both the International TUC in 1888 and the TUC in Liverpool in 1890, where she seconded a motion proposed by Keir Hardie. The Matchgirls success is seen as the beginning of New Unionism. As Henry Snell, the socialist politician said in 1936, “The Matchgirls Strike had an influence … which entitles it to be regarded as one of the most important events in the history of labour organisation in any country”.

Other historic graves include John Travers Cornwell VC, who died from his wounds at the age of 16. John was the youngest recipient of the Victoria Cross for staying at his post in the Battle of Jutland in 1916.

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