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In the 1901 Census, Gerald Harry Sydenham is recorded as living in his birthplace, Parkstone, Dorset, where he was a Timber Merchant. His wife, Alice, was born in Frodsham, Cheshire and they married in 1896 at Kensington Register Office in London. He died, leaving an estate of £288, while living in Bonner Road, Victoria Park, Middlesex, so how he ended up in Cheshire I do not know. She later married a builder, James Lea Warburton and died in 1935, aged 65, leaving an estate of £6,249 to her husband.

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The striking memorial to the popular entertainer George Formby stands in Warrington Cemetery, Cheshire. His career spanned four decades from the early 1920s to his death in 1961. He was a famous music hall and film star and entertained the troops during the Second World War. George’s funeral brought the whole of Warrington to a standstill, with an estimated 150,000 admirers lining the route! He was buried with his father whose magnificent white marble memorial headstone was unveiled in October 1922., George Formby Senior was also a star of the stage. The memorial is said to be a replica of the Manchester Hippodrome theatre’s proscenium arch.

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