Sunday, 9 April 2017


The Great War has entered its fourth calendar year and as we start to celebrate Easter, this time one hundred years ago MCT employees are still fighting and dying on the Western Front. 1917 will see battles called Arras and Passchendaele and 73 employees will die before the year is out.

In the first three months of 1917 nine MCT employees lost their lives.

They were BRERETON SW 21st Batt Manchester, 12/01/1917; HOCKENHULL WR, Machine Gun Corps 25/01/1917; SHENTON FC Royal Engineers, 4/02/1917; BROWN RA 13th  Batt Lancs Fusiliers, 28/02/1917; WARBURTON J 5th Batt King’s Shropshire Light Infantry, 18/03/1917; FOULKES JN 2/8th  Batt Manchester, 25/03/1917; BRIDGE I 12th  Batt King’s Liverpool, 29/03/1917.  However my research shows that two more that died were where buried in local cemeteries in the Manchester area.

Jack Graham Sale Cemetery
The MCT Memorial has the inscription GRAHAM J.

This is Jack Graham a driver with the Manchester Corporation Tramways Department and the husband of Edith Mary .

 He was a Gunner with the 8th Reserve Battery Royal Field Artillery, Service No 215095.

According to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) website he died on the 13th March 1917 and is buried in Sale Cemetery Trafford in Grave ref: E.1795.

 Sale Cemetery is situated on Marsland Road beside the Brooklands Metrolink Station.

Another inscription reads RANGE A.  The MCT Roll of Honour did not give a Christian name and neither did the entry on the CWGC site.

However it did say he was buried at Manchester General Cemetery Grave ref: NG5070. I contacted the Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project team and they located his grave for me.

Arthur Range, Manchester General Cemetery
In 2015 I visited that Cemetery, which is off Rochdale Road Cheetham Hill and found that he was enteredon a family stone which was lying flat. It gave his name as Arthur husband of Nellie and possibly another family member by the name of Robert Parkinson.

Arthur Range was born in New York USA about 1888. He came to Manchester, married Nellie and worked for the Tramways Department as a driver.

He was Rifleman Service No 2383 with the 3rd Battalion Rifle Brigade. He died of his wounds at the VAD Auxiliary Hospital Perth Scotland on the 18th March 1917.

See my photo of the grave of Arthur Range at Manchester General Cemetery

Please remember these employees and if you are passing Sale or Manchester General Cemeteries pop in and say hello and remember the sacrifice they made 100 years ago.

If you have any info on Jack Graham, Arthur Range or any other MCT Employee please contact me at or by mobile 07985490124



© Martin Logan 2017

Pictures; from the collection of Martin Logan

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