Weaste Cemetery

Biographies of people buried between 1920 & 29

Sidney William Mayhew (1880 - 1929)

Sidney William Mayhew was the Caretaker of the Hope Congregational Church and was found drowned in the Manchester Ship Canal.


The Salford City Reporter of 1st February 1929 records the following tragic story, "A painful sensation was caused round the Oldfield Road and Liverpool Street district of Salford by the news of the death of the Hope Congregational Church Caretaker, Sidney William Mayhew, aged 48, of Davidson Street, whose body was recovered from the Ship Canal at Barton on Tuesday morning (28th January).


The body was identified by the widow, Mrs Mayhew, who said that the deceased was gassed during the war and suffered from insomnia and heart trouble. On New Year's Day, he left home saying he would have a walk round and that was the last time she saw him alive.


Returning a verdict of suicide by drowning while temporary insane, the Coroner said two notes, which had been left by the deceased, showed that he was mentally ill and not responsible for his actions or words".


he funeral of Sidney William Mayhew took place on Saturday 1st February 1929 at Weaste Cemetery. He was interred in a common grave in the Dissenters portion of the cemetery. Rev. G. Phillips officiated.