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Age on Memorials

In the nineteenth century, the infant death rate was much higher than it is today. This means that a large proportion of all the burials at St James' Cemetery were of children. 31% of all burials were of those under 2 years old, and 44% under 10 years old.
This has led to some speculation that children were seen as less valuable (or cared about) in society, because so many died at a young age. The analysis completed so far has shown that children are underrepresented on memorials compared to adults.

However, children were slightly more likely to be listed first on a memorial. Older people (aged over 70) were much less likely to be listed first.

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