Shireoaks - St Lukes 12
13th of February 2005

This small unassuming gravestone at the back of the churchyard can easily be over looked but it was this stone that was my whole point of visiting the church, check out the inscription on the stone:

In loving memory of
My dear brother
JOSEPH TOMLINSON
Died Feb 30th 1955
Aged 87 Years

Check out the date... there has never been a 30th of February and there never will be! Joseph actually died on the 30th of September 1955 and was buried on October the 4th. It's a mystery why February was put on the stone instead of September, was it a mistake by the stone mason? (and if so, why wasn't it rectified) or was it a joke? we will probably never know


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