The Garden of Remembrance, Landican Cemetery
|Landican shown within Merseyside|
|Population||20 (2001 Census)|
|OS grid reference|
|• London||178 mi (286 km) SE|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|ISO 3166 code||GB-WRL|
|EU Parliament||North West England|
Landican (local //) is a hamlet on the Wirral Peninsula, England. It is situated on the outskirts of Birkenhead, near to Woodchurch and the M53 motorway. Landican consists of a small group of cottages and farm buildings. At the 2001 Census the community had a population of only 20.
In 1085, Landican was recorded in the Domesday Book as Landechene. The name possibly derives from Llan diacon, meaning "church of the deacon", with the llan- prefix being of Welsh origin. However, it does not have a parish church and probably refers to Woodchurch.[nb 1]
Landican is in the central part of the Wirral Peninsula, approximately 6 km (3.7 mi) south-south-east of the Irish Sea at Leasowe Lighthouse, 5 km (3.1 mi) east-north-east of the Dee Estuary at Thurstaston and 5 km (3.1 mi) west-south-west of the River Mersey at Tranmere Oil Terminal. Landican is situated between Thurstaston Hill and the Bidston to Storeton ridge, with the centre of the hamlet at an elevation of about 44 m (144 ft) above sea level.
There are 125 Commonwealth service war graves of World War II in the cemetery, 35 of them in a war graves plot, and include two unidentified sailors of the Royal Navy and an unidentified airman. In addition, a Screen Wall memorial opposite the Cross of Sacrifice at the plot lists 38 service personnel of the same war who were cremated at the crematorium, which was opened in 1934.
Other individuals buried or cremated there include:
- Lieutenant-Commander Ian Edward Fraser (1920-2008), VC winner, World War II, diver.
- Brigadier Sir Philip Toosey (1904-1975), who while prisoner-of-war of the Japanese in that war was the officer in charge of building the Bridge on the River Kwai.
- Wirral 2001 Census: Landican, Metropolitan Borough of Wirral, retrieved 1 September 2007
- "Coordinate Distance Calculator". boulter.com. Retrieved 6 March 2016.
- Landican Village, Geograph, retrieved 6 February 2009
- Cheshire L-Z: Landican, Domesday Book Online, retrieved 1 September 2007
- Johnston, Rev. James B. (1915). The Place-names of England and Wales. London: John Murray. Retrieved 7 June 2015.
- Cheshire Towns & Parishes: Landican, GENUKI UK & Ireland Genealogy, retrieved 1 September 2007
- "SRTM & Ordnance Survey Elevation Data in PHP". Retrieved 1 November 2016.
-  CWGC Cemetery Report.
-  CWGC Cemetery Report.
- Mortimer, William Williams (1847). The History of the Hundred of Wirral. London: Whittaker & Co. pp284-285.
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