The men of Bollington who served their country in WW1
About 1,050 men who served in WW1 have been identified as having some connection with Bollington. Some lived all their lives here (apart from the war years), others only briefly. Some worked in the Bollington mills, but lived in the surrounding area. You can find their brief personal histories on this site; where they were born, who their parents were, where they lived, how they served their country.
It isn't always possible to make a positive identification. There are two principal difficulties:
About 60% of WW1 army service records were lost as a result of bombing in WW2
Some combinations of forename (or initial) and surname were very common
The Casualties of WW1 and WW2
We have collected brief details of those who died in the service of their country in two World Wars - about 188 in WW1 and about 32 in WW2. Those listed here had at least some connection with Bollington or Kerridge.
If YOU can help with providing missing details (or correcting errors!) please contact the Webmaster
Most of the historical photograps on these pages can be viewed at the Bollington Discovery Centre Photo Archive, which contains many more pictures than have been used here. The recent colour photographs have mostly been taken by the webmaster.
This photograph shows Bollington Football Club, winners of the Manchester Federation Cup in 1905-06. Most (if not all) of these men later served in WW1. The names in alphabetical order are: J Bainbridge, T Casey, S Duffield, C Holt, A Hough, F Hough, F Mayers, L Nolan, T Nolan, W Page, W Plant, L Shufflebotham, H Snape, W Vigrass and T Wood. You can find out more about these names by searching “Served in WW1”.
This picture is thought to have been taken at Langley in 1916, and apparently includes four men from Water Street.