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Bollington Online War Memorial

A project supported by the parish of Bollington

War Memorials

The initial design for the War Memorial

planned war memorial

The Bollington War Memorial Committee appealed for funds in a letter to residents dated 5 September 1919.

...The cost of the Scheme which includes the laying out and planting of the site, the provision of new fences and gates,and the erection of the monument is estimated to be £3000.

This Monument will be the first of its kind in Bollington and the Committee's object is to carry out a scheme which will be a credit to the district and a worthy and lasting tribute to those Bollington men whose lives were given for the honour and safety of their fellow-countrymen. Canvassers will shortly wait upon you and promises of subscriptions may be paid in instalments if so desired. The Committee hope that every resident will realise his or her obligation and will contribute liberally...

But they didn't.

So it was necessary to go for a less elaborate memorial.

Bollington War Memorial 1920

The original Bollington War Memorial was dedicated in November 1920. It is located between Palmerston Street and the Aqueduct end of Water Street. It is a simple sandstone cross with names inscribed around the base

In 1920 it was not envisaged that space for additional names would be needed only a couple of decades later. The memorial is beginning to suffer from weathering of the relatively soft sandstone.

Bollington War Memorial

The WW1 names on the memorial are as follows:

George ANKERS, Edwin ARNOLD, Fred ASH, Alfred ASHLEY, Charles BAGULEY, William BAGULEY, John E BANN, Fred BARLOW, William H BARLOW, Thomas BARNSHAW, J Harold BEARD, Peter BEARD, John BERRY, Arthur BIDDULPH, James BIRCH, Alfred BOOTHBY, Joseph BOWDEN, Joseph BRADBURY, Arthur BRADLEY, Eli BRADLEY, Frank BROADHEAD, John BROGDEN, Arthur BROWN, Harry BROWN, John BROWN, William BROWN, Alfred BULLOCK, Thomas H BUNTING, Ernest CAPPER, James A CHAPMAN, Robert P CHISHOLM, Geoffrey W CLAYE, Arthur CLAYTON, Dan CLAYTON, Leo CLAYTON, Robert CLEGG, Edgar COBBOLD, Fred COE, Fred COPE, Walter B COWSILL, Wilfred DANIELS, William J DAVENPORT, John J DRABBLE, Thomas DUFFIELD, James FIELDSEND, Ellis FINCH, Robert FLINT, Alexander FORBES, Thomas H FURNESS, Ellis H GARDINER, Percy GASKELL, Robert GAY, Harold GIBBON, Laurence GLEAVE, Ronald GLEAVE, George W GOODWIN, Harold GOODWIN, Charles GREEN, Charles H GREEN, Sydney M R GREEN, John GREIG, William GUILFOYLE, Leonard HAIGH, James HALL, William HALLOWELL, Hugh HART, John HATTON, Robert HENSHAW, Walter HOLEHOUSE, Harold HOPPER, Walter HUGHES, Samuel HUNT, Joseph INGLEY, Albert JACKSON, Albert JACKSON, Harry JACKSON, John JACKSON, Thomas JACKSON, Alfred LEIGH, Alfred LEIGH, Sampson LEIGH, William LEIGH, William LEIGHTON, William H LOMAS, Sydney H MARSLAND, Leo MATTIMORE, Samuel MAURICE, Harold MAYERS, Harold MAYERS, James MILLWARD, James W MILLWARD, Robert MOORE, James H MORRIS, William MORTON, James MOSELEY, John MOTTERSHEAD, Frank NEEDHAM, Abraham NEWTON, George NOLAN, John J NOLAN, Wilfred PAGE, Harold PARROTT, Charles S PAUL, J Francis PICKFORD, George POTTS, Joseph POTTS, Joseph PRESS, Benjamin RAWLINSON, John W REDFERN, Albert SCHOFIELD, William SHATWELL, Frank SHIRES, Arthur SIGLEY, Thomas SKERRY, Edward SKIRVIN, Henry H SNAPE, James SNAPE, Seth SNAPE, Walter SNAPE, William STAGG, Hedley STEWART, Gordon A STEWART, Allan STRINGER, Geoffrey H SWINDELLS, James SWINDELLS, Joseph SWINDELLS, Albert TAYLOR, Fred TAYLOR, Harold TAYLOR, John W TAYLOR, Joseph TAYLOR, Joseph T TAYLOR, Percy THOMPSON, Arthur TINSLEY, Herbert TRUEMAN, John TRUEMAN, William UNSWORTH, Isaac UNWIN, James UNWIN, Willie UNWIN, Frederick VERNON, James VERNON, Wilfred WARBURTON, Sam WATSON, J Alan WETTON, Tom WILKINSON, John N WOOD, Alfred WRIGHT, James WRIGHT, Fred WRIGLEY

The WW2 names are:

Albert ALLEN, Jack ALLMAN, Leslie BANBROOK, Frederick J BEARDMORE, Arthur J BELFIELD, Charles William M BRISTOW, Edwin CARLISLE, Francis Gordon CLAYTON, Eric Asquith COCHRANE, John Joseph DANIELS, Joseph DOLAN, George DRABBLE, Alexander McMellen DUXFIELD, Norman EMERY, John Guy Leonard HAIGH, Frank HEARD, Frank HULME, Geoffrey Lucas JACKSON, Leonard JACKSON, Anthony KERSHAW, John KERSHAW, James LOMAS, Frederick ROGERS, James SHATWELL, Richard John SUTTON, Kenneth TAYLOR-JONES, Reginald VARE, Bruce WARRINER

These lists gives the names with spellings as shown on the memorial but re-arranged into alphabetical order of surnames. Some of the inscribed names are not consistent with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission database.

Bollington War Memorial Extension 2015

As part of the Commemoration of the Centenary of the outbreak of World War 1, it was decided to raise funds to renovate or upgrade our Bollington War Memorial. Experts advised that attempting to re-inscribe names on the existing sandstone was not a viable option. It was therefore decided to create an extension to the original memorial in the form of two panels positioned so as to "guard" the old memorial, which remains in position.

Extensive research was carried out to find the names of World War casualties from Bollington who had not been included on the original memorial, as well as making a couple of corrections to names that had been wrongly inscribed previously. A committee was formed to decide upon the final list of names. The new panels show the missing names as well as those of all the casualties commemorated on the original memorial. Space has been left in case any additional casualties' names need to be added in future.

A substantial grant was provided by Cheshire East Council. Bollington Town Council also provided a grant and the Mayor's Fund (Councillor Amanda Stott) was dedicated to the project. Other funds were provided by members of the public. The stone came from Sycamore Quarries, the engraving was carried out by William Warburton and construction of the extension was by John Drabble & Son.

Old and new war memorials
Old and new war memorials
Old and new war memorials

Kerridge War Memorial 1919

Kerridge memorial

This War Memorial was, of course, made from Kerridge Stone, a durable material whose carved inscriptions are still sharp.

The WW1 names are as follows (in alphabetical order of surnames):

Pte G ANKERS 11th Ches. Regt, L.Cpl E ARNOLD 8th Ches. Regt, Cpl F ASH 1st Lanc. Fus, L.Cpl C BAGULEY 21st Man. Regt, Pte W BAGULEY 1st/7th Ches. Regt, Pte J J BIRCH 13th Ches. Regt, Pte P GASKELL 2nd Bn R. Welsh Fus, Pte W HALLOWELL 6th Bn KSLI, Pte J HATTON 7th Bn R. Welsh Fus, Pte S HUNT 1st/7th Ches. Regt, Pte S LEIGH 13th Ches. Regt, Lieut S H MARSLAND N East Man. Regt, Pte H MAYERS 6th Ches. Regt, Pte J W MILLWARD 2nd/th Kings Liv. Regt, Pte A OLDFIELD 1st/7th Ches.Pte G OLDFIELD 1st/7th Ches. Regt, L.Cpl J F PICKFORD 1st/7th Ches. Regt, Pte J POTTS 2nd/7th Ches. Regt, Pte S ROSE 13th Ches. Regt, Pte J SHAW 107 Pro. Com. RDC, Pte A SIGLEY 8th Bn W. Regt, Pte H H SNAPE 10th Ches. Regt, Pte J SNAPE RE, Lt Col G H SWINDELLS TD 4th Ches. Regt, Pte A TINSLEY 24th Bn Can. Regt, Pte H TRUEMAN 1st/7th Ches. Regt, Pte J A WETTON RE.

The WW2 names are as follows (in alphabetical order of surnames):

Sgt J ALLMAN RAF, Cpl L BANBROOK RNR, Trp F BEARDMORE RAC, Sgt E CARLISLE RAM, E A COCHRANE RON, PO G L JACKSON MN, PO J KERSHAW RAF VR, PO A KERSHAW RAF, Pte R VARE IG

St Oswald's Church

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The Parish Memorial, which used to be in St John's Church, is now in St Oswald's. It reads: "This memorial records the names of those connected with this parish church who gave their lives for their country in two world wars..."

The names are as follows (in original order, with original spellings):

for WW1:

Edwin ARNOLD, George ANKERS, Alfred ASHLEY, John E. BANN, Fred BARLOW, William BARLOW, Thomas BARNSHAW, Harold BEARD, Peter BEARD, William H. BEARD, James BIRCH, Arthur BIDDULPH, Alfred BOOTHBY, Arthur BRADLEY, Eli BRADLEY, John BROGDEN, Arthur BROWN, John BROWN, Joseph BOWDEN, Alfred BULLOCK, Thomas H. BUNTING, Ernest CAPPER, James A CHAPMAN, Geoffrey W. CLAYE, Dan CLAYTON, Robert P. CHISOLM, Robert CLEGG, Edgar W. COBBOLD, Fred COE, Fred COPE, Walter B. COWSIL, William J. DEVANPORT , James FIELDSEND, Ellis FINCH, Alexander FORBES, Ellis H. GARDINER, Harold GIBBON, Charles H. GREEN, Sidney M.R. GREEN, John GRIEG, William GUILFOYLE, Leonard HAIGH, William HALLOWELL, Hugh HART, Robert HENSHAW, Harold HOPPER, Albert JACKSON, Albert JACKSON, John JACKSON, Thomas JACKSON, Alfred LEIGH, William LEIGH, Harold LUTMAN, Sydney H. MARSLAND, Samuel MAURICE, James MILLWARD, Robert MOORE, James MOORE, John MOTTERSHEAD, Frederick MORTON, William MORTON, James MOSELEY, Abraham NEWTON, Charles PAUL, Joseph POTTS, Harold PARROTT, Wilfred PACE, Benjamin RAWLINSON, George REDFERN, Albert SCHOFIELD, William SHATWELL, Frank SHIRES, Thomas SKERRY, Edward SKIRVIN, Henry H. SNAPE, Seth SNAPE, William STAGG, Hedley STEWART, Gordon A. STEWART, Allan STRINGER, Leonard STUBBS, James SWINDELLS, Joseph SWINDELLS, Albert TAYLOR, Frank TAYLOR, Harold TAYLOR, John W. TAYLOR, Joseph T. TAYLOR, Percy THOMSON, Arthur TINSLEY, Herbert TRUEMAN, John TRUEMAN, William UNSWORTH, Frederick VERNON, Alfred WRIGHT, James WRIGHT, J. Allan WETTON, Fred WRIGLEY.

for WW2:

Albert ALLEN, Frederick J. BEARDMORE, Charles W M BRISTOW, Edwin CARLISLE, Joseph DOLAN, Alexander M DUXFIELD, John C L HAIGH, Frank HEARD, Geoffrey L JACKSON, Kenneth TAYLOR-JONES, James LOMAS, James SHATWELL, Richard J SUTTON, Bruce WARRINER.

Roman Catholic Memorial

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This is to be found over the front door of the former St Gregory's schoolhouse on Chapel Street.

This playground was given by George Cawley Swindells Esq in memory of his son Lt Col GEOFFREY HILLIERS SWINDELLS SS and the other Catholic soldiers who gave their lives in the terrible war 1914 - 1918.

William MITCHESON, Arthur CLAYTON, Leo CLAYTON, Wilfred DANIELS, Robert GAY, Hugh HART, Joseph INGLEY, Leo MATTIMORE, Ronald GLEAVE, John J NOLAN, William UNSWORTH

RIP

A new memorial has been installed in St Gregory's Church bearing the WW1 names as above plus two names of casualties from WW2. This memorial is extremely reflective and is therefore very difficult to photograph. A picture will be added here at a later date if a usable photo becomes available.

Methodist Memorial

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This was formerly located in the Methodist Chapel in Wellington Road. It is now to be found just inside the entrance to Bollington Town Hall, just across the road from the former Methodist chapel.

In grateful & honoured remembrance of those connected with this congregation who gave their lives in the Great War

Laurance GLEAVE, George William GOODWIN, Harold GOODWIN, Charles Edward GREEN, William LEIGHTON, William Henry LOMAS, George NOLAN, John Norman WOOD, Wilfred WARBURTON

Greater love hath no man...

Kerridge Sunday School Memorial

memorial

This was originally installed in the Methodist Chapel at Kerridge and later at Holy Trinity Kerridge (both buildings now converted to residential use). Following restoration it has been installed in St Oswald's, below the Parish Memorial. (The original spellings have been retained in the list of names.)

To the Glory of God and in memory of those Scholars of this Sunday School who laid down their lives in two world wars

1914-1919
F ASH, C BAGULEY, W BAGULEY, A BIDOULPH, P GASKELL, J HATTON, S HUNT, H MAYERS, J W MILLWARD, A OLDFIELD, J F PICKFORD, J POTTS, S ROSE, J SHAW, J SNAPE.

1939-1945
J ALLMAN, F BEARDMORE, F MILLWARD.

We Will Remember Them

One of these names from the Second World War does not appear on other local memorials and has not been positively identified.

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