Harry’s search for three lost sol­diers

Macclesfield Express - - SCHOOLS NEWS - TOM BUR­NETT

AN his­to­rian is ap­peal­ing for in­for­ma­tion to track down the pasts of three men named on a war me­mo­rial.

Rainow his­to­rian Harry Carlisle has spent two years track­ing down the back­grounds of the 667 names on the Park Green War Me­mo­rial in Mac­cles­field.

Af­ter painstak­ingly check­ing through An­ces­try web­sites, the 1911 cen­sus, mil­i­tary records and the Mac­cles­field Ex­press ar­chives, Harry has found in­for­ma­tion about the lives of 664 of the men, which are doc­u­mented in Harry’s new book “Not Just A Name”.

But there are three men named on the me­mo­rial who will not fea­ture in the book, as Harry has been un­able to find out any- thing about them.

The re­main­ing three are John Rogers, Arnold Brown and Richard Hall.

Harry said: “I can’t even find out whether they were in the army, navy or air force.

“If any­one has any in­for­ma­tion to help iden­tify these men, the Mac­cles­field Re­flects group and I would be pleased to re­ceive it.”

There are sev­eral rea­sons the men could be prov­ing dif­fi­cult to trace.

Harry said: “The last cen­sus be­fore the war was 1911, so they could have moved to the area af­ter then.

“I also looked for a man from Rainow called Wal­ter John­son in the mil­i­tary records and over two and a half thou­sand men matched that name.

“I found out on the last page of the last pa­per I was read­ing he had moved to the Pot­ter­ies and then Scot­land.”

Harry de­scribes his re­search as “en­thralling” and has al­ready al­most fin­ished his sec­ond book, which chron­i­cles the lives of men named on war me­mo­ri­als from 32 vil­lages about Mac­cles­field.

He said: “There are another 880 names in that book, with over two hun­dred com­ing from Wilm­slow alone.”

For­mer soldier Harry, 77, was inspired to write the books af­ter walk­ing past the me­mo­rial in his vil­lage one day.

He said: “Like the ti­tle of book, I didn’t want them to be just a name. Some men left a big­ger foot­print than oth­ers. There are some I could find a lot about, and some where I could barely find any­thing about them. But they’re still not just a name.”

Not Just A Name is priced at £16 and avail­able to buy from Harry di­rectly on 01625428331, and at events or­gan­ised by Mac­cles­field Re­flects or Cheshire Vil­lages Great War So­ci­ety.

Matt Rat­cliffe

●● Harry Carlisle, pic­tured with Rosie Row­ley, Mac­cles­field group leader of the Fam­ily History So­ci­ety of Cheshire

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