Somme me­mo­rial ser­vice

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

TWO Mot­tram St An­drew men will be among those re­mem­bered at a spe­cial ser­vice in hon­our of those killed dur­ing the Bat­tle of the Somme.

A me­mo­rial ser­vice will be held in the Methodist Chapel on Pri­est Lane on Sun­day, July 3 at 6.30 pm to re­mem­ber John Fred­er­ick Waller, who died on July 9, 1916, aged 23, and Henry Slater, killed in ac­tion on July 1, 1916.

The men have no known rest­ing place but their names are com­mem­o­rated on the Thiep­val Me­mo­rial to the Miss­ing on the Somme bat­tle­fields in France.

The ser­vice will be led by the Rev­erend Ben Clowes.

John Fred­er­ick Waller was the son of Al­fred and Florence Annie Waller.

He lived at the Com­mon, Mot­tram St. An­drew, and served in the 18th bat­tal­ion Manch­ester reg­i­ment as Lance Cor­po­ral.

Henry Slater was the son of Fred and Ann Slater and en­listed in Mac­cles­field aged 19 on Septem­ber 10, 1914.

He served as a ri­fle­man in the 1st bat­tal­ion Ri­fle Brigade.

Mot­tram Par­ish Coun­cil chair­man Coun Bill Pilk­ing­ton said: “The 100th an­niver­sary of the Bat­tle of the Somme pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity to com­mem­o­rate all those who made the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice on be­half of their coun­try, es­pe­cially the two men from our vil­lage who were killed in ac­tion there, and to re­flect upon the hu­man cost of con­flict in the hope for a more peace­ful world.”

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