Somme memorial service
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.”