Brave Navy men honoured on centenary of sacrifice
BRAVE men who lost their lives during the biggest Naval battle of the First World War were honoured during a poignant ceremony.
This year marks a century since The Battle of Jutland – the only major naval battle of the war – which claimed 6,000 lives, including three young men from Macclesfield; Theodore Procter, JWI Jones and Leonard James King.
Macclesfield Royal British Legion led the town’s commemorations with a ceremony at the war memorial, Park Green, and were joined by representatives from Bollington Sea Cadets, deputy mayor of Macclesfield Beverley Dooley, councillor and former Cheshire East Mayor Hilda Gaddum, and members of the public.
Peter Lake, parade marshal, said: “The ceremony was fittingly conducted in keeping with naval tradition. Allan Williams, our branch chairman and mayor of Bollington, undertook proceedings for the commemoration.
“The service ran smoothly and was a fitting tribute to the brave service personnel who made the ultimate sacrifice for king and country in what must have been terrifying circumstances.”
●● Numerous people paid their respects at the Battle of Jutland commemorations, held at Park Green Cenotaph in Macclesfield