Brave Navy men hon­oured on cen­te­nary of sac­ri­fice

Macclesfield Express - - SCHOOLS NEWS - RHI­AN­NON MCDOWALL

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

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