Mys­tery of war me­mo­rial ‘er­ror’

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER

HIS­TO­RI­ANS fear one of the names on the town’s war me­mo­rial has been added in er­ror.

Re­searchers have been able to trace de­tails on all but one of the 194 men from Mac­cles­field killed in the Sec­ond World War.

Now they have raised con­cern that the name of Nor­man Leonard has been carved into the stone by mis­take.

The po­ten­tial blun­der came to light dur­ing re­search for the new book about Mac­cles­field’s role in the war.

For­mer solider Harry Carlisle, 79, has de­voted the last two and a half years track­ing down the back­grounds of those who fea­ture on the Park Green war me­mo­rial in Mac­cles­field.

Harry has pro­duced a 133-page A4 il­lus­trated book called ‘They Re­sponded to the Call of Duty’.

It con­tains back­ground and pic­tures of those killed, as well as in­for­ma­tion about ca­su­al­ties with a lo­cal con­nec­tion who are not named on the me­mo­rial.

But mys­tery re­mains over Nor­man Leonard – de­spite en­list­ing other his­to­ri­ans and re­searchers in­clud­ing the team at mac­cles­fiel­d­ uk, a web­site which doc­u­ments Mac­cles­field’s role in the First World War, as well as an ap­peal in the Ex­press.

Harry, from Rainow, said: “One name on the Park Green war me­mo­rial re­mains uniden­ti­fied: Nor­man Leonard. There are only two men named Nor­man Leonard listed on the Com­mon­wealth War Graves Com­mis­sion web­site, and they are from Aberdeen and Gateshead.

“If any­one knows the an­swer to this mys­tery I would be very pleased to hear from them.”

Harry said the book in­cludes dozens of photos of the fallen, adding: “It is very emo­tive to read about these lives.”

Rosie Row­ley, from Mac­cles­field Re­flects, said: “We are puz­zled about the iden­tity of Nor­man Leonard. A man named Nor­man Leonard has been found liv­ing with his wife Nel­lie at 42 King Street, Mac­cles­field in 1939, but he is thought to have sur­vived the war. Per­haps the name was added to the war me­mo­rial in er­ror. Any help with this mys­tery would be greatly ap­pre­ci­ated.”

‘They Re­sponded to the Call of Duty’ costs £8 and can be pur­chased via mac­cles­fiel­d­ uk, Mac­cles­field Vis­i­tor In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre at the Town Hall, or di­rectly from Harry by call­ing 01625 428331 or email­ing ha­graven­rainow@bt­in­ter­

Harry Carlisle and Rosie Row­ley at the war me­mo­rial and the book (in­set)

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