WW1 fallen are re­mem­bered in spe­cial trib­ute

Stockport Express - - News - ALEX SCAPENS alex.scapens@men­media.co.uk @AlexS­capen­sMEN

THOSE from Stock­port who lost their lives in World War I have been com­mem­o­rated 100 years on with a pic­ture of their front door.

St Ge­orge’s Church, in Heav­i­ley, has been given a £6,800 grant from the Her­itage Lot­tery Fund for the We Will Re­mem­ber Them project.

Part of it has seen parish­ioners re­search each name on St Ge­orge’s War Memo­rial and take a pic­ture of the front door they left be­hind to fight in the war.

There is also be a bi­og­ra­phy of the in­di­vid­ual and each one has been pre­sented on a ‘street’ within the church, on Bux­ton Road.

A com­mem­o­ra­tive ser­vice was also held last month to mark the 100th an­niver­sary of the Bat­tle of St Julien, near Ypres, where more than 100 men from Stock­port were killed and many more in­jured.

Among those to at­tend was Mayor Linda Holt, who also trav­elled with Stock­port and Tame­side Vet­er­ans to Bel­gium for a ser­vice to com­mem­o­rate the lives that were lost from the bor­ough at Pass­chen­daele.

Coun­cil­lor Holt said: “I was ex­tremely proud to make the jour­ney to Bel­gium with some in­spira- tional men, lo­cal vet­er­ans from Stock­port and the sur­round­ing ar­eas.

“It is so im­por­tant that 100 years on we do not for­get that so many peo­ple made such sac­ri­fices.

“Their brav­ery must be re­mem­bered from gen­er­a­tion to gen­er­a­tion.”

The We Will Re­mem­ber Them project could be viewed for free at St Ge­orge’s dur­ing its par­tic­i­pa­tion in the na­tional Her­itage Open Week­end on Satur­day and Sun­day.

Also on dis­play was a net of 2,828 knit­ted pop­pies, one for each name on war memo­ri­als in Stock­port, made by parish­ioners and the com­mu­nity and hung from the lantern gallery.

And a dis­play of pho­tographs, news­pa­per clip­pings, doc­u­ments and let­ters looked at how neigh­bour­ing St Ge­orge’s Pri­mary was used as a mil­i­tary hospi­tal.

The Rev Canon Elaine Cheg­win Hall, from the church, said: “We were de­lighted to have re­ceived the sup­port of the Na­tional Lot­tery.

“It means we were able to in­ter­pret afresh this im­por­tant story and com­mem­o­rate and give hon­our to those who have died.

“The project en­abled peo­ple in Stock­port to come to­gether to pre­serve the mem­o­ries and her­itage of the peo­ple who lived through World War I.”

Mayor of Stock­port Linda Holt and vet­er­ans from the area pay their re­spects to those who fell at Pass­chen­daele

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