Where to hon­our the fallen

Stockport Express - - Armistice Centenary Special -

COM­MEM­O­RA­TIVE ser­vices and events will be held through­out the bor­ough on Re­mem­brance Sun­day (Novem­ber 11) to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War.

A cen­tury since the armistice in 1918, res­i­dents will turn out to hon­our fallen sol­diers.

The Mayor of Stock­port, Coun Wal­ter Brett, will lead at­ten­dees in pay­ing their re­spects at the Civil Act of Re­mem­brance on the steps of Stock­port War Me­mo­rial.

There will be a twominute si­lence at 11am, start­ing with the Last Post, and af­ter prayers, hymns and re­flec­tions, wreaths will be laid on the steps of the me­mo­rial.

Coun Brett said: “This is a key op­por­tu­nity to hon­our ser­vice­men and women of this coun­try and the Com­mon­wealth who paid the ul­ti­mate price.

“I would en­cour­age Stock­port res­i­dents to join us in re­mem­ber­ing them, par­tic­u­larly as this year marks 100 years since the end of the First World War.”

In ad­di­tion to ser­vices held across the bor­ough, thee will be a spe­cial com­mem­o­ra­tive ser­vice at St Mary’s in the Mar­ket­place at 5pm on Sun­day, Novem­ber 11, as part of the Stock­port Re­mem­bers trib­ute.

Fol­low­ing the ser­vice, a ‘pa­rade of light’ will process through the town cen­tre, cul­mi­nat­ing in a bea­con light­ing at the steps of Stock­port War Me­mo­rial out­side the art gallery at 6.50pm. ●●STOCK­PORT:

10.20am – Pro­ces­sion of ser­vice units, exser­vice­men’s, civil­ian and youth or­gan­i­sa­tions from the ar­moury to the war me­mo­rial

10.50am - Civic pro­ces­sion from the town hall to the war me­mo­rial

11am - Two-minute si­lence

Civic Act of Re­mem­brance

Plac­ing of wreaths on the steps The Na­tional An­them Re­lay­ing of wreaths in Hall of Me­mory by Naval Sea Cadets (af­ter ser­vice) ●●BRAMHALL:

10.30am - Pro­ces­sion from Hol­land Road to Bramhall war me­mo­rial

11am - Ser­vice at the war me­mo­rial ●●BREDBURY:

3pm - Ser­vice at the war me­mo­rial on Ge­orge Lane ●●CHEADLE:

10.30am - Pa­rade to as­sem­ble at junc­tion of Massie Street with the High Street to pro­ceed down the High Street to the war me­mo­rial

10.50am - Ser­vice at the war me­mo­rial ●●CHEADLE Hulme:

9.40am – Pa­rade meets at Beech Road

9.55am – Pa­rade de­parts to the war me­mo­rial

10am – Ser­vice at the war me­mo­rial ●●COMPSTALL:

10.50am - Lay­ing of wreaths at the war me­mo­rial on Compstall Brow prior to a ser­vice at St Paul’s Church ●●GATLEY:

10.45am - Ser­vice of Re­mem­brance at the war me­mo­rial on Gatley Green ●●HAZEL Grove:

10.45am - Ser­vice and lay­ing of wreaths at the war me­mo­rial on Lon­don Road ●●HEALD Green:

Noon - Ser­vice and lay­ing of wreaths at the Heald Green and Long Lane war me­mo­rial on Wilm­slow Road ●●HEATON Mersey:

10.45am - Ser­vice at St John’s Church on St John’s Road

11am - Act of Re­mem­brance at the war me­mo­rial ●●HEATON Moor:

10.45am – Ser­vice at St Paul’s Church on St Paul’s Road.

11am - Act of Re­mem­brance at the war me­mo­rial ●●HIGH Lane:

10am - Ser­vice of Re­mem­brance at St Thomas’s Parish Church.

Lay­ing of wreaths at the war me­mo­rial at the con­clu­sion of the ser­vice

11am - Act of Re­mem­brance at the war me­mo­rial ●●MARPLE:

10.15am - Stan­dard bear­ers and the pub­lic to as­sem­ble at the war me­mo­rial in Me­mo­rial Park

10.30am - Ser­vice to com­mence ●●MELLOR:

12.15pm - Lay­ing of wreaths at the war me­mo­rial ●●RED­DISH:

10.30am - Church Ser­vice at St Mary’s Church

12.30pm - Pa­rade leaves St Mary’s Church

12.50pm - Ser­vice at the Ceno­taph

1pm - Ser­vice pro­ceed to Wil­low Grove Ceme­tery

1.05pm- Ser­vice at the cross of sac­ri­fice

1.20pm - Re­turn to St Mary’s Church ●●ROMILEY:

2.30pm - As­sem­ble at Green Lane next to the Duke of York Ho­tel

2.45pm - Prayers at Romiley war me­mo­rial and the lay­ing of wreaths

2.55pm - Pa­rade from Romiley war me­mo­rial to the war me­mo­rial on Ge­orge Lane, Bredbury

3pm - Ser­vice com­mences ●●WOOD­FORD:

10.30am - Ser­vice and the lay­ing of wreaths at Christ Church on Ch­ester Road.

His brother Alan, Cheshire Reg­i­ment, is in hospi­tal in York­shire, wounded for the third time, hav­ing also served three years in France and Italy. STOCK­PORT Lads Club

To all mem­bers who have so worthily up­held the Hon­our of Old Eng­land, the Com­mit­tee send their

HEARTY GREET­INGS, CON­GRAT­U­LA­TIONS AND THANKS

And in the Hour of Vic­tory wish to say “STOCK­PORT IS PROUD OF YOU”

John A. Fletcher, Sec­re­tary

A H. Thorpe, Capt. (Hon Sec)

Arthur Wil­liams (Hon Sec) ●●THE STOCK­PORT COUNTY BOR­OUGH EX­PRESS (Thurs­day, Novem­ber 14)

End of the war Stock­port’s re­cep­tion of the news.

At 11am on Mon­day hos­til­i­ties ceased on the terms of an armistice which is prac­ti­cally an un­con­di­tional sur­ren­der by Ger­many to the al­lies, and the great­est and cru­ellest war in his­tory – to quote the words of Mr Lloyd Ge­orge – came to an end.

All over the coun­try the dig­ni­fied con­straint main­tained so ef­fec­tively dur­ing all phases of the mo­men­tous four years’ strug­gle was re­laxed in favour of joy­ous demon­stra­tions, although not to such an ex­tent as to sug­gest that peo­ple were un­mind­ful of the dis­tressed feel­ings of those amongst us who had lost dear ones in the con­flict with the Huns.

In a word, the out­burst of joy stopped short of mere maf­fick­ing – at any rate on Mon­day. Hap­pen­ings in Lon­don on Tues­day are to be re­gret­ted.

As early as nine o’clock on Mon­day, news came through to Stock­port that the Armistice had been signed dur­ing the early hours of the morn­ing (as a fact it was signed at 5pm) and on the strength of this be­ing true a flag was seen wav­ing gaily at Welling­ton Road South.

The ma­jor­ity of folk, how­ever, pre­ferred to wait for con­fir­ma­tory news, and when it did come about 11 o’clock through the press, as if by magic, a great wealth of na­tional flags made an ap­pear­ance.

Young folk walked the streets car­ry­ing minia­ture Union Jacks and as soon as pos­si­ble from the stately heights of mills and fac­to­ries the old flag which has so of­ten sym­bol­ised lib­erty in all parts of the world oc­cu­pied a dis­tin­guished po­si­tion, whilst the bells were rung at St Mary’s and St Ge­orge’s, and the flag hoisted at the Town Hall, and very soon po­lit­i­cal clubs and other in­sti­tu­tions had fol­lowed suit.

At pri­vate houses of all de­scrip­tions, as well as on mo­tor cars, cy­cles and ve­hi­cles, flags were dis­played, horses of­ten be­ing gaily draped with na­tional em­blems.

At mu­ni­tion works there was im­me­di­ate ces­sa­tion of op­er­a­tions, and the main thor­ough­fares be­came alive be­tween 12 and 2 with happy-faced work peo­ple go­ing home from the mills un­shack­led for a time from toil.

Many of the girls waved small flags and ex­changed cheery greet­ings with any wounded sol­diers they hap­pened to meet, whilst ref­er­ences to the flight of the Kaiser were of­ten tinged with irony in very orig­i­nal set­tings.

Dur­ing the af­ter­noon the prin­ci­pal streets were very an­i­mated, with peo­ple on hol­i­day in high good hu­mour, and although there was noth­ing more to do than pa­rade aim­lessly up and down, they seemed to de­rive con­sid­er­able sat­is­fac­tion from the ex­er­cise, the younger folk vary­ing mat­ters now and then with snatches of song.

Early in the af­ter­noon the tram­car ser­vice in Stock­port was sus­pended, pos­si­bly in sym­pa­thy with the move­ment amongst the men which stopped the Manch­ester cars al­to­gether even­tu­ally.

There were big queues in St Peters­gate about 3 o’clock for these cars, but per­sons who trav­elled by them to the city tell re­mark­able sto­ries as to their slow progress amidst big crowds when they got there, and the im­pos­si­bil­ity of get­ting any re­fresh­ments, and when they wished to re­turn at night they had un­com­fort­able ex­pe­ri­ences in get­ting train ac­com­mo­da­tion, for no train cars were then run­ning.

How­ever, it all made ‘Peace Day’ the more mem­o­rable, and we can­not hear of any­one be­ing the worse for the buf­fet­ing as­so­ci­ated with the out­ing. At night, in var­i­ous parts of town, there were dis­plays of coloured lights and the dis­charge of rock­ets, so dear to the hearts of ju­ve­niles, whilst at a num­ber of houses the with­drawal of light­ing re­stric­tions was taken full ad­van­tage of, the gas and elec­tric and il­lu­mi­na­tions be­ing quite bril­liant.

At a cot­tage house in Dial­stone Lane a num­ber of can­dles were to be seen burn­ing out­side one of the win­dows un­til a late hour.

The pic­ture houses and other places of en­ter­tain­ment were crowded, and those who could not get seats con­tented them­selves with en­joy­ing the fine night in the streets and dis­cussing the lat­est de­tails re­lat­ing to the his­toric armistice as con­tained in the evening pa­pers.

Oth­ers in a more se­ri­ous and re­flec­tive mood at­tended re­li­gious ser­vices, where thanks were re­turned to Almighty God for the great vic­tory ac­corded to those who have fought so valiantly for the last­ing prin­ci­ples en­shrined in the great ideal.

In the late hours of the evening, as the sounds of joy and grat­i­fi­ca­tion were grad­u­ally dy­ing away, and the town re­sumed a nor­mal qui­etude, the words of the poet Whit­tler – ad­dressed to Italy, now our gal­lant Ally – ap­pealed with sin­gu­lar force:

Yet, surely as He lives, the day

Of peace He promised shall be ours,

To fold the flags of war and lay

Its sword and spear to rust away,

And sow its ghastly fields with flow­ers. On Tues­day af­ter­noon and evening the town bore very much a hol­i­day ap­pear­ance, crowds of peo­ple be­ing about ‘at a loose end.’

In many streets there were very strik­ing dis­plays of flags, etc.

In the evening a thanks­giv­ing ser­vice was held at the Parish Church, Mar­ket Place, amongst those pre­sent be­ing the Mayor (Coun T Row­botham, JP), ac­com­pa­nied by the town clerk (Mr Robert Hyde). The pro­ces­sion of clergy and choir from the vestry was led by the two se­nior war­dens, Mr T Clayo and Mr Joseph Black­shaw, the for­mer car­ry­ing the Union Jack and the lat­ter the White En­sign, which he held crossed in view of the con­gre­ga­tion whilst the Na­tional An­them was sung.

Revs. Adams and Smith of­fi­ci­ated. At the close of the ser­vice, Mr Side­bot­tom, played on the or­gan the Halleuiah Cho­rus.

At Tues­day’s po­lice court there was not a sin­gle charge of drunk­en­ness or mis­con­duct pre­ferred – a fact which speaks well for our town.

At the YMCA club in Welling­ton Street sol­diers have gath­ered in large num­bers dur­ing the week, chiefly pa­tients at the mil­i­tary hospi­tals in the town and district.

On Mon­day evening there was a big in­flux of men of the United States Army, and dur­ing Tues­day the re­sources of the ladies on the staff were se­verely taxed.

The men were in a very ju­bi­lant mood, and the ‘close of the war’s alarms’ will doubt­less in many cases fa­cil­i­tate re­cov­ery.

Not a few of the men, tak­ing ‘French leave,’ failed to turn in at their hospi­tal at cus­tom­ary time, hav­ing been to places of amuse­ment, but doubt­less the hospi­tal staff had a blind eye in such cases, the cir­cum­stances be­ing so un­usual.

●●The bor­ough will once again hon­our the fallen

●●Tem­po­rary war me­mo­rial, 1921

●●Corp Der­rick Pear­son

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