Marking the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1


In recognition of the 100th anniversary of the 1918 Armistice, Wilmslow Town Council has joined forces with Wilmslow High School to commemorate those lost during World War One.

The display at Wilmslow Railway Station contains 289 poppies, one for each of the men from Wilmslow and the surrounding villages of Handforth, Styal and Chorley who were lost in action or as a consequence of action during the War.

Students of Wilmslow High School who recently visited the battlefields in northern Europe have personalised a corresponding number of commemorative crosses and placed them at the station display.

Wilmslow Historical Society have spent the last four years researching and documenting the soldiers from Wilmslow and the surrounding area and have compiling comprehensive details including name, rank and details of when and where each soldier perished. This information can be found on the Wilmslow Town Council website.

Martin Watkins, Chairman of Wilmslow Town Council said "Whilst this special anniversary will be commemorated nationally and regionally it is important to remember that those who lost their lives were all members of local communities. Our soldiers left for war from Wilmslow Railway Station and it seems fitting that this memorial display should mark this site. We are delighted to be able to work with the High School to reinforce the memory of our lost soldiers with the young people of the town."

First World War


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Terry Roeves
Monday 5th November 2018 at 12:17 pm
This is an excellent tribute to so many.
Nick Jones
Tuesday 6th November 2018 at 9:24 am
A proud very thought provoking, poignant reminder of the sacrifices made by so many.

It would be fitting to see this impressive touching artistic tribute return annually.

Well done all involved.
Jon Newell
Tuesday 6th November 2018 at 11:43 am
The population of Wilmslow was less than 8000 in 1901 and had risen to only c11,000 by 1951.
A loss of 289 young men (and I suspect that the vast majority would have been men aged 18 - 30) must have had a devastating effect on the community and impacted almost every family.
A sobering thought.