Plaque unveiled at site of Wilmslow Drill Hall

The site of the former Wilmslow Drill Hall has been commemorated with the erection of a plaque at Waitrose which was unveiled on Remembrance Sunday.

Following the laying of wreaths at the Memorial Garden on Sunday, 8th November, the Remembrance Parade paused briefly at the site on their way back to the Royal British Legion so the plaque could be unveiled by Mr Craig Lancaster, Manager of Waitrose, and Cllr Martin Watkins of Wilmslow Town Council.

Cllr Martin Watkins said "The idea to commemorate the site of the Drill Hall came from the WW1 Commemorations Working Group which was set up by Wilmslow Town Council to co-ordinate ideas on how to mark the centenary of WW1. Members of the group were keen to mark the location of the Drill Hall as this was where local men enlisted to fight in WW1 and it was from the Drill Hall that many of them left to join trains at the Wilmslow Station to join their regiments.

"Many of those men did not return to Wilmslow having died in foreign lands whilst fighting for their country."

The blue plaque has been designed and commission by the working group and funded by Waitrose, it includes a moulded relief picture of the Drill Hall.

You can read about how the war affected Wilmslow in the monthly bulletins posted on

Photo: Unveiling the plaque (l-r) :Cllr Joan Fitzgerald, Cllr Martin Watkins, Mr Adrian Bradley, Mrs Susan Cooper and Mr Craig Lancaster.

Wilmslow Drill Hall, Wilmslow Remembrance Day


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Manuel Golding
Wednesday 11th November 2015 at 2:59 pm
A wonderful commemoration, and thanks to Waitrose & the WW1 Commemoration Group, and a reminder to us all of the sacrifices made by local young men in time of war.