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Wilmslow in WW2: VJ Day 15th August 1945

Wilmslow in WW2: VJ Day 15th August 1945

Many local people have been remembering events of 75 years ago. The war in the Far East came to an end on 15th August 1945, VJ day - it was the end of…
Wilmslow in WW2 - The fallen in the Far East

Wilmslow in WW2 - The fallen in the Far East

Japan declared war on the UK and other Allies on 7th December 1941 and following attacks on Malaya, Singapore and Hong Kong we responded by declaring…
End of an era for Wilmslow’s Peat Bog Railways

End of an era for Wilmslow’s Peat Bog Railways

On 24th and 25th June this year three narrow gauge railway locomotives and some wagons were removed by lorry from Lindow Moss. The two foot gauge locos…
Share your memories of important historic dates

Share your memories of important historic dates

Wilmslow Historical Society knows that the virus lockdown has seen a lot of us looking into aspects of the past since we have perhaps found more time.…
Wilmslow's war and VE Day

Wilmslow's war and VE Day

At Reims in the early morning of 7th May, Supreme Allied Commander General Eisenhower accepted the unconditional surrender of all German Forces. The British…
VE Day is coming - A personal recollection

VE Day is coming - A personal recollection

Nora Mottram has vivid memories of VE Day here in Wilmslow and spoke to Jon Kelly about them recently. Nora was born in 1922 in a house on Lacey Green…
VE Day is coming - RAF Wilmslow

VE Day is coming - RAF Wilmslow

During the second world war, and for a time afterwards, Wilmslow was home to a large RAF camp - RAF Wilmslow - known as No. 4 School of Recruit Training.…
VE Day is Coming : Local Heroes of World War II

VE Day is Coming : Local Heroes of World War II

Wilmslow had many heroes in the Second World War. Here, I shall, however, just concentrate on two brave men whom I had the privilege of talking to at…
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History Society marks 50 years

History Society marks 50 years

Wilmslow Historical Society held their annual Christmas social on Wednesday, 4th December, which was extra special this year as it coincided with 50 years…
Free tours to discover the hidden history of Wilmslow

Free tours to discover the hidden history of Wilmslow

As part of National Heritage Week, Jon Kelly of Wilmslow Historical Society is organising free walking tours of the town centre which will cover all periods…
Lest We Forget: January 1918 A bitter winter and a race against time

Lest We Forget: January 1918 A bitter winter and a race against time

As the New Year was ushered in, peace appeared to be farther away than ever. New leaders had appeared late in 1917. Woodrow Wilson and David Lloyd George…
Lest we forget: December 1915 Gallipoli campaign draws to a close

Lest we forget: December 1915 Gallipoli campaign draws to a close

There was to be no repeat of the 1914 Christmas Truce in any theatre of war. Bad weather and orders from above certainly ensured nothing at all friendly…
Lest we forget: November 1915 One of our local survivors

Lest we forget: November 1915 One of our local survivors

Our community had lost 29 young men by November 1915, but mercifully that month proved to be a "thankful" one – no fatalities were reported. Wet,…
Lest we forget: October 1915 Another miserable month

Lest we forget: October 1915 Another miserable month

October was, for the British, as miserable as the previous month. The Germans consolidated their mastery of the war in the air largely through the use…
Lest we forget: September 1915 A doleful month

Lest we forget: September 1915 A doleful month

After the costly failure of the ill-fated attack in August at Suvla Bay, a war of attrition ensued in Gallipoli. Stalemate, shortages, confusion but unstinting…
Lest we forget: August 2015 Gallipoli takes its toll

Lest we forget: August 2015 Gallipoli takes its toll

In the unbearably hot summer on the Gallipoli peninsular it was decided to launch a fresh amphibious assault on 7th August at Sulva Bay. There 20,000…
Lest we forget: July 1915

Lest we forget: July 1915

In contrast to the devastating battles that took place 12 months later, July 1915 was relatively quiet time for the British on the Western Front.Elsewhere…