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Can you identify our WWI heroes?
Saturday 1st February 2014 @ 12:30 by Lisa B

Glossop Heritage Trust is hoping local people and organisations can help the town commemorate the First World War.

It has started a Glossopdale War Memorial Project to research the names of the men whose names were etched with pride.

Trust director Mike Brown said: “Some of the memorials in neighbouring areas have been researched in the past and the information published.

“But in Glossop, although we know several people have conducted their own studies out of interest, it has been mainly as a part of their own family history.

“The two main town memorials are the ones in Norfolk Square and in Hadfield, but there were once many more we know of, but some are now gone from, or along with, the buildings they were once part of and currently we have no record of the information they held.”

The Norfolk Square cenotaph has 300 World War One names of those who died and Hadfield has 160.tameradio logo

Even with the resources of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and other available records, there are more than 20 names of men who they don’t have information on.

Mike added: “We do know that some names are incorrect,  either in spelling,  or with incorrect or incomplete initials and we do know that some of the unknown men possibly served with British Empire troops.

“We already know that some men have names on several memorials apart from the main ones, but there are local men who are not recorded on any, for several reasons. The common one being that when the lists were made after the war they had no next of kin here to give information

“What the Heritage Trust hopes to do is find all the men who are named, record both the missing memorials and perhaps quite importantly, the many battalions of the main regiment our men served in, the Cheshire Regiment. At present there are one third of the Glossop men and half of the Hadfield men on memorials listed as serving with various battalions of the Cheshire Regiment.”

Most religious organisations honoured their heroes by inscribing their names on stone or metal tablets. It’s believed there once was one in the former Hague Street Methodist Church.

Work places also honoured employees who died in the 1914-18 war in the same way.There’s a tablet close to the entrance of Glossop Co-op on Norfolk Street.

Now most have disappeared.

If anyone knows where some may be, contact Glossop Heritage Trust via the link on the website or by post to the registered office c/o 65 High Street West, SK13 3AZ

by David Jones