Ashton Pays its Respects on Anniversary of Air Raid.
Monday 28th April 2014 @ 08:00 by Anna Fletcher


The Duke of Lancaster’s Regimental Association from Ashton marked a special anniversary earlier this month in Cleethorpes.

This year will mark the centenary of the start of the First World War but members of the association made the special trip to Cleethorpes to mark another special anniversary too.

They were there to lay a wreath at the Memorial to the Manchester Regiment in honour of those killed in an air raid on the town on April 1, 1916.

Chairman John Dunks made the trip with around 20 members of the association, travelling to the memorial at the local cemetery in Cleethorpes.

The Parish Church there is twinned with the one in Ashton.

The Baptist Chapel in Cleethorpes was used as a billet in which 70 men of ‘E’ Coy, the Manchester Regiment, were housed.

But during the latter part of March 1916, Air Raid warnings in Cleethorpes became common place as the Germans launched air attacks from Zeppelins in the region.

More on this story in this week’s (24th april) Tameside Reporter out now.