Local War Memorials and details of Casualties

The War Memorial on Hoole Road is well known as the district's major place of remembrance for the fallen of two world wars.

The First World War memorial is the cross mounted on a square base with chamfered corners, each face bearing an inscription tablet. It was unveiled by Lt. Gen. Sir H. Beauvoir on Easter Sunday, 8th April 1923 and was dedicated by the Bishop of Chester. It was commissioned by Hoole Urban District council and made by Clegg & Sons of Brook Street, Chester. There were originally 88 names but there are now 95 from the Great War (which is how World War I is often referred to). A history of the location and erection of the Memorial can be found here.
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Dedication of World War I Memorial in 1923

 

 

 

 

 

The Second World War memorial stone is placed in the wall to the rear. The photograph was taken from the balcony of the Hoole Urban District Council's office at The Elms in 1949. It was unveiled by Major General G.M. Elliot from Western Command, Chester. It contains the names of 44 men.

 

Unveiling of World War II Memorial in 1949

 

 


World War I casualties on Hoole & Newton War Memorial

Further details can be found:

  • A more comprehensive table showing all casualties found on the World War I War Memorial, including their Regiments and where they are buried / commemorated – here
  • More information on casualties shown in blue above, A to H – here
  • More information on casualties shown in blue above, J to M – here
  • More information on casualties shown in blue above, N to W – here

World War I casualties not on Hoole & Newton War Memorial

During the course of our research of the men named on the Hoole & Newton War memorial we have also identified a number of other men who died during their WW I service, have some kind of connection to Hoole or Newton but who are not named on the Memorial.

We have listed those we are aware of and we would be very grateful for any corrections, additional information, photographs, documents or any new names that you may like to share.

Further details can be found:

  • A more comprehensive table showing all casualties not found on the World War I War Memorial, including their Regiments and where they are buried / commemorated – here
  • More information on casualties shown in blue above, – here
  • More information on casualties marked # can be found on the ‘Hoole Hospitals’ page

Listen to Dave Rees talk on Local Radio on some of the stories of Hoole and the Great War. Interview on Local Radio.

World War II casualties on Hoole & Newton War Memorial


Further details can be found:

  • A more comprehensive table showing all casualties found on the World War II War Memorial, including their Regiments and where they are buried / commemorated – here
  • More information on casualties shown in blue above, A to L – here
  • More information on casualties shown in blue above, N to W – here

World War II casualties not on Hoole & Newton War Memorial

During the course of our research of the men named on the Hoole & Newton War memorial we have also identified a number of other men who died during their WW II service, have some kind of connection to Hoole or Newton but who are not named on the Memorial.

We have listed those we are aware of and we would be very grateful for any corrections, additional information, photographs, documents or any new names that you may like to share.

Further details can be found:

  • A more comprehensive table showing all casualties not found on the World War II War Memorial, including their Regiments and where they are buried / commemorated – here
  • More information on casualties shown in blue above, – here
 

All Saints Church has two panels carved in ash wood to commemorate the fallen from each World War.

 

World War I Memorial                                                                    World War II Memorial

A memorial not seen but heard is the tolling bell which was added to the existing five bells in 1925. A myth that the bell is inscribed with the names of the dead of the First World War has been disproved. The inscription actually reads "In memory of parishioners who died in the Great War 1914-1918" so that their names could ring out forever, and the bell is used in the last five minutes of ordinary services and for special services. It was dedicated on 31st May 1925 by the Bishop of Chester and cost £90. (© IWM (WMR-18244) Imperial War Museums website http://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/18244

 

 

 

 

 

Also on the north wall of the Church, is a stained glass window dedicated to the Rev. Robert Cecil Morrison, who died as a 2nd Lieutenant with the 5th Battalion Cheshire Regiment on 13th November, 1916. He had been curate at All Saints’ before volunteering to serve his country.

Rev. Morrison's Memorial Window

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

St. Peter's Church, Plemstall which used to be the Parish Church for the townships of Hoole and Newton, has a significant WW I memorial reputedly carved by the then minister, Rev. J. H. Toogood (1907- 46). It contains the names of the fallen and also those who served; these include people from Hoole Village.

Plemstall Church Memorial

 

 

 

 

 

Hoole Community Centre in Westminster Road now displays the World War II Roll of Honour originally erected in the Hoole Urban District Council office at what was The Elms, Hoole Road, which was demolished in 1980).

World War II Memorial in Hoole Community Centre

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All Saints Boys School had a memorial commemorating pupils who died during the Great War. A photograph of this lost memorial has been provided by Barbara Nuttall.

All Saints School Memorial existing on website

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three memorials exist in memory of Harry Urmson Hayes who was the son of George W. Hayes of Hoole Bank House. He was a 2nd Lieutenant in the 1st Battalion, The Black Watch, and was killed on 13th October 1915 in the Battle of Loos.

  1. Memorial tablet in Chester Cathedral.
  2. Plaque rescued from Chester Royal Infirmary when demolished commemorating a ward opened there in his name. Now at The Hammond School, (formerly Hoole Bank House), Mannings Lane.
  3. Brass Plate donating Hoole Bank House to The National Institute for the Blind in 1921 in memory of Harry, also at The Hammond School.

   

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Plaques commemorating Harry Urmson Hayes

Grp. Capt. Leonard Cheshire, VC. OM, DSO, DFC is commemorated by the blue plaque on the front elevation of 65, Hoole Road being his place of birth.

Details of some of the fallen of the area not recorded on the main War Memorials can be found on the Society's website. Names may also be found on the Roll of Honour erected in the entrance hall of Chester's Town Hall.

St. Werburgh's Roman Catholic Church has identified many members of the armed forces associated with St. Werburgh's Parish who died during both Wars.

The Society has also recorded the following occupational memorials:

Postal Staff

 

 

 

  1. Plaque commemorating Chester & District Postal Staff World War I now at Royal Mail House, Station Road, Chester (Chester Sorting/Delivery Office). Unveiled May 1921.
  2. Post Office staff memorial unveiled on 22nd May 1921 under the clock at Head Office (and main post office), St. John Street, Chester. This has now been relocated to the Cheshire Military Museum.

 

Chester & District Postal Staff Memorial

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Railway Staff

Great Western Railway Roll of Honour 1914-18 in Ticket Office at Chester Railway Station.

Great Western Railway Roll of Honour

Bronze memorial tablet (current location unknown) mounted on black marble unveiled on 13th December 1919 commemorating eight men who died in World War I and who were employed in the London & North Western Railway Station Sheds located near to Hoole Lane Bridge. Names: George Arundale, John T. Warburton, Samuel Maynard, Thomas Williams, Idris Phillips, Samuel Rathbone, Albert K. Gaulton, John Hughes.

 

 

 

 

 

Cheshire Observer 20th December 1919

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bradley's Outfitters, City Road

Details of a Roll of Honour dedicated to its employees who were engaged in World War I has been located in the Cheshire Record Office.

Article researched and written by Dave Rees, Hoole History & Heritage Society, with additional research by Alison Greenwood and other members of HHHS

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