The Community Stops and Remembers

On Sunday 11th November 2018 at, the community gathered in their hundreds at Hoole and Newton War Memorial to remember and honour the generation from the community who fought and served in the First World War and their families who remained anxiously at home during those years.

Phil Woodworth laying a wreath at Hoole and Newton War Memorial

The community came together for the Act of Remembrance and the laying of poppy wreaths at the War Memorial on Hoole Road, which was unveiled and dedicated opposite ‘The Elms’, the offices of Hoole Urban District Council, by Lieutenant General Sir Beauvoir De Lisle on Easter Sunday 1st April 1923 in a service conducted by the Bishop of Chester, assisted by Rev. Pavitt from All Saints. The General Station band played and there were representatives from the Councils, Hoole Fire Brigade, British Red Cross and the Guides and Scouts, among a large crowd filling all of Hoole Road.

For the centenary of the Armistice, this year, the clergy of the local churches joined together to conduct the Act of Remembrance at the War Memorial, with four generations of the local community in attendance.

The names of 95 men are listed on the Hoole and Newton War Memorial. Each of their stories has now been recorded for posterity. The stories of 47 other Hoole and Newton casualties, whose names were not listed in 1923, are now known.

Wreaths, expressing the deeply felt gratitude of the community to those who served were laid by the Lord Mayor, Councillor Alex Black, M.P. Chris Matheson, Councillor Angie Chidley, families of the young men who gave their lives in the war, the British Legion, the Scouts and Hoole History and Heritage Society.

 The Armistice Memorial Service was then held at All Saints Church, where larger numbers could be accommodated for the joint service. The School Choirs of Hoole C.E. Primary School and St. Martin’s Academy contributed songs on the theme of remembrance. Stories of two of those named on the War memorial, representing so many others, Rev. R.C. Morrison and William Joseph Jenkins, were told. After the Act of Remembrance, the children sang of the gift of the “Beautiful World” we have. This led into a Commitment to Peace, looking to the future.

Gathering at All Saints Church following the Service of Remembrance

Refreshments were then served, so that there was time for everyone to share their stories and to see displays provided by pupils of the schools and Hoole History and Heritage Society.

Many relatives of those named on the War Memorial attended on November 11th and laid wreaths, crosses and tributes. Hoole History and Heritage Society looks forward to keeping in touch with the representatives of the families who introduced themselves to the Society on November 11th, and to the people who brought photographs and memorabilia to All Saints’ Church.

Hoole History and Heritage Society: Chairman, Ralph Earlam; Vice-Chairman, Linda Webb; Treasurer, Phil Cook; and Secretary, Ruth Ludgate

Article researched and written by Linda Webb, November 2018, Hoole History & Heritage Society

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