We are delighted to have support from the community of Alderley Edge, who have raised funds to host Silhouette and Tommy installations.
The below information comes from Geoff Hall, with thanks.
Alderley Edge: World War 1 Remembered
Since 2014, local historian Michael Scaife has been researching all the 71 soldiers from WW1 named on our local war memorial. Each month in the Parish newsletter, which is distributed to every home in the village, he has given short biographies of the men who died in that month in 1918, together with background information about the progress of the war. From time to time his articles have also referred to war-related developments in the village, e.g the Red Cross hospital, Belgian refugees.
A number of the men were very young. Many had jobs in the village such as gardeners, chauffeurs and plumbers, but there were also sons of the Manchester merchants and professional men who had made Alderley Edge their home. Examples from different social backgrounds include Arthur Consterdine, one of the sons of the first Vicar of Alderley Edge, and Frederick Waller, son of the cemetery caretaker. Descendants or relatives of some of the men still live in the village. Unusually we have a woman, Emily Hutton, commemorated in the paving of the memorial. She was commandant of the Brookdale Red Cross Hospital and was awarded the OBE for her work.In 2015 we had a parish pilgrimage to visit Flanders Fields and we visited several of the graves of our local men. One was Frederick Gordon Ross, whose family still have a business in the village.
We intend to display one of our Tommies at the war memorial by the Parish Church, which is also the focal point for our annual Remembrance Day Parade.
The other figures will be displayed along the route taken by the Parade: on a roundabout at the south end of our village where five roads meet and outside the Union Club, with which many of the men were associated. Indeed the village learnt of its first casualty through a letter from a member serving in France to friends in the club.
In the Parish Church of St Philip &St James we have 5 of the seated Tommies and have a display of WW1 memorabilia about all the men on our memorial. We are very pleased to be part of the installation and are glad to have 4 Tommies in the village, made possible by donations from the Parish Council, local businesses and residents.