( If you are reading the newsletter version of this please visit the website to see the photo and map – http://orchard.weaverham.org.uk/armistice-centenary-service-of-remembrance-at-the-memorial-orchard/ )
World War One effectively ended on Armistice day at 11.00 a.m. on the 11th November one hundred years ago but the end of fighting in the “War to end all wars” did not end the dying. On the 12th November Private Gilbert Thornton of 1/5 Battalion Cheshire Regiment died aged 22; he is commemorated on Hartford War Memorial. James Waterman, of 38 Grange Road, Weaverham, died of influenza just two weeks later, a victim of the great Spanish Flu pandemic that broke out in 1918. Many more have died in wars since then. One of the functions of Remembrance is to make personal the loss of life in war.
Private James A. Waterman, 6th Mobile Ammunition Col. Mechanical Transport, Royal Army Service Corps.
You can read more about some of the men commemorated on Weaverham and Hartford War Memorials who died in the last months of the war on Weaverham History Society’s Website : The months up to the Armistice
To commemorate the centenary of the signing of the Armistice in 1918 we will be holding an Ecumenical Service of Remembrance at the Memorial Orchard, Thorn Wood on Thursday, 15th November at 10.45 a.m. We do hope you will be able to join us. The service will be led by Fr Paul Standish assisted by Revs Chris Pritchard, Mike Smith and Paul Withington. Members of the local branch of the Royal British Legion will be laying a wreath.
The Grange School has kindly offered the use of their sports field car park which, from Hartford , is situated on the left hand side of Northwich Road shortly before the entrance to Thorn Wood. Disabled parking will be inside Thorn Wood.