The Moorside War Memorial

 

... I hope they will not be forgotten.'

.. were some of the words spoken by Barrett Evans on the evening of Thursday 13th May 1920 as he unveiled the Moorside War Memorial.

Barrett Evans was a Moorside parishioner who, despite being wounded several times, survived the horrors of the First World War.

On this page you can find out more about the history of the Moorside War Memorial and the names carved upon it. From the unveiling of the Memorial in 1920 through to our more recent request to find out more about the individuals listed.

 

Original newspaper article

Below is a transcript taken from an edition of a local newspaper (believed to be the Swinton and Pendlebury Journal) shortly after the dedication service of what was then a new memorial. We are trying to ascertain the exact date and origin of the article although, given the fact the unveiling ceremony took place on Thursday 13th May 1920, we strongly believe it was published sometime shortly afterwards. Do please contact us if you have any further information about the memorial.

Transcript of Old Newspaper Article

The Memorial Cross erected at Holy Rood churchyard, Moorside, in memory of parishioners who fell in the war was unveiled last night week the night of Ascension Day in the presence of a large gathering. The ceremony opened with a short service in the church conducted by the Rev. J.E. Roberts. The church was crowded. The choir afterwards walked in procession into the churchyard, taking up a position immediately behind the Cross.

The Holy Rood troop of Boy Scouts and the Girl Guides grouping on either side. The congregation gathered in Moorside Road adjoining The Memorial was unveiled by Sergeant Barret Evans, one of the first parishioners to join the Army in 1914. 'In memory of my comrades who made the great sacrifice' he said. He then placed at the foot a wreath sent by the members of the Parochial Church Council. Two hymns were sung under the conductorship of Mr. J. P. Jackson (Organist and Choirmaster) and a very impressive ceremony was brought to a close with the Benediction.

The Celtic Cross is a handsome, symmetrical erection of granite, standing 12ft 6in high and bearing the following inscription: This cross was erected in loving and grateful memory of the men of this parish who made the supreme sacrifice in the Great War, 1914 1918. The names of the 54 soldiers follow and below are the words Their name liveth evermore. 

Moorside War Memorial Names 1914 - 1918

In August 2014 the world will mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. By the end of the war in 1918 there were very few people in the countries that took part who remained unaffected.

The names listed below are those service personnel who made the supreme sacrifice during the First World War 1914 - 1918.

You can click on any surname to view that individual's entry on the Commonwealth War Grave's Commission's website.

The word 'Additional' in BOLD indicates there is further information listed about that particular individual. Given the number of names listed on this page researching these individuals does take time. Consequently, this page is constantly being updated so do please return frequently to check for updates.

We would of course love to hear from you if you have any information at all about any of the service personnel listed on this page. Use the 'Contact Us' link to establish contact and someone will be in touch in due course.  

Last update 18.1.13

T. Adams Additional

 

A.W. Jackson  Additional
J. Bailey Additional B. Jones Additional
J. W. Bainbridge Additional H. Leach Additional
H. Barnes Additional J.B. Leslie Additional
T.E. Barrow  Additional J. Lindsay Additional
E. Bate Additional T. Mather Additional
P. Belton Additional H. Metcalfe Additional
J. Berry Additional H. Moores Additional
T.H. Bevan Additional P. Murray Additional
T. Chapman Additional J.W. Myers  Additional
A. Critchley Additional G. Ogden Additional
P.R. Day Additional C. Phethean Additional
V.J. Deakin Additional J. Price Additional
R. Dendy Additional J. Rawlinson  Additional
F. Ellison Additional J. Royle Additional
F. Evans  Additional S. Royle Additional
C. Gleave Additional H.B. Rylands Additional
G. Greenwood Additional R.V. Rylands Additional
A. Hampson Additional B.H. Sellon Additional
H. Hayes Additional M. H. Sellon Additional
R. Heywood Additional H. Shedlock  Additional
S. Higginbottom Additional C. Smith Additional
C Hollinshead Additional H. Smith Additional
T Hollinshead Additional S. Taylor Additional
F. Hope Additional S. Williams Additional
R. Howard Additional S. Wilson Additional
T. Humphries Additional G.H. Wolfenden Additional

List end