MOTTRAM St. ANDREW
2020 REMEMBRANCE SERVICE
It Is now 75 years since the end of the Second World War and a small group commemorated VE Day on the 8th May and VJ Day on the 15th August outside the village chapel led by the Reverend Sue Swires.
The Second World War commenced on the 3rd September 1939 and lasted nearly six years and was followed by years of rationing into the 1950s.
The British Expeditionary Force set off with high hopes that the war would be over by Christmas, how wrong they were.
The war was not just fought in Northern Europe but was world-wide, taking place in Southern Europe, North Africa, South America and the Far East in Burma and India and the Pacific Islands as well.
Neither was it confined to the land but occurred in the air and at sea that resulted in the deaths of many Merchant Seamen
Some significant events were the Evacuation at Dunkirk, the Battle of Britain, the Battle of the Atlantic, the Arctic Convoys, the Malta Convoys, the Battle of the River Plate, the Battle of El Alamein, the Battle of Monte Cassino, the Battle of Kohima, the Normandy Landings and the Battle of Arnhem.
We owe so much to all those who served and died and we will continue to remember all those from both World Wars and other wars who gave their lives on behalf of their country especially the 23 men from our small village community.
For the freedom of the world these lives were given and for all time shall their names be honoured.
ALFRED EDWARD POLLARD
EDWARD CHARLES SLATER
FRANK SIMPSON WRIGHT
CHARLES EGERTON ENTWISTLE
JOHN WALTER FORREST DCM
RODERICK DONALD LARDNER
JOHN ARTHUR RYLE
HERBERT LOUIS STEARN
JOHN FREDERICK WALLER
JOHN CRAWFORD ATTY
GEORGE EDWARD POWELL
They shall grow not old as we who are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning.
We will remember them. We will remember them.
When you go home tell them of us and say –
For your tomorrow we gave our today.