Reliving wartime memories in Chapel-en-le-Frith

Recruits leaving Chapel-en-le-Frith station.
Recruits leaving Chapel-en-le-Frith station.

A three-day exhibition commemorating 100 years since the start of the First World War is being held in Chapel-en-le-Frith.

Entitled Chapel Parish in the Great War, the exhibition is taking place at Chapel Town Hall from September 26 to 28 and will include the names of all those who served, as well as biographical information on the servicemen who died in the conflict.

A special display will be devoted to Acting Sergeant James Heyworth, who was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for his bravery, while another will cover the four Heather brothers who all served in the war - Percy Heather was killed and Fred Heather was wounded.

When Fred’s fiancée Ada Braddock visited him in hospital in Manchester she collected written eye-witness accounts of the battle experiences of wounded soldiers, which will be on show as part of the exhibition.

Other displays will feature artefacts and war-time photographs, posters and newspaper cuttings as well as displays illustrating everyday life for people in Chapel during the war and a selection of books.

Anyone who has any artefacts relating to the First World War which can be loaned to the council for the exhibition should contact clerk Sue Stockdale on 01298 813320 or email clerk@chapel-en-le-frithparishcouncil.gov.uk.

A civic service, conducted by Canon Tony Kaunhoven, will take place at St Thomas Becket Church at 10.30am on September 28, to coincide with the exhibition.