- A stone panel inscribed with the names of those of the parish who fell in WW1.
- A framed document showing the names of those of the parish who fell "on active service" in WW2.
- A framed document showing the names of parishoners who were killed in an air raid during WW2.
W Stanley BARRY
William B BARDSLEY
James E BROOMHEAD
Harry H GREEN
James H HALKYARD
Willaim E LEWIS
Thomas H METCALFE
John W STOTT
J Edward TOLSON
E Worsley WESTBROOK
Alan H WHARAM
|Felix N ALEXANDER||George IBBOTSON|
|Alfred J AXON||Joseph LAWTON|
|Thomas N BERRY||+||Harold MONKS|
|Arthur BOOTH||Ronald H NASH|
|W Leonard BOWDEN||Fred PLANT|
|Harold BUNTING||John ROWBOTHAM|
|Harold R CULLEN||Harry H WARBURTON|
KILLED ON ACTIVE SERVICE 2nd WORLD WAR 1939 - 1945
"FAITHFUL UNTO DEATH"
F Stanley SHARPE
John J SUDLOW
Margaret A SUDLOW
KILLED BY ENEMY ACTION
LEAVING DIVINE SERVICE
22nd DECEMBER 1940
"IN GOD'S KEEPING".
Having recorded the above memorial to civilian air-raid casualties I wanted to know more, so I read the local newspaper (the North Cheshire Herald) for relevant the date. It gave the following:
Incidents of Air-Raid in North West
The news item is not very informative. It mentions that people had been killed while returning from a church service, but it doesn't give their names or location, although it does give the names some children who were killed in a different unspecified location. That was all the newspaper was allowed to print. The Herald was printed a quarter mile from the scene of the tragedy. Its reporters would have known all the details, perhaps personally known those killed, but the censor did not allow them to print the information.
The censorship of the time was an attempt to deny information to the enemy, but, post-war, it makes it difficult to obtain details of air-raid casualties. Perhaps this is why only a small percentage of the civilian bombing casualties are mentioned on war memorials, in contrast to those who died on active service where a great deal of effort was made to ensure that all were recorded.